ECU is committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities towards reconciliation as outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan.
At ECU we are proud to have a number of outstanding researchers, some of whom have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. We leverage this expertise to provide insight into culturally appropriate conduct and protocols in research relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Learn more about the fantastic research going on in this space through our Researcher Journey articles.
ECU will continue to support, recruit and train Indigenous staff and students and contribute to the awareness of cultural practices, knowledge and research of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The ECU Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy for Research articulates ECU's plans in implementing the ECU Reconciliation Action Plan (ECU Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2021: Theme Seven - Research) and Indigenous Strategy (Universities Australia's Indigenous Strategy 2017-2020) for Research.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research has great scope to improve services and outcomes for Indigenous peoples and their communities. Appropriate preparation and planning in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and community-controlled organisations, can ensure that research projects respect shared values as well as recognise the diversity, priorities, needs, and aspirations of these communities.
ECU's Protocols for conducting a research project with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities helps drive the implementation of ECU's Reconciliation Action Plan, Action 34 - "Continued implementation of agreed protocols on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research to ensure that research activity is informed by sound cultural-awareness and respect."
Forging change in organisational approaches with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
ECU researcher, Jesse John Fleay is passionate about driving social change for the improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and all Australians.
Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Education and Research leads a range of projects focusing on health, education and culture and actively contributes to a range of research projects across ECU and further afield.
The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet, an integral part of Kurongkurl Katitjin, provides up-to-date, evidence-informed, and practical information to health professionals and community organisations working to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.
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