Locality review assesses a site's suitability for safe and effective conduct of a research study. The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) guidelines require all health research, audit and related activity to be registered and approved by the host institution (locality).
The purpose of the Māori locality assessment is to increase Māori participation in research with the end goal of improving health outcomes for Māori and other populations (Office of Auditor General, 2012). In preparation for a Māori locality assessment, it is recommended that investigators be familiar with the following documents and policies:
• Te Ara Tika. Guidelines for Māori research ethics (2010)
• Best health outcomes for Māori (2008)
• Information for inclusion in Participant Information Sheet and Consent Forms
• He Tangata Kei Tua Biobanking Guidelines (2016)
• Te Mata Ira Genome Research Guidelines (2016)
Once investigators are familiar with the aforementioned documents and have registered with the Research & Knowledge Centre, a Māori locality assessment can begin. To complete a Māori locality assessment, investigators need to provide the Māori Research Advisor with the following documentation:
• a completed Māori Review Form
• the ethics application
• participant information sheet (WDHB version)
• consent form (WDHB version)
• the study protocol
send documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Researchers must be familiar with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1993 and the Health Information Privacy Code 1994.
• For all HDEC reviewed research, email@example.com must be added to the email notifications in HDEC Online Forms.
• Significant amendments to the protocol or timeline for an approved study must be notified to the Research & Knowledge Centre.
• A copy of any research outputs (publications, presentations, posters etc) should be forwarded to the Research & Knowledge Centre.
Waitemata DHB welcomes collaboration with external researchers. Many grant applications are now submitted online, and require processing by the 'Research Office' prior to submission to the funder. Notify the Research & Knowledge Centre as early as possible of your intention to apply for a grant. This is particularly important for HRC grants.
Any MoUs that are written as part of a grant contract need to be reviewed by the DHB Legal Advisors.
Direct all grant enquiries to Dr Victoria Andersen +64 9 486 8920 extn 43611