The Indigenous Resiliency Project: a worked example of community-based participatory research
Julie Mooney-Somers A B and Lisa Maher A
A National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, University of New South Wales (on behalf of the Indigenous Resiliency Project Australian Steering Committee)
B Corresponding author. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW Public Health Bulletin 20(8) 112-118 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB09007
Published: 7 September 2009
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is often cited as a suitable methodological approach for academic researchers wanting to work collaboratively with Indigenous communities. This paper describes the Indigenous Resiliency Project currently being conducted in Redfern, Townsville and Perth. This case study is used to demonstrate how a group of university-based researchers and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services have used CBPR to work with young Indigenous Australians to explore young people’s perspectives on resilience in relation to bloodborne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. This paper also describes some initial benefits gained through the process of developing the Indigenous Resiliency CBPR Project, such as: developing research capacity; establishing relationships between community organisations and research institutions; and prioritising ethical and social considerations in the conduct of research. A commentary on the experience of one health worker involved in the project accompanies the paper.
Holmes WStewart PGarrow AAnderson IThorpe L2002Researching Aboriginal health: experience from a study of urban young people’s health and well-being.Soc Sci Med548126779doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(01)00095-8Pubmed Abstract
Cochran PAMarshall CAGarcia-Downing CKendall ECook DMcCubbin Let al.2008Indigenous ways of knowing: implications for participatory research and community.Am J Public Health981227doi:10.2105/AJPH.2006.093641Pubmed Abstract
Smith LT. Decolonizing methodologies: research and indigenous peoples. London, New York: Zed Books; 1999.
Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit. We can like research ... in Koori hands: A community report on Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit’s research workshops in 2007. Melbourne: The University of Melbourne; 2008.
National Health and Medical Research Council. The NHMRC Road Map: A Strategic Framework for Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health through Research. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council; 2002.
National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research Council, Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee. National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Canberra: National Health and Medical Research Council; 2007.
Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales. AH&MRC Guidelines for Research into Aboriginal Health: Key principles. Sydney: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales; 2008.
Baum FMacDougall CSmith D2006Participatory action research.J Epidemiol Community Health608547doi:10.1136/jech.2004.028662Pubmed Abstract
Viswanathan M, Ammerman A, Eng E, Garlehner G, Lohr K, Griffith D et al. Community-based participatory research: assessing the evidence. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2004.
Coupland HMaher L2005Clients or colleagues? Reflections on the process of participatory action research with young injecting drug users.Int J Drug Policy1631918doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2004.12.002
Bostock JFreeman J2003‘No limits’: Doing participatory action research with young people in Northumberland.J Community Appl Soc Psychol13646474doi:10.1002/casp.751
Nelson GOchocka JGriffin KLord J1998‘Nothing about me, without me’: participatory action research with self-help/mutual aid organizations for psychiatric consumers/survivors.Am J Community Psychol266881912doi:10.1023/A:1022298129812Pubmed Abstract
Pyett P2002Working together to reduce health inequalities: reflections on a collaborative participatory approach to health research.Aust N Z J Public Health2643326doi:10.1111/j.1467-842X.2002.tb00180.xPubmed Abstract
Tsey KPatterson DWhiteside MBaird LBaird BTsey K2004A microanalysis of a participatory action research process with a rural Aboriginal men’s health group.Australian Journal of Primary Health1016471
Hecker R, Gordon E, Delaney S, Schuil C, Capon A, editors. The benefits of participatory evaluation methods in evaluating Aboriginal health programs. Evaluation: Equipping communities and government conference; 1997; Curtin, ACT. Australasian Evaluation Society.
Larkins SLPage RPPanaretto KSScott RMitchell MRAlberts Vet al.2007Attitudes and behaviours of young Indigenous people in Townsville concerning relationships, sex and contraception: the “U Mob Yarn Up” project.Med J Aust186105138Pubmed Abstract
Brough MBond CHunt JJenkins DShannon CSchubert L2006Social capital meets identity: Aboriginality in an urban setting.J Sociol (Melb)424396411doi:10.1177/1440783306069996
Brydon-Miller M. Using Participatory Action Research to Address Community Health Issues. In: Murray M, editor. Critical Health Psychology. London: Palgrave; 2003, pp. 187–202.
Kidd SAKral MJ2005Practicing participatory action research.J Couns Psychol52218795doi:10.1037/0022-0188.8.131.52
Erick WMooney-Somers JAkee AMaher L2008Resilience to blood borne and sexually transmitted infections: the development of a participatory action research project with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Townsville.Aborig Isl Health Work J32658
Mooney-Somers J, Erick W, Brockman D, Scott R, Maher L. Indigenous Resiliency Project Participatory Action Research Component: A report on the Research Training and Development Workshop, Townsville, February 2008. Sydney: National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, The University of New South Wales; 2008. Available from: http://www.nchecr.unsw.edu.au/NCHECRweb.nsf/resources/PAR-report/$file/PARwshop-report_TAIHS.pdf (Cited 3 July 2009.)