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Targeted Call for Research - public call for research priorities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

This submission reflects the views of
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Australian Association of Gerontology
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Specific Questions
1. What is the research priority (a significant research knowledge gap or unmet need) you are nominating? How would a TCR in this area greatly advance our understanding of this issue? (200 word maximum): 
AAG endorses the submission to this consultation by Melbourne Health (supported by eight leading researchers). AAG reiterates some of the key points made by Melbourne Health and raises some additional issues for consideration: (1) We acknowledge that the NHMRC is focused primarily on medical research. However, multiple interconnected historical, social, economic and political factors influence the ageing experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and contribute to their poorer health and gap in life expectancy. To address this level of complexity, a multidisciplinary approach to research is required. This will involve collaboration across relevant areas (such as medical, psychosocial, allied health, technology, design, economics and policy).
2. What are the relevant Australian Government Priorities, and/or Ministerially-agreed State and Territory health research priorities linked to your nominated priority? (200 word maximum): 
(2) Meaningful participation by older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be embedded in all research about them. We note that the Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research (2003) are currently under review. Any research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research must comply with the revised guidelines (when completed).
5. Are there any reports or findings that support your nomination for the suggested topic? (200 word maximum): 
(3) In November 2015 ATSIAAG held its fourth National Workshop, and discussed the effects of ageing in place. There is evidence to show that the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people is greatly influenced by being connected to land, to culture, to spirituality, ancestry, family and community. Research about culturally appropriate health services that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to age in place should be a priority. Further information will be available in the ATSIAGG report that will be launched at the AAG National Conference on 2-4 November 2016. (4) Just ‘doing the research’ is not enough. Funding is also required to support knowledge transfer, and the translation of research into policy and practice. Further information is available in AAG’s recent submission to the Medical Research Future Fund (Australian Medical Research and Innovation Five Year Strategy).

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