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Peer researchers' journeys


This is a retrospective study of the recruitment and training experiences of Indigenous peer researchers involved in a baseline survey of 600 households in Townsville and Moreton Bay, as part of the First 1000 Days Australia initiative. The design of this process includes a number of innovative features, and the recruitment and retention of peer researchers was much higher than expected by the project team.

The aim of this study is to examine possible reasons for the much higher than expected recruitment and retention of peer researchers with a view to informing future peer research involving Aboriginal and Torres Islander people, and peer research more broadly. The research will draw on existing material collected from peer researchers, peer researcher trainers, local managers and other people engaged in the household survey. This material includes emails between the trainers and project management team, audio recordings of teleconferences, diary notes from workshops and reflective video clips recorded on mobile phones.

Dr Richard Williams