Best practice research

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander best practice research


There are a number of guidelines that describe how ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can be conducted.

The Mayi Kuwayu Study strives to achieve best practice ethical processes in our research design, process and reporting.


Keeping Research on Track

Keeping Research on Track is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who are considering being involved with or who are conducting health research. It helps people make decisions about health research and become familiar with the stages in the research journey. This is a companion document to Values and Ethics: Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.


Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies

The Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies have been prepared by AIATSIS. These guidelines have been created to help ensure reciprocity and respectful engagement between those who are doing the research and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

UNDRIP was adopted by the United Nations on 13 September 2007. It is a non-binding document but a highly important one.

The UNDRIP acknowledges the ‘urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples.’ These include the rights to culture, health, identity, education, employment, language and land.