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New Zealand

Fast Facts

  • Capital: Wellington
  • Economy: Modern, prosperous, developed economy, nominal GDP US$140 billion, 2010
  • Health Expenditure: 9.7% of GDP, 2009
  • Population: 4.2 million, 2009
  • Average Life Span: 80 Years, 2010
  • Languages: English, Maori
  • Adult Literacy Rate: 99% 2009

Health Trends

  • Reforms have introduced market and health insurance elements primarily in the last three decades, creating a mixed public-private system for delivering healthcare.
  • A caring health system, a no fault approach and ‘cover for all’ resulting in high patient attendance both within primary and secondary care.
  • Population Disease Areas: Cardiovascular (network) / Diabetes / Hepatitis (network) / Hematology (network) / Gastroenteritis (network) / Elderly / Oncology (6 major oncology centres) / Respiratory Disease.
  • With a small population, health care professions readily relate to their patients which encourages active participation in clinical research;
    • Smaller local communities within hospital regions develop strong patient/research links.
    • Pools of recurrent patients within specific TAs for studies.
    • Compliant patients due to familiarity with research staff.

Clinical Trial Landscape

  • Multi-region ethics system (approval 6-8 weeks).
  • 45 days regulatory review and approval.
  • Accepted media advertising.
  • Major hospitals provide dedicated research teams across a variety of therapy areas.
  • Therapeutic area network research organizations spanning New Zealand.
  • Direct access to health care professionals.
  • New Zealand Investigators are high attendees at international conferences and are ICH / GCP compliant.
  • Good primary care network.
  • Rapid study start-up.
  • Sites are committed to recruiting agreed target number of subjects.
  • Sites are realistic in enrolment predictions to maintain credibility and encourage further research within New Zealand.
  • Good subject retention rates.
  • Summer January-March. No holiday season July-September
  • Early phase expertise with 2 Phase I units.

ICON in New Zealand

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  • Presence in New Zealand since 2007

Services Offered

  • Project Management
  • Clinical Monitoring
  • Medical & Safety Services
  • Quality Assurance, Training
  • Flexible to meet any client requirements

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