Participatory action research in indigenous health

Aust Fam Physician. 2008 Jun;37(6):457-9.


Background: Participatory action research engenders change not just through research outcomes but through the research process itself. Collaboration between researchers and those being researched is intrinsic to the model.

Objective: This article discusses the 'Sadness and Heart Disease' research project undertaken by an Aboriginal community controlled health service in Darwin (Northern Territory) in 2005 and 2006 using a participatory action framework.

Discussion: A systematic approach, flexibility and a willingness to engage are necessary for researchers to successfully undertake a project using the participatory action framework. The benefits of participatory action research extend to both the community and the researchers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Depression / complications
  • Depression / diagnosis*
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Health Services, Indigenous* / organization & administration
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Myocardial Ischemia / epidemiology
  • Myocardial Ischemia / etiology*
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander*
  • Prevalence
  • Research*
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires