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What You Do is Important But How You Do it is More Important: Engaging Indigenous Men in Rural Mental Health Services Research

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Isaacs, AN and Pepper, H and Pyett, P and Gruis, HA and Waples-Crowe, P and Oakley Browne, MA, What You Do is Important But How You Do it is More Important: Engaging Indigenous Men in Rural Mental Health Services Research, Qualitative Research Journal, 11, (1) pp. 51-61. ISSN 1443-9883 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3316/QRJ1101051

Abstract

Evidence on the methods followed by non-Indigenous researchers for conducting research that involves Indigenous people in Australia is sparse. This paper describes the methodology and steps followed by a non-Indigenous researcher for engaging men from an Aboriginal community in rural Victoria in conducting mental health services research. It describes the process adopted to initiate research and build research capacity within an Indigenous community where Indigenous researchers were unavailable and the local communities were ill-equipped to conduct research themselves. The methodology followed was informed by the values and ethics guidelines of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, the decolonizing methodology of Linda Tuhiwai Smith as well as methods suggested by other authors. Lessons learnt included providing for a long time frame, which is necessary to develop relationships and trust with individuals and their Communities, adopting a flexible approach and engaging cultural advisers who represent different sections of the Community.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indigenous research methodology, research methods, health services research, menís
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Indigenous Health
Objective Field:Indigenous Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Oakley Browne, MA (Professor Mark Oakley Browne)
ID Code:72756
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2011-08-31
Last Modified:2017-11-13
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