All research with Congress requires approval from the Board of each relevant health service. In addition, Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee (CAHREC) approval is required for all research conducted with Congress.  Ethics and health service approval can be submitted simultaneously.

The Congress Board (town) meet 6 times a year. The  Amoonguna, Mpwelarre, Mutitjulu, Western Aranda Health Aboriginal Corporation (WAHAC) and Utju Boards meet 4 times a year.

All research must first be reviewed by the Research Subcommittee with recommendations to the relevant Board. Always ensure adequate time for approval is factored in to the research timeline as it will take between 3 and 12 months to seek approval depending on which Boards you are applying to and the timing of your application. 

To note:

  • the following dates are subject to change at short notice.
  • primary health care at Ntaria is provided by both WAHAC and NT Health, therefore, approval to conduct research must also be obtained from NT Health.
 
2022 Key dates for Congress (town) review and approval: 
 
Research Application Submission Deadline Research Subcommittee Meeting Date Congress Board Meeting Date
Monday, 17 January
Thursday, 17 February
Thursday, 24 February
Monday, 28 February
Thursday, 31 March
Thursday, 14 April
Monday, 25 April
Thursday, 26 May
Thursday, 9 June
Monday, 20 June
Thursday, 21 July
Thursday, 4 August
Monday, 15 August
Thursday, 15 September
Thursday, 29 September
Monday, 10 October
Thursday, 10 November
Wednesday 23 November
NB: dates subject to change

2022 Key dates for remote board review and approval

AMOONGUNA
Monday 31 January 2022 Wednesday 2 March 2022
Monday 18 April 2022 Wednesday 18 May 2022
Monday 13 June 2022 Wednesday 13 July 2022
Monday 15 August 2022 Wednesday 14 September
UTJU (Areyonga)
Monday 10 January 2022 Thursday 10 February 2022
Monday 4 April 2022 Thursday 5 May 2022
Monday 18 July 2022 Thursday 18 August 2022
Monday 12 September 2022 Thursday 13 October 2022
MUTITJULU
Monday 7 February 2022 Thursday 10 March 2022
Monday 11 April 2022 Thursday 12 May 2022
Monday 11 July 2022 Thursday 11 August 2022
Monday 26 September 2022 Thursday 27 October 2022
MPWELARRE (Santa Teresa/Ltyentye Apurte)
Monday 21 February 2022 Tuesday 22 March 2022
Monday 23 May 2022 Tuesday 21 June 2022
Monday 25 July 2022 Tuesday 23 August 2022
Monday 17 October 2022 Tuesday 15 November 2022
WAHAC (Ntaria / Hermannsburg**)
Monday 14 February 2022 Wednesday 16 March 2022
Monday 30 May 2022 Wednesday 29 June 2022
Monday 1 August 2022 Wednesday 31 August 2022
Monday 3 October 2022 Wednesday 2 November 2022

* dates subject to change

** joint service delivery with Central Australian Health Service