Ethics of Indigenous Health Research

An examination of codes of ethics governing indigenous health research in Australia and New Zealand

The subject of ethics in research is a broad and complex topic and the codes that govern research are equally broad and complex.  Codes of conduct and ethics can address various aspects of research depending on the body that develops the code.  There are international and national codes of ethics for research, institutional codes, and codes for specific disciplines.  Additionally, there are codes of ethics that govern specific types of research, for example, research that involves testing on human subjects.  For every research study that I participated in, I was protected by a code of ethics governing research done on human subjects, even if I wasn’t conscious of it.

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