Our Research Ethics Committee works to make sure we do our research ethically and in line with legislation and New Zealand best practice. The Committee needs to approve every research application that involves or affects our customers (clients, service providers or levy payers), or uses claims data that could identify them.
Members of the Committee are from outside and inside ACC:
John Kleinsman, Head of Research and Director, The Nathaniel Centre
Hilary Stace, Research Fellow, Health Services Research Centre, School of Government, Victoria University.
ACC Privacy Officer
Representative from the Clinical Services Directorate
Manager Information Strategy & Planning
National Manager, Cultural Services.
Apply to involve our customers or use our data in your research
You’ll need to apply and follow a few steps if you want to involve our customers or use our data in your research.
Contact our research and evaluation team
Talk to them about what data and information you need for your research.
If we accept your application, 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.
Find out if you need approval from the Research Ethics Committee If the information or data you want can identify our customers, you’ll need to apply for approval from the Research Ethics Committee. Our research and evaluation team can help you work out if you need to apply.
If you don’t need approval from the Ethics Committee, we'll talk about a timeframe for when you’ll get your information:
Apply for approval from our Research Ethics Committee If you need approval from our Research Ethics Committee, you’ll need to apply for approval before you start your research. Complete an application form. This should:
- tell us about the context of your research and what you'll use our information for - follow the guidance written on the form - state all possible ethical issues along with how you’ll address them - have all study materials attached. This includes consent forms, letters, questionnaires and information sheets, as well as relevant materials from applications to other ethics committees - be less than six pages, excluding study material.
If you want to know more about the information you need to provide, follow the guiding principles to help you improve your application.
Submit your application form to the Ethics Committee Your application will go in front of the Committee, which meets once a month. To consider your application the Committee needs to receive it at least two weeks before a meeting.
Upcoming meeting dates in 2017
- 12 July: apply by 28 June - 9 August: apply by 26 July - 13 September: apply by 30 August - 11 October: apply by 27 September - 8 November: apply by 25 October - 13 December: apply by 29 November
Email your completed application or any questions to the committee secretary.
Attend the Ethics Committee meeting You can either attend the meeting or give us a phone number to call you. The Committee can then ask you questions about your application as they review it. It's not required, but makes the application process smoother.
The Ethics Committee will make a decision If your application is simple and straightforward, you may hear from us within a day of the meeting.
If your application is more complex, the Committee may need you to take extra measures such as providing more information. We’ll contact you to tell you what you need to do.
Once you meet the Committee requirements you can resubmit your application.
Sort out a timeframe Work with our research team to sort out when and how you’ll receive your information.
Sign a confidentiality agreement You’ll have to sign a confidentially agreement to protect our customers’ privacy before we’ll provide you with the data.
Before you publish your report We may ask to look over your report and how you’ve interpreted any analysis of our data, before you publish it.
Submit a copy of your research report to our research and evaluation team once you complete your project.
If you have a question or want to use our clients or data for research: