Ethics and Values

The Gudaga Study aims to be culturally appropriate and ethically sound. The researchers are aware of the sensitivities surrounding the ethics of Aboriginal health research. They have adhered to two key documents from the NHMRC while implementing the research study.

The first document, the NHMRC Road Map,1 identifies a number of research principles considered necessary to improve the health of Aboriginal peoples.  The Gudaga Study implements these principles by being a descriptive, longitudinal cohort study within an urban fringe community.

The second document, the 2003 NHMRC Values and Ethics Guidelines2 outlines values for research that are inclusive of the Aboriginal community. The Gudaga Research Team is commited to the values of:

  • reciprocity: we advocate for the exchange of ideas and mutual obligation between researchers and the local Aboriginalcommunity;
  • respect: has been fostered by “yarning” and building trust; and
  • equality: we respect and value Aboriginal knowledge andwisdom in the community.

The Gudaga Study was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees of the NSW Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council, Sydney South West Area Health Service, and the University of NSW.



1. NHMRC. The NHMRC Road Map: A strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2002.
2. NHMRC. Values and Ethics: Guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Canberra: NHMRC, 2003.