Research

Research

Mission and Aims

Our Mission

To improve and promote the health and well-being of Aboriginal people in the Kimberley through the application of practical community and health service based primary health care research

Our Aim is to conduct high quality research that

  • Applies research findings to improve the health of, and improve health services for, Aboriginal people in the Kimberley
  • Provides evidence based best practice models of health care for Aboriginal people
  • Documents and helps to improve the impact of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) on health outcomes
  • Develops strong, productive and enduring research partnerships that empower communities and health services to ask and answer their own research questions, and provide important evidence to inform future health care provision and policy development

Guidelines and Priorities

Health research carried in the Kimberley:

  • Must be of value to the region
  • Does not duplicate previous research
  • Follow-on implications must be considered
  • Must have genuine community consultation and participation
  • The research should increase research capacity in the region

Research Priorities for the Kimberley

  1. The health issue is common and / or serious in the Kimberley
  2. The issue is important for the health and well-being of Aboriginal people
  3. There is a lack of available information on important aspects of the issue and increasing knowledge through research is likely to lead to important outcomes for Kimberley people
  4. Knowledge is available from mainstream research on the issue but there is reason to believe the evidence may not be generalisable to Aboriginal and / or Kimberley populations
  5. The issue is important for quality improvement / development of primary health care services in a Kimberley setting
  6. The skills and capacity (including human and financial) are available to be able to conduct the research