Tangentyere Research Hub
“Researching ourselves back to life”
The aim of the Research Hub at Tangentyere Council is to:
provide and develop Aboriginal expertise in areas of research and social services development;
protect Aboriginal peoples’ rights in relation to research;
promote and conduct research that is meaningful and results in practical change and development
within the community;
give Aboriginal people ownership in research; and,
use research to inform Tangentyere Council services, government, policy makers and academic
Tangentyere’s Research Hub was designed specifically from the recognition of Aboriginal knowledge
and expertise as fundamental to the process of social research in Aboriginal communities. This is knowledge
and expertise we hold, through the involvement of local Aboriginal researchers in all research projects we
undertake. We believe that local cultural expertise is an important component of delivering quality research
The Research Hub has been and continues to be involved in research on:
Population mobility in Central Australia
Loss and grief and the role of alcohol and other drugs
A survey of the attitudes of town campers to the 2002 Alice Springs liquor restriction trial
Data collection for the 2001 and 2006 ABS Census and Aboriginal health survey
Mobile phone use among low income Aboriginal people in Central Australia
Volatile substance misuse in town camps, funded by the Commonwealth Office of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Health (OATSIH).
The ‘Ayeye’ Project. ‘Ayeye’ is the Arrernte word for stories/history, and
the project is a multi-media social history, language and educational resource project for use by
town camp communities and others.
How changes to remote employment services will affect communities.
An evaluation of the Alice Springs Youth Drop In Centre
Research into the effect of the NT Intervention.
Continued support and training for the Tangentyere Social Justice Unit on their data collection and
The Hub was formed with the assistance of three university partners who have a history of working with
Tangentyere Council. These partners, who continue to be involved in the work of the Hub, are the Centre
for Remote Health (a joint endeavour of Charles Darwin University and Flinders University), the National
Drug Research Institute (Curtin University) and the Centre for Social Research (Edith Cowan University).
In addition, we are an Affiliate Partner of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, and have
a Memorandum of Understanding with the Menzies School of Health Research.
Research reports are available for download under Publications.
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