Reframing spaces by building relationships: Community collaborative participatory action research with Aboriginal mothers in prison

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Contemporary Nurse, 2013, 46 (1), pp. 84 - 95
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Aboriginal women are vastly over-represented in the Australian prison system. Their recidivism rates are high. Aboriginal women in contact with the criminal justice system also have higher rates of mental health disorders and are likely to have been a victim of violence. The majority of these women are mothers. Their increasing incarceration therefore has serious implications for the health and social and emotional wellbeing of their Aboriginal children, families and communities. Illustrating and exploring this situation requires an Indigenous informed conceptual framework utilising a decolonising research methodology inclusive of enduring community and stakeholder dialogue and consultation. Respectful and ethical praxis are central to this approach. We will describe how this methodology has been applied within a current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research project in New South Wales, Australia. The NHMRC guidelines for research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have supported our process and will be highlighted in illustrating our research experience
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