Research with, not on or for Aboriginal Communities
Aboriginal health is defined not only by the physical wellbeing of an individual, but by the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the whole community.
The health of individual people is closely linked to the capacity of health and other systems. Our research activities have a holistic approach that span all levels of care, as well as individual, family and community systems. UNSW research aims to build capacity in services to meet community needs.
Aboriginal communities have seen many researchers come and go, often creating and then dissipating trust. UNSW Medicine undertakes sustained work involving a group of committed, knowledgeable and engaged researchers. To generate change, medicine researchers build deep relationships with Elders, leaders and community members.
Our Aboriginal health research capability is made up of local, national and international leaders in basic sciences, clinical, public and allied health. These researchers have proven expertise in driving top-quality clinical care, research and education. It includes Aboriginal Elders and community representatives, researchers, policymakers, educators, program deliverers, service leaders and peak body members.
Together, we are working to:
- build Aboriginal leadership and perspectives, to align research, practice and community needs
- audit and benchmark integrated, holistic models of care
- lead the development of innovative research methodologies and tools
- implement effective workforce development programs
- translate best practice into policy
- stimulate opportunities for further research.