Aboriginal Voice Integration & Diffusion
"They serve as a window in to how perceptions and voice are socially-culturally-politically configured – both in their production and deployment." (Christine Edwards-Groves and Collen Murray)
"by putting community voices first, and by organising, describing and presenting the data in a way that is meaningful for community members, the evaluator highlights contextual complexity, diverse views and competing interests" (John Scougal, p.58)
"having a process where the Aboriginal voice could be heard and responded to in service design and in brokerage with other organisations" (Talking up Strong-Voices of Our Mob, p.31)
"Reconciliation can only come through understanding gained from hearing Indigenous voices. The time has come to listen, with open hearts and minds." (Aboriginal Elders' Voices - Stories of the 'tide of history', p.9)
The AVID Study – Aboriginal Voice Integration and Diffusion in Public Health Collaboratives – is an analysis of the policy principle of ‘integration’. It takes place in the Hunter New England district in the Australian state of New South Wales.
How can we see our voice, where has it gone, is anyone listening and are we being heard?
These questions relate to the integration principle that states ‘there should be collaboration between and within Governments at all levels, their agencies and funded service providers to effectively coordinate services and programs’ (National Indigenous Reform Agreement, 2008, p.A-21)
So what does integration mean for Aboriginal voice? Put as a research question we ask:
The Australian Research Council awarded Mark Lock and Peter O’Mara $736,000 to investigate that question. We will look to formal committee processes to conduct our research on, as this is where stakeholders work to integrate and collaborate.
A rigorous methodology underlies the AVID study. The data is analysed to produce information which is disseminated without social opinion or political commentary. The aim of this website is to provide information and analysis as it happens.
The AVID study is supported by the following organisations.
The AVID-PHC study is a comprehensive research project with many avenues and methodologies used to collect the necessary information.
The outcome of the research will result in an interactive data visualisation that will allow stakeholders to understand how Aboriginal voices are integrated within public health governance structures. Through the data visualisation, stakeholders will also be able to see the reach and spread of those voices. Understanding the formal connections and inter-connections
between individuals and committees is key to all data collection and analysis for the study. To gain this understanding, the multi-faceted research project has been broken up into five stages of information collection: integration concepts, governance contexts, interlocked committees, collaboration and structuration.
We have structured the study to be on-line all the time because of our commitment to transparency, accountability, and information sharing. The development of a community of practice means that you can become a partner or sponsor of the study; undertake a research higher degree using the AVID data; contribute to the discussion forum; contact the team members to discuss aspects of the AVID study; and inter-connect with the AVID study’s social media pages.
The release of the 2014 Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage (OID) Report has seen a great number of people have something to say about it, either noting improvements in areas of Aboriginal disadvantage or noting how far, as a country, we still have to go. We at the AVID Study are looking at the report differently (because […]