Collaborating for community-engaged scholarship in health and wellbeing

A co-autoethnographic study of Indigenous self-determined researcher development

  • Roxanne Bainbridge
    Central Queensland University
  • Bronwyn Fredericks
    Central Queensland University
  • Kathleen Clapham
    University of Wollongong
  • Clair Anderson
    University of Tasmania
  • Rowena Ball
    Australian National University
  • Marlene Longbottom
    University of Newcastle
  • Dawn Bessarab
    University of Western Australia
  • Len Collard
    University of Western Australia
  • Michael Adams
    Edith Cowan University
  • Yvette Roe
    Institute for Urban Indigenous Health
  • Ngare Wilkinson
    Central Queensland University
  • Carolyn Daniels
    Central Queensland University


In this article, we provide an emic perspective of being uniquely positioned as part of Australia’s only multidisciplinary Indigenous research network, the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN). We used collaborative autoethnography and reflection in our practices and experiences. Our purpose was to better understand and improve the functionality of our research network and practice, and to offer some direction for the growth and sustainability of NIRAKN and similar networks. Our narratives strongly demonstrate that mainstream models of support for Indigenous researchers have major limitations for professional development and cultural safety, and do not meet our needs and realities. The significant message is that we need appropriately resourced exclusive spaces and must lead, develop and define the theoretical and cultural specifications and applications of Indigenous researcher support models in higher education institutions. The model should be cross-disciplinary, have national and international reach and be characterised by connectedness, cultural safety and self-determination, and be located in a resource-rich environment.

Published: 2016-06-01
Pages:1 to 19
Section: Articles
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How to Cite
Bainbridge, R., Fredericks, B., Clapham, K., Anderson, C., Ball, R., Longbottom, M., Bessarab, D., Collard, L., Adams, M., Roe, Y., Wilkinson, N., & Daniels, C. (2016). Collaborating for community-engaged scholarship in health and wellbeing: A co-autoethnographic study of Indigenous self-determined researcher development. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 9(2), 1-19.