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Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics guidelines

Closes on Friday, 7 July 2017, 11:59pm (AEDT)

Synopsis

In 2013, NHMRC commissioned an evaluation of the following ethical guidelines:

  • Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research 2003 (Values and Ethics)
  • Keeping Research on Track: A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics 2005 (Keeping Research on Track).

The evaluation was intended to guide the revision of these guidelines, and recommended that two revised drafts be developed as companion guidelines and made available as a set. The Indigenous Research Ethics Guidelines (IREG) Review Working Committee was established to undertake this review, and two revised draft guidelines have been developed:

  • Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders
  • Keeping research on track II.

The draft Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders is a revised version of Values and Ethics. The draft Keeping research on track II is a revised version of Keeping Research on Track.

The scope of both draft guidelines has been broadened to cover research across all disciplines, whereas the previous guidelines were focused on health research. Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders details the six core values to ensure all human research undertaken for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities:

  • respects the shared values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • is relevant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities, needs and aspirations
  • develops long-term ethical relationships among researchers, institutions and sponsors
  • develops best practice ethical standards of research.

Keeping research on track II provides information on how to apply and demonstrate the six core values.

The guidelines are intended to complement each other and should be used in conjunction. Design and layout of the final guidelines will be undertaken after all public consultation input has been considered.

When the final guidelines are released, it is proposed that some introductory, historical and contextual information that was previously provided in the original guidelines will be placed on NHMRC’s website. This information was not included in the revised guidelines in the interests of reducing overall volume. Placing this information on NHMRC’s website will ensure that all users have access to it. A draft of this information is available as supporting background material.

The Australian Research Council and Universities Australia are actively participating in the development of the revised guidelines with a view that the final revised guidelines will be jointly published by all three organisations.

These revised guidelines are now available for public consultation, under Section 13 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992, which requires NHMRC to undertake public consultation. NHMRC is keen to ensure that the Australian community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities, have the best opportunity to participate in developing guidance on matters of health and research ethics, and now seeks your comments on the proposed changes to the these guidelines.

Your submission must contain one or more of the following:

  • comments on sections of the draft guidelines
  • answers to specific consultation questions
  • general comments.

The revised guidelines are accompanied by explanatory material to provide clarity regarding the changes in structure and content in both guidelines. Some specific consultation questions are also provided, although comments on any aspect of the guidelines are welcomed.

Consultation documents

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Consultation date

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Opening date: 
Monday, 8 May 2017 - 11:00am
Closing date: 
Friday, 7 July 2017 - 11:59pm
Extension: 
Please note that for some NHMRC consultations no extensions will be given. Where extensions are available you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and started a submission.

How to make your submission

The preferred option for public submissions is the Online method below. If you have already registered on this site please login here.
For further information please view the Submission Guidelines page.

Contact for further information
  • ethics@nhmrc.gov.au
  • Phone: 13 000 NHMRC (13 000 64672) or +61 2 6217 9000
  • Fax: +61 2 6217 9100
Public submissions

Page reviewed: 8 May, 2017