A microanalysis of a participatory action research process with a rural Aboriginal men's health group Academic Article uri icon


  • Our recent paper (Tsey, Patterson, Whiteside, Baird, & Baird, 2002) analysed the early stages of a participatory action research process (PAR) designed to support members of a rural Aboriginal men?s group to take greater control and responsibility for the factors influencing their health and wellbeing. This follow-up paper focusses on key challenges and opportunities associated with the PAR process. Among other things, the paper highlights: a need for training providers and policy-makers to give more attention to the issue of community development skills and how to promote the uptake of such skills more widely in Indigenous settings; the importance of taking a ?solution-focussed approach? in line with the principles of PAR when doing community development work; a need for relevant training and creation of real employment opportunities to be central to strategies designed to support rural Aboriginal men to take their rightful place; a need for the men?s group to promote the broad spectrum of its activities more widely so as to minimise an image problem that the men?s group is only for men having problems; and, above all, an urgent need for the men?s group organisers to play leadership roles through, for example, dialogue with local gay men so as to jointly come up with ideas to make the men?s group more accessible for all men, including gay men.


  • Tsey, Komla
  • Patterson, David
  • Whiteside, Mary
  • Baird, Leslie
  • Baird, Bradley
  • Tsey, Kwame

publication date

  • 2004