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Section 3 (Chapters 3.1 & 3.5), Glossary and Revisions to Section 5 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007 submission

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Lowen
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Clarke
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This is a submission from Lowen Clarke and [NHMRC has removed personal information]
Thanks for the opportuninty to write in to comment.  Both [NHMRC has removed personal information] and Lowen Clarke are Doctoral students at MIECAT Institute, and we both use at least two research methods in our work.  These are a systems psycho-dynamic approach, which derives from the work of Wilfred Bion, and uses Action Research as the model, and the arts based creative inquiry method of MIECAT.  
 
These methods have as much rigour and coherence as scientific methods, and respect the discipline of the creative person.  Even the wonderful projects that are straight out Science method, however, have beginings : and these are the very stuff of the newer formed methods.
 
Behind each, there are group discussions and brainstorming, maybe drinks at a conference, maybe some form of serendipity.  These are important parts of research.
 
Modern methods such as Action Research, Creative Inquiry, Arts based inquiry, Phenomenological research, theological inquiry, are part of the diversity of research that can actually help any research.
 
So, even a scientific enquiry may be helped by the application of one of these other methods.
 
The National change, means that we are finally getting to a time when this is beginging to be understood, and we both applaud that.  
 
There needs to be consistency, coherence, and rigor in all methods, and this is definitely contained in the above methods, when applied well.
 
 
We are both pleased to see that the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research may now include and welcome more methods of research than has been the case.
 
Breaking the process of inquiry into parts is a good start, and now each part could be matched to a list of possible research methods.  The interdisciplinary enquiry that could develop from an initial brainwave might then be able to be documented and reflected on as it happens. 
 
A co-created body of data can then develop.
 
Outcomes could also have measurements put on them.  As long as a researcher also knows that there is much to be learnt from what seems to be a small result or even failure, measurements will not seem offensive.
 
So we welcome the beginnings of change within the Statement.  The point is that diversity is good, and that it is probably being practised there anyway, deep down, but not being seen.
 
Lowen Clarke and [NHMRC has removed personal information]
 
 
From Lowen Clarke :
When I applied for a research grant to the then Research Council, in the 1980’s, both my project and method were treated badly, and I was effectively humiliated rather than helped.
 
After another 30 years of research now independantly, I can say, I have been utterly vindicated in what I applied for, and what may have been a loose method then, has now become a good set of methods, and my research has produced the goods.
 
If there had been understanding of other research methods, or even a nicer attitude, maybe my journey could have been easier.  
 
As a result, I am very pleased to see the movement forward on the area of method.  It will gain momentum.
 
Lowen
 
 
Attached a section of a paper prepared for the HREC of the Dept Health, of which Lowen is a member.
 
 
 
 
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