Our research

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.

    Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
    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

    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:

    View our research in the resource hub

    If you want more information about our reports or access to our older ones, email our research team:

    Email research@acc.co.nz

    Ethics Panel

    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

    Our Ethics Panel provides us with a robust framework to carefully consider the needs of our customers and ensure that all projects are ethically sound.

    The Panel does this by:

    • safeguarding the rights, interests and safety of our customers
    • supporting and enabling high-quality ethical projects for social, cultural and economic wellbeing
    • reflecting the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

    The types of projects and initiatives the Panel covers include research and evaluation, customer experience projects, analytics projects and implementing new technologies as part of our transformation programme.

    External members

    Prof Tim Dare (Chair) Professor of Philosophy at University of Auckland; current member of MSD’s Research Ethics Committee
    Rae Lamb Former Aged Care & Aged Care Complaints Commissioner (Australia), and Deputy Health & Disability Commissioner (NZ)
    Ernestynne Walsh Senior data scientist at Nicholson Consulting
    Richman Wee Project Manager, NZ Law Foundation’s Information Law & Policy Project

    ACC members

    • Privacy Officer

    • Representative from the Clinical Services Directorate

    • Representative 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 (TOR)

    The Terms of Reference define the purpose, governance, roles and responsibilities of ACC’s Ethics Panel.

    ACC Ethics Panel Terms of Reference


    2019 meeting dates

    Meeting date

    Apply by

    13 February

    30 January

    13 March

    27 February

    10 April

    27 March

    8 May

    24 April

    12 June

    29 May

    10 July

    26 June

    14 August

    31 July

    11 September

    28 August

    9 October

    25 September

    13 November

    30 October

    11 December

    27 November


    Engaging with the ACC Ethics Panel

    You need to engage with the ACC Ethics Panel if you want to undertake research and/or evaluation with ACC customers, or request personal identifiable ACC data.

    If your project is considered higher risk, eg you plan to involve one of our vulnerable populations as participants, then the Ethics Panel may require you to attend a Panel meeting to discuss your project. If your project considered lower risk, then a Panel member may contact you via phone or email.

    You’ll need to fill out an application form and send it to ethics@acc.co.nz.

    Ethics Panel Application Form

    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 contact the Ethics Panel via email ethics@acc.co.nz.


    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.

    Contact us

    If you have a question or want to use our clients or data for research:

    Research and Evaluation team
    Email research@acc.co.nz

    If you only need data that doesn't identify our customers for your research:

    Team Manager Response 
    Email datarequest@acc.co.nz

    To submit an application to the Ethics Committee:

    ACC Ethics Panel Secretary
    Email ethics@acc.co.nz

    Last published: 1 May 2019