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Review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics guidelines submission

This submission reflects the views of
Organisation Name: 
University of Western Australia
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Specific Questions
Question 1: 
We consider that the broader scope of the revised guidelines is adequately reflected in both guidelines. The revised guidelines are appropriate for research across all disciplines and will lead to better research outcomes for researchers and Indigenous communities.
Question 2: 
There is enough information about intellectual property included in both of the revised drafts, supported by additional resources links.
Question 3: 
A range of case studies, including one on intellectual property, should be included as supplementary material for the revised drafts. This is particularly important for early career researchers and researchers new to research with Indigenous communities.
General comments

The University of Western Australia (UWA) and its School of Indigenous Studies welcome the broader scope of the revised guidelines and believe they will help to address the concerns that Indigenous communities raise with the School of Indigenous Studies about research that is conducted with or in their communities. While often having good personal relationships with individual researchers, communities continue to seek better, more equitable research relationships and greater recognition of their expert knowledge and contribution within research projects and the resulting dissemination of research outcomes through conference presentations and publications.

Both sets of guidelines are excellent - they are comprehensive, informative and accessible.

We recommend that universities should require all researchers doing research on, with or about Indigenous peoples and communities to have read, be familiar with, and incorporate relevant elements from the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 AND Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders, as well as Keeping Research on Track II. Universities also need to ensure that researchers remain committed to these guidelines throughout the project and need to develop mechanisms to check this.

Page reviewed: 2 August, 2018