Setting NZ’s health research priorities: consultation now open

Consultation is now underway into New Zealand's first set of health research priorities. This is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to have their say on the direction and focus of health research for the next 10 years.

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are inviting feedback on the Strategic Investment Areas (SIAs) - also known as the overarching 'framework' that the new research priorities will fit into. These draft SIAs have been developed by the independent Development Group that is overseeing the priority-setting process.

A statement from the Development Group, explaining their thinking, is included in the consultation document that provides the information needed to frame your responses. It also provides a list of the consultation questions.

Feedback is being sought through an online survey, which is open for six weeks from 4 September 2018 until 12 October 2018. Views are invited on the overall framework and the health research priorities that might sit within it.

This consultation will lead to final SIAs being established, and the drafting of a set of priorities which will be circulated for public feedback in 2019.

Updates will be posted to the consultation page on the HRC website, and for  further details, contact Dr Patricia Anderson, chief advisor, Policy and Strategy at the HRC.

Public meetings are also being planned with people from Māori, Pacific and disabled communities in:

  • Christchurch on 1 and 2 October
  • Auckland on 4 October
  • Dunedin on 8 and 9 October
  • Wellington on 9 and 10 October

Please contact Dr Alexandra Boyle at to register your interest in attending. If the cost of travel to attend a meeting is a concern, do let us know.

HSRAANZ Response

The HSRAANZ is keen to submit a response to the consultation and all New Zealand members are encouraged to send us their thoughts to inform that respsonse,  by Wednesday 3 October 2018 to