Research and innovation

Research and innovation have a powerful impact on shaping the way a health system performs and delivers care, and the health and wellbeing outcomes that are ultimately achieved. Research and innovation are key to enhancing equity, improving outcomes for Māori and giving effect to the obligations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. A high performing and well-integrated research function informs and drives evidence-based policy, practice and service delivery and supports the attraction, development and retention of the health workforce.

The Ministry of Health’s Evidence Research and Innovation Directorate promotes and provides high quality analytics, research, health economics, evidence and science advice to better inform strategy and decision-making and drive innovation within the New Zealand health and disability system.

The Research & Innovation team within the Directorate provides system-level leadership for health research and innovation. It works in collaboration with Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Te Aka Whai Ora – Māori Health Authority and the Health Research Council of New Zealand on shared work programmes and involves other agencies, health research organisations and communities to ensure activities are joined up, sustainable, and meet priority needs.

Key activities

Research & Innovation key activities include:

  • supporting and strengthening existing relationships and pockets of excellence in New Zealand health research and innovation
  • developing a Māori Health Research Strategy
  • refreshing the New Zealand Health Research Strategy 2017–2027
  • harnessing collective knowledge to best meet high priority needs
  • co-creating a learning health care model
  • prioritising and allocating funding to research projects that help achieve Pae Ora – healthy futures for all New Zealanders
  • monitoring and evaluating the delivery of health research.

Contact us

Please email any enquiries to [email protected]

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