The research dance: university and community research collaborations at Yarrabah, North Queensland, Australia

Mayo, Kevin, Tsey, Komla, McCalman, Janya, Whiteside, Mary, Fagan, Ruth, and Baird, Leslie (2009) The research dance: university and community research collaborations at Yarrabah, North Queensland, Australia. Health and Social Care in the Community, 17 (2). pp. 133-140.

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This article reflects upon collaborative research relationships between indigenous communities and universities in social health and empowerment programmes. This article is focused on Family Well Being programme and Indigenous Men’s Support Groups conducted over the last decade at Yarrabah in northern Queensland. These programmes have incorporated a process whereby the community has set research agendas, local researchers have been employed, and university researchers have facilitated the development of appropriate programmes, the capacity of the community to manage these, and programme evaluation. This article draws upon reflective data derived from intensive group workshops and semistructured, in-depth interviews with both community and university based researchers conducted in late 2006 and early 2007. These workshops and interviews describe, often in the words of participants, the experiences, challenges and strategies for research collaborations. This article recommends positive strategies for successful partnerships and outlines some challenges faced by both community and university researchers in programmes. The findings of the interviews and workshops are thematically discussed in relation to international literature on collaborative research.

Item ID: 8179
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2524
Keywords: community participation; empowerment; evaluation and community-based research; health and social sciences; participation and empowerment; qualitative research
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 01:26
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 100%
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