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RESEARCH PROPOSALS AND STUDIES SUBMITTED
Updated on the 20th March 2017
 
            The list below comprises of all the ‘completed’ Research Proposals submitted to the NHERC for review since 2014. The Proposals are arranged in accordance to the year of submission.  To assist in understanding the table the following column headings are explained below:
 
Column Heading
Explanation
Reference
Reference Number
Title
Title of the Research Study
Investigator(s)
Principal Investigator with Local Counterpart / Local Co-Investigator (Bolded) with Supervisor (When Applicable)
Status
Current status of Research Proposal / Study
In Progress : Approved and currently running
Awaiting for Amendments: Conditional Approval given granted Amendments / Conditions are met.
Yet to be Reviewed: Submitted yet pending Review and Approval
Completed: Study completed and Final Report submitted
Terminated: Study was discontinued / terminated
Duration
Duration period for when Ethical Approval remains valid
Approval
Type of Approval Granted
Conditional Approval: Approval granted with Conditions / Amendments
Approval: Unconditional Approval
Yet to be Reviewed: Submitted yet still pending
Re-submit Application with Amendments: Application reviewed by NHERC and requested for re-submission with amendments / conditions given.
 
 
1          Research Proposals Submitted
2014
 
#
Reference
Title
Investigator(s)
Status
Duration
Approval
1
150414
Non-communicable disease-related disability research in the Pacific Islands: Tonga component
Dr. Wendy Snowden
Mr. Sione Pouliva’ati
Completed
2 Years
15.04.14 – 15.04.16
Conditional Approval
2
240414
Physical Activity among adolescents in the Vava’u Island: Tonga.
Mr. Simon Larrson (Medical Student)
Dr. Reynold ‘Ofanoa
Completed
1 Year
24.04.14 – 24.04.15
Conditional Approval
3
040614.1
Investigating the health needs of primary school children in Tonga.
Associate Professor Cameron Grant
Mrs. Fiona Langridge (PhD candidate)
Dr. Toakase Fakakovikaetau
Completed
3 Years
04.06.14 – 04.06.17
Conditional Approval
4
040614.2
Pacific Science for Health Literacy Partnership Project
Mrs. Jacquie Bay
Dr. ‘Ofa Tukia
Terminated
3 Years
04.06.14 – 04.06.17
Conditional Approval
5
070714
What are the Normative, Perceived and Expressed Needs for Orthodontic Treatment amongst Tongan children aged 12 – 15 years old.
Nirmal Shal (Dental Student)
Dr. Susitina Piukala
Completed
1 year
7.07.14 – 07.07.15
Conditional Approval
6
300714
The Impact of Australian Sports Outreach Program in Tonga
Mr. Siosaia Langitoto
Mr. Sione Hufanga
Completed
1 year
7.07.14 – 07.07.15
Approval
7
190914
The Impact of Cataract on Poverty
Dr. Judith McCool
Ms. Julienne Faletau (Masters Candidate)
Mrs. Mele Vuki
Completed
1 year
19.09.14 – 19.09.15
Conditional Approval
8
211114.2
Assessing Tongan smokers’ responses to Television advertisements about serious harms of tobacco use
Dr. ‘Ofa Tukia
Completed
1 year
21.11.14 – 21.11.15
Conditional Approval
9
211114.1
The Process and Impact of Food Policies in Tonga
Associate Professor Colin Bell
Mrs. Elisiva Na’ati
In Progress-extended and ammended to Ref#190716
3 years
21.11.14 – 21.11.17
Conditional Approval
10
290115.1
Post-Mass Drug Administration Lymphatic Filariasis Transmission Assessment Survey.
Dr. Reynold ‘Ofanoa
Completed
1 year
29.01.15 – 29.01.16
Conditional Approval
11
030315
Formative Research into barriers to participation in physical activity in the Pacific
Dr. Tom Carroll
Dr. ‘Ofa Tukia
Mr. ‘Eva Mafi
Completed
1 year
03.03.15 – 03.03.16
Conditional Approval
12
290115.2
Giving Birth: The Voices of Tongan Women in Tonga and the United States
Mrs. Shelly J. Reed
Sr. ‘Ana Kavaefiafi
Mrs. Meliame Tupou
Completed
2 years
29.01.15 – 29.01.16
Conditional Approval
13
210115.1
Dentition Status and treatment needs of Down’s Syndrome individuals attending ‘Ofa Tu’i moe ‘Amanaki and ‘Alonga Residential Center’s specialized institutions in Nuku’alofa Tongatapu
Ms. Mele Likivai Foliaki (BDS 4th Dental student).
Dr. ‘Amanaki Fakakovikaetau
Completed
1 year
29.01.2015 – 29.01.2016
Conditional Approval
14
210115.2
Periodontal status and treatment needs of Down’s Syndrome individuals attending two specialized institutions in Nuku’alofa Tongatapu.
Mr. James Heimuli (BDS 4th Dental student).
Dr. ‘Amanaki Fakakovikaetau
Completed
1 year  29.01.2015 – 29.01.2016
Conditional Approval
 

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