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Table 1 Indigenous and mainstream perspectives on the constructs of ‘structure’ and ‘flexibility’

From: Addressing unresolved tensions to build effective partnerships: lessons from an Aboriginal cancer support network

Construct Indigenous perspective Mainstream perspective
Structure (terms of reference, guidelines) Bureaucracy Confidentiality
Whitefella way Clinical safety
Government language Sustainability
Government control Clarification of roles
Formality Boundaries
  Clarity
  Transparency
Flexibility (absence of terms of reference or guidelines) Laid-back Confidentiality issues
Holistic Clinical safety issues
Grassroots Sustainability issues
Community-controlled Lack of transparency
Organic  
Inclusive  
Relaxed