Inaugural Indigenous MJA issue for NAIDOC week

The MJA and the Lowitja Institute partner to address the exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from decision making in medical publishing.

The AMA’s journal — the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) — published a special edition this week in partnership with the Lowitja Institute aimed at centring Indigenous knowledges in healthcare.

In recognition of National NAIDOC Week — which begins next week — the MJA has worked with a team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics in a unique partnership to create the special issue.

The MJA’s Editor-in-Chief Virginia Barbour said the issue, which ceded editorial control to Indigenous guest editors, was a specific response to the outcome of the Voice referendum in 2023.

“Meaningful change will only come when those in power are prepared to step aside and let Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples lead their own affairs whilst supporting where required,” Professor Barbour said.

Read the special issue

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