Find out about our evidence based healthcare research, how you can access it, and how you can involve our clients or use our data in your research.
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Evidence based healthcare
We do research to help us decide how we cover injuries and fund treatments. We call this evidence based healthcare (EBH).
We find and assess current international research about what causes injuries and how effective treatments are. From there we make recommendations to guide our purchasing and cover decisions.
Our research methods
We base our EBH methods on those of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.
Research on treatments we fund
We have two types of documents that cover our research into medical treatments.
Evidence based reviews
This research collects evidence and assesses the effectiveness and safety of a medical treatment.
Purchasing guidance summarises an evidence based review and recommends if we should pay towards that medical treatment.
Research on injuries we cover
We have two types of documents that cover our research into injuries.
Causation and risk factor reports
These reports look at the risks and causes of different types of injuries. They help us decide which injuries to cover.
Reports on injury prevention and other aspects of injury
This research assesses strategies to prevent injuries and how well they work. It sometimes looks at other aspects of injury, eg living with the effects of an injury.
Find our research
You can find our evidence based healthcare research from the last five years in our resource hub:
If you want more information about our reports or access to our older ones, email our research team:
The Ethics Panel safeguards the rights, interests and safety of our customers. It supports and enables high-quality ethical projects for social, cultural and economic wellbeing. The Panel also works to reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
About the Ethics Panel
The Ethics Panel is an advisory group set up to protect the rights and interests of ACC customers when they are asked to be involved in projects, or their data or personal information is used in projects to make decisions on services or entitlements.
Customers include injured people, treatment and rehabilitation providers, business customers/levy payers and the general public of New Zealand.
The Panel reviews:
- cultural considerations – including ensuring that the project reflects the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
- disability considerations – ensuring that disabled people are included and can meaningfully contribute to the project
- methodology and design of the project, e.g. ensuring bias is not introduced, and that participants can provide informed consent
- processes to ensure data and personal information are kept safe
- processes to manage health and safety of the people involved in the project, eg processes to address issues disclosed by participants, manage any distress that participants might experience and manage the safety of staff involved in the project.
Projects need ethical advice from the Panel if they involve:
- advanced analytics or artificial intelligence for decision making affecting customer entitlements or services, and/or
- direct contact with our customers, e.g. through co-design or human centred design, and/or
- surveying or interviewing our customers, eg through research or evaluation, and/or
- requesting or using identifiable ACC data.
We follow the National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement. You'll find information on the standards on the National Ethics Advisory Committee website.
Representative from the Clinical Services Directorate
Representatives from Strategy, Policy & Research
Representative from Māori & Cultural Capability Services
Representative from Analytics & Reporting
Representative from Customer Insights
Representative from Information Technology & Architecture
Terms of reference
The terms of reference define the purpose, governance, roles and responsibilities of ACC’s Ethics Panel.
2023 meeting dates
|Meeting date||Apply by|
|8 February||30 January|
|8 March||27 February|
|12 April||3 April|
|10 May||1 May|
|14 June||5 June|
|12 July||3 July|
|9 August||31 July|
|13 September||4 September|
|11 October||2 October|
|8 November||30 October|
|13 December||4 December|
Engaging with the ACC Ethics Panel
Your project will be reviewed by the secretariat. If your project is considered higher risk, then the Ethics Panel may require you to attend a Panel meeting to discuss your project. If your project is considered lower risk, then it may be reviewed by internal Panel members, with feedback given to you via email.
Fill out an application form and email it us.
If you’re unsure whether you need the ACC Ethics Panel to review your project, or if you have any questions about the application form then email us.
Costs of supplying data and recruiting clients
If we accept your data request, we may charge you for the cost of supplying data or recruiting clients for your research. These costs include printing and postage of letters and information to customers, as well as any other costs incurred through the research.
If you have a question or want to use our clients or data for research:
Research and Evaluation team
If you only need data that doesn't identify our customers for your research:
Team Manager Response
To submit an application to the Ethics Panel:
ACC Ethics Panel Secretary