In 2013, the AIDA Research Agenda was developed to set out our research principles and priorities relevant to medical education, medical workforce and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. One of the primary aims of our research agenda is to contribute in building the research capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors.

Our research agenda:

  • is oriented to improve health outcomes in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • is driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and provide benefits to people involved in, or affected by research; and
  • affirms social justice and human rights, including the right to self-determination.

The Research Agenda recognises the importance of a strong evidence base to inform research, policy and programs.

We support research that:

  • protects Indigenous knowledge and maintains the integrity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures;
  • fosters the highest ethical and scientific standards and applies best-practice guidelines;
  • builds on the success and lessons learnt from previous research, evaluations and reviews;
  • is consultative and collaborative, including listening to and acting on priorities identified by Indigenous communities; and
  • builds the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and communities.

AIDA Research Agenda

In 2014, AIDA delivered an inaugural Research Masterclass in partnership with the Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). The Masterclass was designed to increase our research capacity as an organisation, through our members.

Watch the Research Masterclass video below.