The case for a Torres Strait Islander‐driven, long‐term research agenda for environment, health and wellbeing

Cheer, Karen, Watkin Lui, Felecia, Shibasaki, Sanchia, Harvey, Alistair, Grainger, Daniel, and Tsey, Komla (2020) The case for a Torres Strait Islander‐driven, long‐term research agenda for environment, health and wellbeing. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44 (3). pp. 177-179.

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[Extract] Researchers and communities are seeking strategies to manage complex challenges regarding positive health for Torres Strait Islanders – a ‘wicked problem’ for which there is no straightforward solution.1 Proposed models for Torres Strait Islander‐driven research and policy analysis are not new.2 Yet a coordinated model for achieving synergy of multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders for environment, health and wellbeing has remained elusive. Partnerships between researchers and communities are typically limited by project scope and funding duration. Research capacity‐building efforts have focused on individual researchers. This has successfully produced a new generation of Torres Strait Islander researchers across disciplines, including Meriba buay‐ngalpan wakaythoemamy (also known as the Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Community of Practice or CoP). However, support for local community organisations to drive their own long‐term research agenda is found wanting. Given Torres Strait Islanders’ previous and current calls for autonomy, the community itself is best positioned to determine key priorities and to understand the context for decision making.3-5 How can Torres Strait Islander communities leverage research that properly informs decision‐making and action towards positive health and wellbeing?

Item ID: 63399
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1753-6405
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Copyright Information: © 2020 The Authors This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial‐NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Funders: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Institute, Lowitja Institute (LI), Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Discovery Indigenous Grant Number: INI90100061
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 23:53
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 100%
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