Publicly available information released following an FOI access request
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NHMRC Freedom of Information disclosure log
Note: The FOI reference number in this table may not be sequential. This can occur because the FOI requests received by the NHMRC have been withdrawn at the request of the applicant, or information is deemed by the relevant Decision Maker to be of a commercial-in-confidential or personal nature, in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act.
|FOI reference number||Date of decision on application/ Release date||Number of documents or pages / Type of release||FOI topic / information requested||Summary of documents released|
|2015/16-007||18 December 2015||6 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22 (45 pages in total).||
Copies of the documents associated with :
Homeopathy Working Committee Meeting March 2013 Minutes.
NHMRC Homeopathy Review’s determination/decision regarding study thresholds from July 2012 – August 2013.
Australasian Cochrane Centre full report reviewing methods used in NHMRC Homeopathy Review.
Administrative decision to classify/describe Homeopathy Review as a ‘HTA’ and the HWC as a ‘HTA committee’.
|Committee meeting minutes and Methodological Review.|
|2015/16-005||12 November 2015||70 documents released in full with redactions under Section 47E (d)||
Copies of the documents associated with :
Evaluation reports of the project grant APP1113738 and APP1092496. Guidelines.
Guidelines or instructions relating to evaluation of funding applications used to peer review program grant APP1113738 and APP1092496 from 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2015.
Correspondence between NHMRC and program grant peer review panel which reviewed APP1113738 and APP1092496 during 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2015.
Documents used in evaluating research funding application by The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health from 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2015.
|Guidance resources, email correspondence, Reports, Scoresheets and ranking lists, Funding Rules.|
|2015/16-002||14 October 2015||20 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22 (1)(a)(ii) (55 pages in total)||Minutes, correspondence and disclosure of interest documents relating to NHMRC homeopathy review||Committee meeting minutes, email correspondence and Disclosure of Interest forms.|
|2015/16-003||7 September 2015||9 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 47G (1)(a) (19 pages in total)||Potential Conflict of Interest declarations by Professor Ian Hickie and Professor Patrick McGorry since the publication of NHMRC’s document, Guideline Development and Conflicts of Interest: Identifying and Managing Conflict of Interest of Prospective Members of NHMRC Committees and Working Group Guidelines.||
Research Grants Management System(RGMS) data extract and a Disclosure of Interest form
|2014/15-021||10 August 2015 (Decision) / 17 August 2015 (Release)||10 documents released in full or part with redactions under Sections 22 and 47G||
Documents and email correspondence from Jun – Aug 2012 held by NHMRC relating to the homeopathy review, including the agreed review methodology, internal NHMRC correspondence and correspondence between NHMRC and Homeopathy Working Committee members
|Documents, email correspondence|
|2014/15-014||31 July 2015||1 document released in full with redactions under Section 47G (1)(a) (20 pages in total)||The funding application for the NHMRC Project Grant 1060397 (2013) ) "The Beyond Ageing Project: Phase 2", also known as "A selective prevention trial using novel pharmacotherapies in an older age cohort at risk for depression"||The Grant Proposal for Project Grant 1060397|
|2014/15-022||6 July 2015||3 documents released in part with redactions under s47E (4 pages in total)||Documents held by NHMRC relating to the identities of the Peer Review Panel Members responsible for approving Project Grant applications APP1024401, APP1083664 and APP384233||
Screenshots of review assessor detail screen (APP1024401 and APP1083664) from NHMRC’s grant management system. Grant review panel spreadsheet for APP384233.
|2014/15-020||27 May 2015||1 document released in part with redactions under s45(1) (8 pages in total)||Email correspondence between NHMRC and the original contractor employed in relation to the homeopathy review between May 2012 and August 2012||Email correspondence|
|2014/15-017||14 May 2015||3 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 47F(1)(a)(ii) (8 pages in total)||Documents held by NHMRC relating to the 2010 NICNAS Scientific Review of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity||Documents relating to correspondence with Office of Health Protection and ACT Coroner’s Court|
|2014/15-019||20 April 2015||3 documents released in full with partial redactions (6 pages)||Documents relating to correspondence between NHMRC and the Hon Sussan Ley MP between 23 December 2014 and 30 March 2015 in relation to the review of natural therapies and the private health insurance rebate||Information Brief, QTB and correspondence relating to the Homeopathy Review|
|2014/15-010||24 March 2015||23 documents released in full or part with redactions under s22 (68 pages in total)||Documents relating to correspondence with or interactions between NHMRC and food industry representatives from Woolworths, the Coca Cola Company, Coca Cola Amatil, McDonald’s, Nestle or the Australian Food and Grocery Council, between January 2012 and 7 December 2014||Public Consultations, Submissions, email correspondence, briefing notes, agenda papers|
|2014/15-009||28 January 2015||1 document with redactions under s22 and s47 (60 pages in total)||Documents relating to the 2014-15 budget commitments to the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research||Finalised Grant Agreement of August 2014 between NHMRC and The University of Queensland (administering on behalf of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research)|
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