Aboriginal Voice Integration & Diffusion

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To See...

"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)

To Read...

"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)

To Hear...

"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)

To Feel...

"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)


Aboriginal Cultural Safety and Security Framework

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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.

As a committee member, how does our voice travel from one committee to the next?

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:

“how does the integration of Aboriginal voices in governance processes of public health collaboratives influence equity of access in service delivery?”

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.

Our Partners

The AVID study is supported by the following organisations.

Our Methodology

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.

Connect With Us

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.


AVID News Feed

Aboriginal services in the Hunter

As a new social media initiative, we have recently begun a segment called “Twitterthon Tuesday” wherein we pick a topic relevant to our study and tweet about it for an hour each week! We have been doing this for around five weeks now and have found it to be relatively successful. To take advantage of […]

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Acknowledgement of Country

The AVID study is focussed on the Hunter New England Local Health District, within which Aboriginal people were the original inhabitants. As such, the study refers to Aboriginal people however this may include Torres Strait Islander peoples as well. Aboriginal is the term used by the NSW Government and its ministries. The term Indigenous is used by the Commonwealth of Australia to refer to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the many First Nations across Australia. 
The First Nations within the Hunter New England Local Health District are listed below in alphabetical order. There are several variations with spelling. We acknowledge the traditional owners and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. The First Nations throughout the Hunter New England area are: Anaiwan, Awabakal, Biripi, Bundjalung, Dakinung, Danguddi, Geawegal, Jukumbal, Kamilaroi, Kwiambal, Ngarabal, Warrayaraay, Wiradjuri, Wonnarua and Worimi.