The AIDA Research Agenda was developed in 2013 to set out our research principles and priorities relevant to medical education, medical workforce and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It aims to increase the research capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors.
The agenda is driven by Indigenous communities and provides benefits to people involved in, or affected by research. It affirms social justice and human rights, including the right to self-determination. Essentially, the agenda is oriented to improve outcomes in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
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
- builds the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and communities.