The Kirby Institute
Level 6 Seminar Room
Wallace Wurth Building
Sydney NSW 2052
The Kirby Institute is pleased to present:
Victoria Jones-Executive Officer, Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) Ethics Committee Secretariat
"Research Obstacles and Ethical Ordeals; Exploring challenges and solutions to undertaking successful Aboriginal health research"
Undertaking research that may impact on Aboriginal people, either through general population research or specifically focused Aboriginal health research, can be a challenging exercise for researchers who are unfamiliar with cultural expectations, obligations and knowledge to work effectively with Aboriginal people and communities. This can impact upon research projects that involve Aboriginal peoples directly or data linkage and other epidemiological research meeting NHMRC and AH&MRC standards on Aboriginal health research. This presentation offers some insight into the importance of Aboriginal community support and involvement in Aboriginal health and general population research projects, the criteria that must be met for ethical approval of these projects and how researchers can plan and design appropriate research projects that can meet the appropriate standards when seeking ethical approval in NSW.
Victoria Jonesis a Barkindji women from north-west NSW, who has been employed in the NSW Aboriginal community controlled health sector for nearly 30 years. She is currently employed as Executive Officer, AH&MRC Ethics Committee Secretariat. The AH&MRC is the peak representative body on Aboriginal health in NSW, and has a membership comprising of 49 NSW Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs), who deliver primary health care services and which operate under a locally-elected Aboriginal Board of Directors. Victoria has an extensive understanding of the health landscape and has a diverse range of experience in the development and implementation of policies in Aboriginal primary health care service delivery, sexual health, eye health, rural & remote health management, general practice education & training, social & emotional well-being, research and ethics and including frontline service delivery in managing a remote ACCHSs. Having a personal and professional commitment to build on knowledge and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, Victoria also delivers Aboriginal cultural awareness training to encourage understanding of government policies and settlement impacts in addressing the social determinants of health for Aboriginal people.