A micro analysis of a participatory action research process with a rural Aboriginal men’s health group

Tsey, Komla, Patterson, David, Whiteside, Mary, Baird, Leslie, Baird, Bradley, and Tsey, Kwame (2004) A micro analysis of a participatory action research process with a rural Aboriginal men’s health group. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 10 (1). pp. 64-71.

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Abstract

Our recent paper (Tsey, Patterson, Whiteside, Baird, & Baird, 2002) analysed the early stages of a participatory action research process (PAR) designed to support members of a rural Aboriginal men’s group to take greater control and responsibility for the factors influencing their health and wellbeing. This follow-up paper focusses on key challenges and opportunities associated with the PAR process. Among other things, the paper highlights: a need for training providers and policy-makers to give more attention to the issue of community development skills and how to promote the uptake of such skills more widely in Indigenous settings; the importance of taking a “solution-focussed approach” in line with the principles of PAR when doing community development work; a need for relevant training and creation of real employment opportunities to be central to strategies designed to support rural Aboriginal men to take their rightful place; a need for the men’s group to promote the broad spectrum of its activities more widely so as to minimise an image problem that the men’s group is only for men having problems; and, above all, an urgent need for the men’s group organisers to play leadership roles through, for example, dialogue with local gay men so as to jointly come up with ideas to make the men’s group more accessible for all men, including gay men.

Item ID: 8138
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Indigenous men’s health groups; participatory action research; skills in community development; training and employment; solution–focussed approach to problems; gay–friendly
ISSN: 1836-7399
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2010 05:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 40%
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