Research Strategy Overview:

IAHA research is driven by a clear strategy that is guided by IAHA’s strategic purpose, shared values and principles.

Research Principles:

The interim key principles of research that IAHA will engage with are:

  • Culture is central: To drive excellence through rigorous research that is culture focused.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership: Led and driven by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Impact: To conduct outstanding, multi-disciplinary research in allied health education, health and wellbeing outcomes and health workforce that makes a difference in addressing the aspirations and priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities.
  • Knowledge translation and sharing: To undertake research that translates theory and research into effective policy, planning and practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Utilising strategies that inform community and stakeholders of research outcomes.

Research Capacity:

IAHA will develop and sustain an adequate research capacity. IAHA will facilitate this by listening to the community and our membership to define problems and opportunities, set priorities, conduct rigorous research and identify solutions to share with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce and community.

Cultural Knowledge:

IAHA has an allied health membership and secretariat with significant knowledges within health, culture and community regarding best practice for improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Research values and recognises this expertise.


There is strong interest from IAHA to ensure that funding provided achieves intended outcomes.  Systematic internal and external evaluations of the efficiency, effectiveness and the appropriateness of IAHA programs are critical to determining whether outcomes are being achieved. 

IAHA Moratorium:

As the national member-based Indigenous allied health peak organisation, IAHA has a diverse allied health membership and Secretariat with significant knowledges, skills and expertise within Indigenous health, allied health, culture and community regarding best practice for improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation.  Research values this expertise and IAHA is frequently asked to partner in national, state and local research proposals.  Due to rapid changes internally and numerous requests from stakeholders, there will be a moratorium on new research applications from external researchers for the remainder of this year.  The moratorium will be reviewed in February 2020.

This will not impact on current research and engagement, IAHA are currently building the internal systems that will enable research to be better managed in the future.  IAHA will engage with key research partners and workshop the planning and development of an IAHA Research Strategy for the next 3 years based on the IAHA shared values of Transform, Lead, Grow and Support.  The IAHA Research and Policy Team will provide an update on the moratorium in February 2020.


IAHA values allied health as multidisciplinary that depends on working together with partners for successful collaboration and will continue to build strong partnerships to influence research and to maximise value.

IAHA is frequently approached by external partners and stakeholders to engage in health research.  IAHA has a commitment to ensure that any research that IAHA engages with is spiritually, socially, culturally, emotionally and physically safe for people and there is a serious intent by IAHA to get this right.

An IAHA process for external partners and stakeholders seeking IAHA input or support for their research projects is currently underway.  This process will be available and in place by February 2020.

IAHA advocates and supports many wide-ranging topics, however, are focused on supporting the following health research categories:

Research Categories:

  • Culturally responsive and safe health systems
  • Social and Cultural Determinants
  • Interprofessional education and practice
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Development
  • Health and Mental Health Systems
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Students – retention, engagement and supports
  • International Indigenous Health
  • Allied Health Workforce and Indigenous Health Policy
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Justice
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Knowledge Translation

Acknowledgement and Citation:

IAHA is strongly vested in decolonising health research.  Many of the IAHA publications that are accessible on the IAHA website incorporate many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices, perspectives and knowledges.

Usually when publications are cited, it is to give credit to the original source, establishes credibility that research has been carried out and allows the reader to find the original source of information.  IAHA will assist with the citation of IAHA material by providing citation advice to all new publications from 2020.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and narratives are at the heart of culture, identity and strength.   To share someone’s story without due acknowledgement is breaking cultural protocol.  With deep respect to the people who have contributed to any IAHA written, video and auditory material, IAHA mandates, that any material from IAHA including websites, social media, conferences is acknowledged, referenced and credited appropriately.