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ECU launches new Aboriginal Research and Study Protocols

Monday, 17 September 2012


Marking the beginning of ECU Research Week 2012, Kurongkurl Katitjin has released a key document Aboriginal Research and Study Protocols, which serves as a guide for ECU staff and students undertaking research, projects or fieldwork that involve Indigenous Australian issues, people or knowledge or that impact on Indigenous people or communities.

ECU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Advancement), Professor John Finlay-Jones, officially launched the document at a small ceremony held today at Kurongkurl Katitjin.

Through funding from Bellberry Ltd. in 2011, a new Senior Research Fellow position within Kurongkurl Katitjin was established to strengthen ECU’s Indigenous health research, including the development of Aboriginal Research Protocols to be implemented across ECU and made available nationally.

Initially lead by then Senior Research Fellow, Dr Daniel McAullay, the Aboriginal Research and Study Protocols have now been produced and are based on two key elements, namely ethics and consultation.

These protocols also fulfill a strategic priority of ECU’s current Reconciliation Action Plan to ensure that research activity is informed by thorough cultural awareness and respect.

Information sessions

To support the Aboriginal Research and Study Protocols, Kurongkurl Katitjin will be facilitating two information sessions this week to provide a general overview and opportunity to explore them more closely.

These sessions will be presented by Kurongkurl Katitjin’s Senior Research Officer, Ms Francesca Robertson, and will be run on:

Joondalup Campus - Building 31, Room 447
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 at 10am-11am
Mount Lawley Campus - Building 15, Room 127
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 at 10am-11am

This current version of the protocols have been endorsed by the Human Research Ethics Committee for the ECU research community and will soon receive endorsement by the Research and Higher Degrees Committee and Academic Board.


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