Source: Beehive, 23 June 2017
Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman and Minister of Science and
Innovation Paul Goldsmith today launched New Zealand's first Health
Research Strategy which aims to increase the excellence and impact
of government investment in health research.
"Investment in health research is crucial to delivering better
health outcomes for New Zealanders," says Dr Coleman.
"The Health Research Strategy sets a vision of creating a
world-leading health research and innovation system by 2027. The
strategy brings together science, health, research and innovation
to form a more cohesive system.
"This strategy also reinforces the role the health sector has to
play in health research. Research underpins delivery and provides
opportunities for new cost-effective technologies and improved
models of care.
"Research is one of the three key pillars in any high-performing
health system, along with training and delivery. That's why the
strategy includes a commitment to sustaining and growing a strong
health research workforce. It also addresses specific areas that
are unique to New Zealand, such as Maori and Pacific health."
"New Zealand produces some excellent health research which helps
put our science on the map. It is important that our contributions
have value internationally," says Minister Goldsmith.
"Quality health research also underpins our high-value medical
technology industries. Our health research system will achieve the
best results when researchers, government agencies, and the
commercial sector work together.
"The Health Research Council will run an inclusive priority
setting process to ensure this investment will have the greatest
impact. A key focus of the strategy is to ensure effective
translation of research findings into policy and practice.
"In 2016, a total of $378 million was spent on health research
and development (R&D) in New Zealand, accounting for 12 per
cent of the country's total R&D expenditure. R&D spending
is a key driver of economic growth and an investment in New
Budget 2016 saw New Zealand's largest increase health research
funding. This sees funding increase by 56 per cent over four years,
going from $77 million in 2015/16 to $120 million in 2019/20.
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The Strategy sets four principles to achieve the vision:
excellence, transparency, partnership with Māori and collaboration
for impact. It establishes four strategic priorities:
- Invest in excellent health research that address the health
needs of New Zealanders
- Create a vibrant research environment in the health sector
- Build and strengthen pathways for translation into policy and
- Advance innovative ideas and commercial opportunities
The strategy was developed following an extensive consultation
process in 2016 during which more than 500 people attended regional
consultation meetings and targeted focus groups.166 written
submissions were received by officials.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the
Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council will lead the
implementation of the strategy and report on progress to Ministers
regularly. An advisory group comprising of experts across the
system will advise on implementation.