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Te Ara Tika. Guidelines for Māori research ethics: A framework for researchers and ethics committee members (Guidance and Resource Material | 2010)0

Posted by Admin in on November 16, 2016

This document outlines a framework for addressing Māori ethical issues within the context of decision-making by ethics committee members. It draws on a foundation of tikanga Māori (Māori protocols and practices) and will be useful for researchers, ethics committee members and those who engage in consultation or advice about Māori ethical issues from a local, regional, national or international perspective.

Research contributes to the broader development objectives of society. Ethics has a specific role in guiding key behaviours, processes and methodologies used in research. International codes of ethics such as the Nuremburg Code (1947)2, the Helsinki Declaration (1964)3, the Belmont Report (1979)4 and, more recently, the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005)5 shape the changing ethical standards and professional expectations for researchers.

These codes have often been developed in response to examples of research that resulted in adverse outcomes and/or experiences for participants and their communities. Despite formal processes and codes of ethics there is ongoing evidence of unethical research practice which highlights the importance of the researcher’s own credibility, trust, honesty and integrity vis-à-vis6 the research project and participants.

Table of Contents
Background to the guidelines and the framework
Whakapapa – He aha te whakapapa o tēnei kaupapa?
Tika – Me pehea e tika ai tēnei kaupapa?
Manaakitanga – Mā wai e manaaki tēnei kaupapa?
Mana – Kei a wai te mana mō tēnei kaupapa?
Glossary of Māori terms
Appendix A: Timeline of developments in Māori research ethics
Appendix B: Māori Ethical Frameworks
Appendix C: Characteristics of Māori research

Hudson M, Milne M, Reynolds P, Russell K and Smith B (2010) Te Ara Tika. Guidelines for Māori research ethics: A framework for researchers and ethics committee members. Final Draft. Available at:

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Public consultation underway on a new chapter 3.1 and a revision to chapter 3.5 of the National Statement – Have your say0

Posted by Admin in on November 6, 2016

The Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) of the NHMRC is currently coordinating a public consultation with regard to a new Chapter 3.1, significant revisions to Chapter 3.5, associated minor changes to Section 5 and proposed additions to the Glossary of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. The Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA) are seeking the input of a wide range of researchers, research ethics reviewers and research office staff.

You can find the details of this public consultation process here.

Three members of the AHRECS team (Gary, Colin and Mark) were members of the 10 person committee that drafted the new Chapter 3.1. The drafting committee’s recommendations were considered and endorsed by the National Statement Review Working Group, which includes nominees from the ARC and UA. The AHRECS team are proud of our role in the drafting of the new Chapter 3.1 and the additions to the Glossary. We believe that this material will provide useful guidance with regard to the ethical design and the review of human research across a far wider range of human research (sub)disciplines, methods and designs than is addressed by the existing National Statement.

We also believe the proposed changes to Chapter 3.5 make a welcome contribution with regard to genomic research.

With full acknowledgement that we are not an unbiased commentator with regard to these changes, we urge members of the AHRECS community to read through the changes and consider submitting a response to the public consultation. Making a submission is important even if you are supportive of the proposed changes. Indeed, given the significance of what has been proposed an expression of support may be essential to ensure the changes are included in the National Statement.

Research Ethics, Trauma and Self-care: reflections on disaster geographies (Papers: Christine Eriksen 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on November 1, 2016


In this Research Note, I reflect on researcher trauma in the discipline of geography, and explore ways to build a framework for researcher self-care by facilitating conversations about mental health in collaboration with Human Research Ethics Committees, Professional and Organisational Development Services and Workplace Health and Safety units.

KEYWORDS: Researcher self-care, human research ethics, trauma, workplace health and safety, disaster, Australia,

Eriksen C (2016) Research Ethics, Trauma and Self-care: reflections on disaster geographies. Australian Geographer. 0(0) pp1-6

Ethics in Early Childhood Research (Books – Chapter Ann Farrell, et al | 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on October 25, 2016

Recent decades have seen an upsurge of research with and about young children, their families and communities. The Handbook of Early Childhood Research will provide a landmark overview of the field of early childhood research and will set an agenda for early childhood research into the future. It includes 31 chapters provided by internationally recognized experts in early childhood research. The team of international contributors apply their expertise to conceptual and methodological issues in research and to relevant fields of practice and policy. The Handbook recognizes the main childhoodcontexts of early childhood research: home and family contexts; out-of-home contexts such as services for young children and their families; and broader societal contexts of that evoke risk for young children.

The Handbook includes sections on: the field of early childhood research and its key contributions; new theories and theoretical approaches in early childhood research; collecting and analysing data; applications of early childhood research

This Handbook will become the valuable reference text for students, practitioners and researchers from across the social sciences and beyond who are engaged in research with young children.

Disciplines: Education, Communication and Media Studies, Counseling and Psychotherapy, Health

Keywords: children, early childhood, youngest child, childhood

Farrell A, Kagan SL. & Tisdall E M. (2016). Ethics in early childhood research. In Farrell, A., Kagan, S. L. & Tisdall, E. M. The SAGE handbook of early childhood research (pp. 187-200). London, : SAGE Publications Ltd doi: 10.4135/9781473920859.n12