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Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS)

 


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Published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. This resource was first published in 2002 and was updated in 2010 and 2012. The guidelines outline 15 principles which should inform the conception, design, conduct and reporting the results of research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Arguably the principles discussed in the GERAIS document are a far more useful reference for research outside of the health sciences compared to the NHMRC’s Values and Ethics guidelines.

“Indigenous peoples have inherent rights, including the right to self-determination. The principles in these Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies are founded on respect for these rights, including rights to full and fair participation in any processes, projects and activities that impact on them, and the right to control and maintain their culture and heritage. AIATSIS considers that these principles are not only a matter of ethical research practice but of human rights.

“It is essential that Indigenous people are full participants in research projects that concern them, share an understanding of the aims and methods of the research, and share the results of this work. At every stage, research with and about Indigenous peoples must be founded on a process of meaningful engagement and reciprocity between the researcher and Indigenous people. It should also be recognised that there is no sharp distinction between researchers and Indigenous people. Indigenous people are also researchers, and all participants must be regarded as equal partners in a research engagement.”



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