A framework for preferred practices in conducting culturally competent health research in a multicultural society

It was a real privilege to work with my colleagues Lisa Woodland, Ilse Blignault and Cathy O’Callaghan on this paper.

All research takes place within broader systems of gender and sociopolitical environments [29, 30]. We do not wish to minimize the importance of the social determinants of health in producing and reproducing health inequities [53]. On the contrary, we would argue that cultural differences need to be understood alongside gender, educational status and socioeconomic status [54]. This highlights the importance of a culturally competent research team and community partners in interpreting study results and considering their implications. We are also conscious of the need to recognize the protective aspects of culture. Culture should not be problematized by health services or health researchers. Culture provides shared meaning and identity, as well as enabling mechanisms for material support. Further, culture is not static but ever-changing, as is the multicultural profile of Australian society.

Woodland, L., Blignault, I., O’Callaghan, C., & Harris-Roxas, B. (2021). A framework for preferred practices in conducting culturally competent health research in a multicultural society. Health Research Policy and Systems, 19(1), 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-020-00657-y

I hope it makes a useful contribution to the field, as well as providing a practical set of considerations for people who are planning to undertake research with culturally and linguistically groups.

Ethical Protocol for evaluation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settings

The ethical protocol provides principles and guidance on how to respect the elders, cultural knowledge, and lands and seas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It provides a tool to frame and design an ethical approach to apply throughout all stages of monitoring and evaluation tasks and processes.
— Read on www.betterevaluation.org/en/themes/indigenous_evaluation/ethical_protocol

Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health Conference Conference Statement

1. Nation state governments must reform the way health resources are shared. Community health initiatives and programs that are built on place-based knowledge must be supported and recognised for the leadership and expertise they contain.
2. Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing are norms and should not be marginalised. They are not alternatives; they are not perspectives: they are our lived truth. 
3. Our health is connected to our land and our seas. As Indigenous peoples of the world we are the protectors of these sacred lands and waters. It is our responsibility to connect our knowledges for positive change. 
4. We have the right to our own institutions where we mentor our emerging thinkers, where we speak our truths, where we celebrate our ways of being
— Read the full statement at www.conference2019.lowitja.org.au/2019-conference-statement