Brainwave Trust’s main role is to disseminate the complex science that can be found in universities and other research institutions around the world and repackage it in an accessible way. To ensure that public policies are developed using all the facts that are available, we take the opportunity to have input into reviews of legislation and political and legal policy discussion documents.

Brainwave Submissions To Date

Parliamentary Health Committee’s Inquiry into Improving Child Health Outcomes and Preventing Child Abuse – The Economics of Early Intervention (2013)

In 2012 Brainwave Trust Aotearoa made the submission to the Parliamentary Health Committee’s Inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse with focus from preconception until 3 years of age. At their request we submitted a further paper prepared by our treasurer Anthea Springford about the economics of early intervention. The Economics of Early Intervention – Brainwave Trust Aotearoa – April 2013. The final report from the Health Select committee is follows and Brainwave is delighted we could so positively input into such a vital report about the importance of early years for our future generations – Report of the Health Committee 19 November 2013.

Parliamentary Health Committee’s Inquiry into Improving Child Health Outcomes and Preventing Child Abuse (2012)

In 2012 Brainwave made a submission to the Health Select Committee inquiry into improving child health outcomes and preventing child abuse with focus from preconception until 3 years of age.

Green Paper for Vulnerable Children (2012)

The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children is a discussion document which the government is using to test public opinion on how to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. Read the 2012 Brainwave submission for the Green Paper.

Review of the Family Court (2012)

In 2012 Brainwave made a submission in response to the Review of the Family Court, 2012.

Safer Journeys Discussion Document ( 2009)

Brainwave made a submission in response to the government’s Safer Journeys discussion document released in 2009. We have put particular emphasis on adolescent brain development and how it pertains to the area defined as of high concern: increasing the safety of young drivers.

Alcohol In Our Lives Discussion Document (2009)

Submission in response to the discussion document released by the Law Commission in 2009. We drew attention to the damage alcohol can do to growing brains, both in pregnancy and during adolescence. We are the first generation of adults and policy makers to have access to this material. Even as recently as 1999 when the decision was made to lower the drinking age in New Zealand, knowledge about brain development in adolescence was not known.