International Indigenous disability research collaboration

NDRI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Program Leader Dr Jocelyn Jones joined Indigenous scholars from Australia, the US, Canada and Sweden recently for the inaugural International Indigenous Disability Research Symposium.

Dr Jones' presentation focused on Aboriginal children and their experiences of family and domestic violence. A Nyoongar woman, with Wadjuk, Ballardong and Palyku connections to the land in WA, Dr Jones has extensive experience working in health and justice.

Earlier in 2023, the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability released a report highlighting the impact of family violence on First Nations women and children with disability. Dr Jones was lead author on the research report.

Held at the University of Sydney, the goal of the Indigenous disability symposium was to develop a global collaborative research community in Indigenous disability research guided by the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

How scholars can empower and respect Indigenous people in disability research was a key focus, with presentation topics including First Nations disability and inclusion in Australia, disability research with Indigenous peoples of Canada, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with brain injury.

Click here for more information on Dr Jones' research, or here to find out more about the inaugural symposium

Posted on: 27 Nov 2023

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