Early 2013 Working Party EstablishedIn 2013 the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) established a multidisciplinary working party to investigate ways to enhance the conduct of maternal and perinatal clinical trial research across Australia and New Zealand. As part of this review, New Zealand based researchers identified the potential opportunity for New Zealand to develop a more structured national network that could integrate with a bi-national initiative. A feasibility study for such a network was funded by the RANZCOG Mercia Barnes Trust and Gravida (the National Centre for Research in Growth and Development).
September 2013Project Coordinator AppointedAppointment of a project co-ordinator and establishment of a multidisciplinary national advisory group.
October 2013Surveys DistributedDistribution of two nationwide surveys; to all clinicians in midwifery, obstetrics, neonatology and neonatal nursing and to active maternal and perinatal health researchers.
February 2014National Avisory Group Workshop HeldA national advisory group workshop was held in Auckland including overviews of other successful clinical trial networks, review of nationwide survey results and small group discussions. A consensus was reached to develop an investigator initiated and led network for multicentre trials and large observational studies under the umbrella of the Perinatal Society of New Zealand (PSNZ), closely aligned and linked with Australia via PSANZ. The Advisory Group recommended a framework for infrastructure including a national executive committee representative of region and discipline with a central supporting co-ordinating centre. The Feasibility Study report
Late 2015Grant AwardedA five-year grant from the University of Auckland Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Research Initiatives Fund (SRIF) was awarded for the development of the ON TRACK Network for better Health for Mothers and Babies and a central co-ordination research hub. The SRIF initiative is overseen by the Strategic Research Initiative Steering Group. Once the Network is established and self-sustaining the SRISG will transfer all governance to the ON TRACK Network National Executive Committee.
Early 2016Network National Executive Committee
June 2016First MeetingInaugural meeting of the ON TRACK National Executive Committee.
July 2016NewsletterEdition One of the ON TRACK Newsletter circulated. View