The term “health research,” sometimes also called “medical research” or “clinical research,” refers to research that is done to learn more about human health. Health research also aims to find better ways to prevent and treat disease. Health research is an important way to help improve the care and treatment of people.

Research, evidence, and information are the foundation for sound health policies. Te Marae Ora supports research for health within the following four goals.

  • Capacity – build capacity to strengthen health research systems.
  • Priorities – support the setting of research priorities that meet health needs.
  • Standards – develop an enabling environment for research through the creation of norms and standards for good research practice.
  • Translation – ensure quality evidence is turned into affordable health technologies and evidence-informed policy.

If you are planning on researching on any area related to health you may need to get approval from the Cook Islands Research Committee. For more information email

Also, find out about our Te Marae Ora research Policy and Strategy 2014 under Important Documents