The NHMRC Road Map II: a Strategic Framework for Improving the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through Research (Road Map II) has been developed to respond to issues raised in the review of the NHMRC Road Map: A Strategic Framework for Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Through Research (the Road Map).
Road Map II will be used by the NHMRC’s Research Committee to identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research topics requiring priority funding. Road Map II can be used by researchers to develop research proposals to apply for NHMRC funding under NHMRC Targeted Calls for Research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, or in any biomedical, clinical, public or health services research field which includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population level health research.
- Under the Road Map II research framework, effective research is research that breaks through the barriers to positive social participation caused by poverty and psychosocial stress.
- To address health disparities, Road Map II research will be required to have an action-orientated purpose and/or be linked to the community-capacity building goals of existing primary health care service delivery agencies.
- Research proposals need to support the employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and community consultation needs to occur earlier in the research process.
- the existing commitments of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, whether they are to be involved in an active or advisory capacity need to be identified so that the ability of people to participate in research is clear.
The objective of Road Map II is to close the gap between the life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the overall Australian population.