Determining New Zealand’s health research priorities

Researchers, health professionals, and the wider public are invited to comment on the draft prioritisation model that will drive health research investment in New Zealand up until 2027.

Consultation has just opened and will run for three weeks, from 12 March until 1 April 2019.

Feedback from this round of consultation will lead to the final prioritisation model and health research priority actions being established in mid-2019.

This consultation is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). The three agencies have been working with an independent Development Group to establish a model that will create enduring change for the life of the New Zealand Health Research Strategy (2017-2027) and beyond.

An initial round of consultation, held in September and October last year, captured a wealth of information from a wide range of stakeholders. In addition to health researchers, feedback came from NGOs, consumers, government agencies, clinicians and allied health professionals; insights also came from consultation workshops with Māori, Pacific and disability communities. That feedback formed the basis of the revised prioritisation model developed by the independent Development Group.

The document features 5 domains that "capture the vision for the New Zealand health research ecosystem. All research should help strengthen these Domains and contribute to the goals, health and infrastructure needs of the desired ecosystem."

Health Services research is a crucial component of Domain 2 The document states that "creating the evidence urgently needed to ensure optimal use of constrained resources. Research on health systems and models of care and access to health practitioners are essential for an efficient and safe health system." "Capacity to undertake health services research in New Zealand needs to be grown, and there are key areas in which capacity is low, such as health economics."

The draft model and consultation document, along with the background to the prioritisation process, is all available here on the Health Research Council website. All New Zealanders who wish to have a say can do so through this online survey or via email before 5pm, 1 April 2019.