Road Map 3 is NHMRC’s strategic framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health through research. Action plans will be published each triennium, based on the strategies outlined in Road Map 3, which will set out specific commitments by NHMRC relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and researchers. This is the Action Plan for the 2018-2021 triennium. The Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) will help direct, provide advice and assist with actioning the commitments below.
Actions address all three focus areas of Road Map 3:
- Strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and medical research workforce
- Engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- Support research in high priority areas
Annual report cards will be published to monitor performance and impacts of the Action Plan
and Road Map 3.
Actions for the 2018-2021 Triennium to implement Road Map 3
NHMRC will continue to:
|1||Spend 5% or more of the Medical Research Endowment Account on Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health and medical research.
|2||Maintain an advisory group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (the Principal
Committee Indigenous Caucus), reporting to the CEO.
|3||Maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation on Council of NHMRC and
|4||Actively participate in the Tripartite Agreement to improve Indigenous peoples’ health, with the
Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Health Research Council of New Zealand.
|5||Profile the diverse pathways into research taken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
researchers and outcomes of research to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
|6||Maintain and actively address an organisational Reconciliation Action Plan.|
Over the 2018 - 2021 Triennium, NHMRC will:
|7||Conduct up to two calls for research annually into priority areas of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander health:
a) The Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus will guide the process for determining the
priority areas for these research calls
b) Where these calls are Targeted Calls for Research, the application time will be increased to ensure
sufficient time for community consultation.
|8||Actively monitor the implementation of NHMRC’s New Grant Program to identify beneficial outcomes
and any unintended detrimental effects on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research and
researchers, and take appropriate action if needed.
|9||Take follow-up action on the workshop with stakeholders on strengthening capacity amongst
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers.
|10||Fund the establishment of a national network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers
through the Centres of Research Excellence scheme, to further strengthen capacity and capability through
developing cohorts of postgraduate and early career Indigenous health researchers.
|11||Implement peer review that will better assess the impact and leadership aspects of track records
for researchers working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and review the effects
of these changes.
|12||Align the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007 with the revised
NHMRC ethical guidelines for research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
|13||Review the NHMRC Indigenous Research Excellence Criteria and their use, with the advice
of the Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus.
|14||Consider ways to reinforce the need for health research to meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
community needs, including community-initiated research.
|15||Introduce a new target, for the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers
who are lead Chief Investigators on NHMRC grants, that is based on the capacity of the sector and can
increase as capacity grows.
|16||Examine strategies to foster the development and uptake of innovative technologies and practices
to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
|17||Hold at least one workshop, consultation or event relating to a priority area of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander health and/or researchers.
To monitor and evaluate progress, NHMRC will:
|18||Publish a new Action Plan each triennium over the life of Road Map 3, identifying specific actions
relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and researchers.
|19||Publish an annual report of achievements against the Action Plan, including reporting against
key performance indicators such as:
|20||Evaluate Road Map 3 and the impact of the Action Plans at the end of Road Map 3’s life.|