Aboriginal communities and rural health researchers ‘walking side-by-side’

Tuesday, 6 July 2021
Man and woman silhouetted against the background

The Alliance and the team at the Australian Journal of Rural Health (the Journal) have acknowledged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and communities during NAIDOC Week 2021.

Published by the Journal publisher Wiley, the collection ‘NAIDOC 2021’ features more than 50 articles to “acknowledge this important week and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples”.

The collection includes a video feature of an AJRH paper exploring community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships with university-based researchers and rural Aboriginal communities in NSW.

The paper, ‘We walked side by side through the whole thing’: A mixed-methods study of key elements of community-based participatory research partnerships between rural Aboriginal communities and researchers, focused on the communities’ priorities around reducing alcohol harm.

“The study found that complementary expertise of stakeholders, an openness to learning, trust, and community leadership are key to a successful community-based participatory research partnership,” said the authors Mieke Snijder; Annemarie Wagemakers; Bianca Calabria; Bonita Byrne; Jamie O'Neill; Ronald Bamblett; Alice Munro; Anthony Shakeshaft.

AJRH Editor-in-Chief Russell Roberts says, “This study reflects the Journal’s commitment to authentic and collaborative rural health research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, research partners and participants. 

“In the past five years the Journal has published more than 150 papers – including original research, reports, systematic reviews, commentary and letters – that go towards advancing our knowledge and clinical services for rural and remote communities,” Professor Roberts said.