Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council of NSW

AHMRC Guidelines for Research into Aboriginal Health, 2016

In 1996 the forerunner to the AH&MRC (the NSW Aboriginal Health Resources Cooperative) established an Ethics Committee in response to the fact that for many years much health and medical research about Aboriginal people had been invasive, inappropriate, unnecessary, and undertaken without consultation with or approval by Aboriginal people and communities.

In 1999, the AH&MRC Ethics Committee produced a document, Guidelines for Research into Aboriginal Health, which brought together information from various conferences, position statements, reports and guidelines that discussed ethical conduct when researching the health of Aboriginal people. The Guidelines and a subsequent Guidelines – Key Principles document, have since provided the basis for the Committee’s consideration of, and decisions about, applications for ethical approval of individual research projects. They are applied in conjunction with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

This revision of the Guidelines – Key Principles updates the information in the previous version. The core principles regarding Aboriginal community control of research and the criteria by which the Ethics Committee assesses applications remain unchanged from the previous Guidelines document.

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