About the Tobacco Control Research Steering Group
The Tobacco Control Research Steering Group was re-formed in 2007 as a joint Ministry of Health/Health Research Council initiative. The Ministry of Health funds the Steering Group and appoints its members.
The Steering Group's functions are to:
- provide strategic advice annually to the Ministry and wider sector on tobacco research priorities for New Zealand. This advice covers both researcher-initiated and user-initiated research
- identify tobacco control research workforce needs and opportunities for workforce development
- help improve the knowledge and skills of the tobacco control sector
- organise networking opportunities for tobacco control researchers and interested stakeholders – including research funders and end-users – to share expertise and information
- maintain an up-to-date log of New Zealand’s tobacco-related research
- organise opportunities to share research findings.
Membership of the Tobacco Control Research Steering Group as at September 2009:
- Dr Brian Adams, Heart Foundation, National Tobacco Control Working Group
- Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Ministry of Health
- Dr Chris Bullen, Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Auckland
- Dr Richard Edwards, University of Otago, Wellington
- Dr Marewa Glover, Centre for Tobacco Control Research, University of Auckland
- Michele Grigg (Chair), The Quit Group
- Dr Janet Hoek, University of Otago, Dunedin
- Sharon McCook (ex officio), Health Research Council
- Dr Rhiannon Newcombe, Health Sponsorship Council
- John Stribling, Ministry of Health
- Ben Youdan, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), National Tobacco Control Working Group.
Secretariat services are provided by Allen & Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Ltd.