The Northland DHB recognises the importance of research as a scientific basis for clinical practice.
As a result of research, patient care may be improved by development of new methods of treatment, theories and solutions to problems. In order to protect patients from undue risk and deprivation of personal rights and dignity, ethical approval and informed consent are required.
All research conducted at Northland DHB must have gained approval from a New Zealand Health and Disability Ethics Committee, established under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000. Research must be conducted with the knowledge of the district health board and must meet all the requirements of the ethics committee from which approval was obtained, including all stipulations regarding informed consent.
To find out more about Northland DHB research programme, contact Northland DHB's chief medical officer on (09) 470 0000.
Right 6 & 9 of the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumers' Rights 1996 (www.hdc.org.nz/the-act--code/the-code-of-rights)
National Co-ordinator of Ethics Committees
Ministry of Health
133 Molesworth St
PO Box 5013