Research Strategy Overview:
IAHA research is driven by a clear strategy that is guided by IAHA’s strategic purpose, shared values and 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.
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.
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.