Annual Report 2003/2004 Menzies School of Health Research
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22 | Indigenous Forum | Menzies School of Health Research 2003 Annual Report indigenous forum enzies School of Health Research established the Indigenous Forum to provide a framework for enhanced representation, support and participation of its Indigenous staff and students. The Forum meets regularly to promote the involvement of Indigenous staff in all MSHR activities, and provides targeted professional development opportunities for its members. The group provides an understanding of local Indigenous history and culture to ensure our research outcomes will be readily accepted by Indigenous communities, and ultimately, to improve the health of Aboriginal people. This is particularly important, as despite numerous initiatives and programs to improve the health of Indigenous people living in remote communities, there are still major ongoing health problems and disadvantages in health care. This failure to improve Aboriginal health often stems from a lack of awareness or knowledge of distinct cultural, language, environmental and economic differences between remote Aboriginal communities and urban Australia. Instead, Indigenous people tend to be viewed as non-compliant to certain available treatments that have been used effectively in urban settings whereas, in reality, different cultural values and lifestyles means the delivery of these treatments may not work as effectively in an Indigenous setting. Through the Indigenous Forum, MSHR actively fosters participation and collaboration with Indigenous people throughout the research process. Our aim is to have optimal Indigenous involvement in the design, conduct and participation of research projects that focus on Aboriginal health. Indigenous employees, particularly in research roles, and strong linkages with Indigenous communities are key components of what makes MSHR a unique research organisation. M Norma Benger, Interim Convenor of the Indigenous Forum.