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Collaborating for community-engaged scholarship in health and wellbeing: a co-autoethnographic study of an Indigenous self-determined researcher development

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posted on 19.07.2018, 00:00 by Roxanne BainbridgeRoxanne Bainbridge, Bronwyn FredericksBronwyn Fredericks, K Clapham, C Anderson, R Ball, M Longbottom, D Bessarab, L Collard, M Adams, YL Roe
In this article, we provide an emic perspective of being uniquely positioned as part of Australia’s only multidisciplinary Indigenous research network, the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). We used collaborative autoethnography and reflection in our practices and experiences. Our purpose was to better understand and improve the functionality of our research network and practice, and to offer some direction for the growth and sustainability of NIRAKN and similar networks. Our narratives strongly demonstrate that mainstream models of support for Indigenous researchers have major limitations for professional development and cultural safety, and do not meet our needs and realities. The significant message is that we need appropriately resourced exclusive spaces and must lead, develop and define the theoretical and cultural specifications and applications of Indigenous researcher support models in higher education institutions. The model should be cross-disciplinary, have national and international reach and be characterised by connectedness, cultural safety and self-determination, and be located in a resource-rich environment.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

9

Issue

2

Start Page

1

End Page

19

Number of Pages

19

ISSN

1837-0144

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

External Author Affiliations

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Brisbane; Edith Cowan University; University of Western Australia; University of Newcastle; Australian National University; University of Tasmania; University of Wollongong

Author Research Institute

Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies