Engaging our Mob: Indigenous Australians in research workshop

Tuesday 16 October 2012

The training workshop, Engaging Our Mob, was developed and run by People Dynamics and sponsored by the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment to assist staff and students in building culturally safe environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians engaged in research.

Project Officer for IHIG, Christopher Roper, said the workshop aimed to enhance the participants’ understanding of the ethics and contexts of communicating and collaborating with Indigenous Australians.

"The workshop allowed staff and students to learn real-life skills and strategies for working successfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities in a research context," he said.

"The objective was not only to transfer the experiences, skills and strategies of experts in the field, but also to create an open and accepting environment in which participants felt comfortable asking questions."

The twenty-five participants who attended the day-long workshop, which is now in its second year, discussed a number of different techniques and values, says Roper.

"These ranged from the most basic – such as simply being yourself – to the more complex, including learning about Indigenous cultural history and historical events such as the Stolen Generation before you engage in research within Indigenous communities," he said.

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