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The Northern Territory Department of Health sponsors two Human Research Ethics Committees – the Top End HREC and the Central Australian HREC. The two committees work together to provide ethical review for all health-related research in the Northern Territory.
The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) has a strong interest in research that is being planned and done in Aboriginal primary health settings in the Northern Territory. AMSANT has developed a research policy including a research analysis template to assist people asking for AMSANT's input into their research projects.
A special purpose permit from the Central Land Council is required for long term or ongoing projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on their land including research. The applicant should seek to respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, culture and intellectual property, and ensure that their application provides sufficient information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about projects affecting them.
The Northern Land Council also provides information for all research and surveys to be conducted on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and sea connected to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land.