Translating the research into policy-relevant outcomes is a cornerstone of the Centre’s focus. This will ensure that the Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity ultimately improves the lives of Australia’s most disadvantaged peoples.
We aim to ensure that the policy learnings are developed in consultation with the policy community and then communicated widely.
To do this we will engage with policy-makers and members of the communities we meet, as partners in all aspects of the research process (i.e. a participatory approach).
For example, a diversity of policy-makers, experts and health advocates are fully integrated into our four work packages through our Critical Policy Reference Group. Our engagement mechanisms are at difference scales (local, state/territory, national and international) and reflect our four thematic areas.
Community participation is consistent with Dadirri, an Indigenous way of life and research methodology. This recognises that research can only succeed when it involves reciprocal relationships (between researchers and participants) and when localised and grounded in the specific meanings and customs of local communities.
We conceptualise the policy community as consisting of multiple individuals and organisations including current and future politicians, federal, state and local government public servants, front line bureaucrats and NGOs, Aboriginal controlled services, civil society groups, researchers, private sector, media and investigators from different disciplines and countries.