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Health Tracker is a monthly email newsletter that informs the research and health communities about health policy or practice-related NHMRC activities and opportunities.

NHMRC Health Tracker - October 2014

View outcomes of research grants announcement

The Australian Government today announced outcomes for 773 NHMRC grants totaling $539.8 million. Further information.

Announcement of outcomes: Partnership for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2014 First Call

Eight Partnership Projects totaling $7.32 million were announced in October.  These projects will allow more effective integration of research evidence into health policy and service delivery. Further information.

New clinical practice guideline for hip fracture care

The NHMRC-approved Australian and New Zealand Guideline for Hip Fracture Care - Improving Outcomes in Hip Fracture Management of Adults was released by the Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) Steering Group on 23 September.

This guideline is designed to help professionals providing care for people with a hip fracture to deliver consistent, effective and efficient care and is available through the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal (ID#2393).

Research Translation Faculty – big ideas are on the way

The Faculty has been developing ideas for how NHMRC can help the translation of evidence into practice. The first four Case for Action proposals have been submitted by Faculty Steering Groups and will be considered by the NHMRC Council next month. These proposals, which relate to mental health, cancer, diabetes and obesity, have undergone peer review and assessment by NHMRC committees. Council will provide advice to the CEO about each proposal – keep an eye out for further updates.

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Recent media releases

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - September 2014

NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium: early bird registrations end soon

Early bird rates end on 30 September for the 3rd annual Research Translation Faculty Symposium to be held on 12-13 November at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. The theme for the Symposium is “Achieving better health outcomes for Australians living with chronic conditions through more effective research translation”. View the full program online. Registrations and further information

Submit your feedback on revised list of standard clinical trial items

Deadline for submissions is 5pm AEDT 31 October. This list was developed following stakeholder consultation. Once the public consultation period has closed, the revised list will be used by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to determine national efficient prices for the listed clinical trial items. Further information

Consultation opportunity: Dementia research priorities

As part of the Boosting Dementia Research measure, NHMRC is seeking views on dementia research and translation priorities from researchers, clinicians, dementia patients and their carers. The identified priorities will inform the strategic roadmap for the new NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research. Further information

Update on Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) activities

AHEC had a teleconference on 27 August and discussed:

  • Ethical issues in health resource allocation
  • Building capacity of clinical ethics committees
  • A strategic approach to the review of the National Statement
  • Position statement on shared decision-making between patients and clinicians
  • Update on the development of ethical guidelines for organ transplantation from deceased donors

AHEC is expected to meet once more before the end of 2014.

Update on Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) activities

HGAC had a teleconference on 29 August and discussed:

  • Update on public consultation process – Draft Principles for the Translation of ‘Omics’-based Results from Discovery to Health Care
  • Update on public consultation feedback - Direct-to-Consumer Genetic DNA Testing - Consumer Information and Statement
  • Options for the classification of phenotypes
  • Update on the Global Genomic Medicine Collaboration working groups
  • Genomics mapping exercise – scoping the way forward

HGAC is expected to meet once more before the end of 2014.

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From the CEO

Recent media releases

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

 

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NHMRC Health Tracker - August 2014

Read update on Boosting Dementia Research initiative

Read about the latest developments and research opportunities relating to the Australian Government’s $200 million budget measure to boost dementia research on the NHMRC website.

Apply now: NHMRC Dementia Research Team Grants

Applicants must commence their application and provide the specified minimum data by 24 September. Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted. Further information.

Read questions and answers on NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

NHMRC has published questions and answers regarding its call for submissions for NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Submissions due by 7:00pm AEST Tuesday 30 September. Further information.

Reminder to register for Research Translation Faculty symposium

Register early to attend the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium in Melbourne in November. Information on plenary speakers and pre/post events available now: further information.

Provide comment on the Draft Statement on Consumer Involvement in Health and Medical Research

The closing date for submissions is 5.00pm AEST 19 September. Further information.

Read a review on indemnity and insurance for clinical trials

NHMRC has published a commissioned review of indemnity and insurance arrangements for clinical trials in Australia. Further information.

Update on Prevention and Community Health Committee (PCHC) activities

PCHC met on 11 August and discussed:

  • NHMRC public health data activities relating to data access for researchers
  • Mental health and parenting project on developing resilience and mental well-being in children
  • An update on the work of the Fluoride Reference Group and its evidence review
  • Next steps on the proposal for a Targeted Call for Research on Obesity in young adults
  • An update on NHMRC funded public health and health services intervention research
  • An update on NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Steering Groups and cases for action coming forward

PCHC is expected to meet once more before the end of 2014.

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Recent media releases

Open public consultations


NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

 

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NHMRC Health Tracker - July 2014

Call for submissions - NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

NHMRC has established a new initiative that will allow outstanding centres of leadership in health research, translation, practice and training around Australia to be recognised as Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. Apply now – submissions due by 7:00pm AEST Tuesday 30 September. Further information.

Research Translation Faculty Symposium: early bird registrations opening soon

Registrations for the 2014 RTF Symposium will open on 21 July. Further information.

Provide your feedback on draft NHMRC Information Paper on lead and human health

Further information. Submissions close 14 September.

Provide your feedback on draft NHMRC principles for the translation of ‘omics’-based tests from discovery to health care

Further information. Submissions close 25 August.

Submit evidence on the health effects of water fluoridation

NHMRC is calling for published studies on the health effects of water fluoridation. The call for evidence opens on 23 July and closes 10:00am 22 August. Further information.

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From the CEO

Recent media releases

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - June 2014

Research Translation Faculty: seeking ideas from members on new and emerging health threats in Australia

The opportunity to submit ideas for research translation on new and emerging health threats closes on Monday, 23 June. Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

NHMRC survey on the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) updated March 2014

NHMRC, Australian Research Council and Universities Australia thank all participants in the survey of the National Statement undertaken by ORIMA Research between November 2013 and February 2014. The survey results will inform the future development of ethical guidance for human research in Australia.

Further information on the working group involved in the ‘rolling review’ of the National Statement: NHMRC website.

Key grants application dates for 2014

Submit minimum data for Partnership Projects – 2014 Second Call applications by 23 July

Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted. Further information will be available on the NHMRC website from 25 June.

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From the CEO

Recent media releases

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - May 2014

Submit your feedback on NHMRC draft Information Paper on homeopathy: deadline extended

The deadline has been extended to 5:00pm AEST 2 June in light of a planned shutdown of the NHMRC IT network from 23 – 26 May. Further information.

Participate in clinical trials consultation process

As part of the Australian Government’s plan to streamline the conduct of clinical trials, NHMRC is currently conducting targeted consultations on:

  • ‘Good practice’ research governance processes for clinical trials; and
  • The structure and content of a new human research application form.

To find out more, or to register your interest in being part of the targeted consultation process, visit the NHMRC website.

Final call for abstracts for Research Translation Faculty Symposium: closes 18 May

Further information. Registrations for the symposium are expected to open by early July.

Update on Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) activities

  • AHEC met on 7 May and discussed:
  • Ethical issues in health resource allocation
  • Clinical ethics capacity building
  • The development of ethical guidance in the area of ‘omics’
  • A strategic approach to the review of the National Statement
  • Ethical issues regarding immunisation for measles, mumps and rubella
  • Scope of practice issues
  • Queries about the ethical review requirements for the use of data

AHEC is expected to meet two more times before the end of 2014.

Update on Health Care Committee (HCC) activities

HCC met on 8 May and discussed:

  • The use of data to drive quality improvement in clinical practice
  • Shared decision making in clinical practice
  • NHMRC Partnership Centres

HCC is expected to meet two more times before the end of 2014.

Update on Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) activities

HGAC met on 14 May and discussed:

  • Review of Framework on Evidential Standards for the Translation Omics-based Discoveries into Clinical Research and Practice
  • Return of ‘Omics’ results – review of targeted consultation
  • Financial Services Council update on risk rated insurance
  • Direct-to-consumer genetic DNA testing - consumer information and a position statement for public consultation

HGAC is expected to meet two more times before the end of 2014.

Update on Prevention and Community Health Committee (PCHC) activities

PCHC had a teleconference on 15 May and discussed:

  • NHMRC public health data activities
  • Mental health and parenting project
  • An update on the work on Fluoridation of drinking water
  • A draft information paper on lead
  • Obesity, including a draft Targeted Call for Research and feedback from a scientific forum held in April
  • An update on NHMRC funded public health and health services intervention research

PCHC is expected to meet two more times before the end of 2014.

Announcement of outcomes of NHMRC Partnership Projects

Fourteen Partnership Projects totalling $11.4 million were announced by the Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton on 30 April. These projects will allow more effective integration of research evidence into health policy and service delivery. Further information.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker – April 2014

Now online: Talking with your patients about Complementary Medicine – A Resource for Clinicians

Further information.

Provide your feedback on the NHMRC draft Information Paper on the effectiveness of homeopathy

Further information. Submissions close 5:00pm AEST 26 May.

Provide your feedback on Direct-to-Consumer genetic DNA testing

NHMRC will soon be seeking comment on a draft NHMRC position statement and consumer resource on Direct-to-Consumer genetic DNA testing. Further information will be available on the Public Consultation website on 22 April. Submissions will close 5:00pm on 3 June.

Read outcomes of NHMRC genomics workshop

NHMRC hosted a workshop on 20 March to discuss the framework and principles it has developed for the translation of omics-based discoveries into clinical research and practice. Over 60 potential users were in attendance. Further information.

NHMRC’s CEO Roundtable: new insights into the biology of obesity

This roundtable, focussing on the latest science of biological mechanisms that impact obesity, was held on 1 April. Further information.

Submit your abstract for 3rd Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The call for abstracts for the symposium in Melbourne on 12-13 November is now open. Further information.

Update on NHMRC Primary Care Partnership Centre

In 2013, NHMRC identified a need to streamline the Partnership Centres Funding Scheme. Subsequently, all CIAs who applied were informed that their applications would not be proceeding to peer review.

The NHMRC Primary Care Partnership Centre will be reset under a new model and a revised request for applications will likely be released in the coming months. Enquiries: partnership.centres@nhmrc.gov.au.


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From the CEO

Recent media releases

Open public consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - March 2014

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing in asymptomatic men: new resource for health practitioners

NHMRC has released a new resource to facilitate discussions between health practitioners and their patients about the potential benefits and harms before ordering a PSA test. Further information.

Provide your feedback on draft NHMRC Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health

NHMRC is seeking comment on a draft NHMRC Information Paper regarding evidence on the potential effects of wind farms on human health. Further information. Submissions close 5:00pm AEST 11 April.

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health – Partnership Projects 2014 First Call opens: 19 March

Applications close 24 June. Further information will be available on the NHMRC website from 19 March.

Clinical Trials Networks summit

Australia’s leading clinical investigators will be invited to take part in a national summit of clinical trials networks convened by the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) on 28-29 March. NHMRC is providing support for this summit.

Read the updated NHMRC Privacy Policy

The NHMRC Privacy Policy, made under Clause 1.3 of Schedule 1 of the Privacy Act 1988, is available from the NHMRC website.

Key information contained in the policy is the definition of Personal and Sensitive information, the disclosure of personal information overseas and dealing with NHMRC anonymously and pseudonymously. All enquiries: nhmrc.privacy@nhmrc.gov.au.

Update on NHMRC Council meeting

NHMRC Council met on 6 March to discuss:

  • Progress against the NHMRC Strategic Plan
  • Streamlining grants applications
  • Evaluation of leadership in research and its translation to improve health care
  • Direct-to-consumer genetic DNA testing
  • Fluoridation of drinking water
  • Complementary medicine and clinicians

Update on Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) activities

HGAC met on 20 March to discuss:

  • Direct-to-consumer genetic DNA testing - consumer information and a position statement for public consultation
  • Outcomes from workshop on Evidential Standards for the Translation Omics-based Discoveries into Clinical Research and Practice

HGAC are expected to meet three more times before the end of 2014.

Update on Prevention and Community Health Committee (PCHC) activities

PCHC met on 14 February to discuss:

  • Public health data survey methodology
  • Data activities within the Department of Health
  • AIHW’s review of the Metadata Online Registry (METeOR) data registry
  • Mental health and parenting
  • Fluoridation of drinking water
  • Obesity, including a Targeted Call for Research and a scientific forum

PCHC are expected to meet three more times before the end of 2014.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

From the CEO

Recent media releases

Open public consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

See full article...

NHMRC Health Tracker - February 2014

Submit your feedback: public consultation on drinking water fact sheets

NHMRC is seeking public comment on draft revisions of two chemical fact sheets that form part of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011). Submissions close COB 12 March. Further information: NHMRC public consultations website.

Update on Health Care Committee (HCC) activities

HCC met on 18 February and discussed:

  • The use of data to drive quality improvement in clinical practice
  • Health inequalities in rural and remote Australia
  • Shared decision making
  • Complementary and alternative medicines

Announcement of outcomes of NHMRC Partnership Projects

Seven Partnership Projects totalling $4.4 million were among the 153 grants totalling $133 million announced by the Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton on 18 February. These projects will allow more effective integration of research evidence into health policy and service delivery. Further information: NHMRC website.

Save the date: 12-13 November for Research Translation Faculty (RTF) Symposium

The 3rd annual RTF Symposium will be held on 12-13 November 2014 in Melbourne. The theme for this year’s conference is “Achieving better health outcomes for Australians living with chronic conditions through more effective research translation”. Further information will be available soon.

Read CEO commentary on genomic medicine

Professor Warwick Anderson discusses the potential benefits of genomics and what is needed to achieve these benefits. Read Genomic medicine – much promise, many challenges.

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From the CEO

Recent media releases

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - December 2013

View new NHMRC stem cell treatment resources

Stem Cell Treatments – a Quick Guide for Medical Practitioners and Stem Cell Treatments – Frequently Asked Questions provide medical practitioners and patients with information on available stem cell treatments, and the risks involved in undergoing unproven treatments. Further information: NHMRC website.

View NHMRC Council recommendations on efficacy and safety of fluoridation

The Council of NHMRC has reaffirmed its 2007 position on the efficacy and safety of fluoridating drinking water. It further recommended that the Office of the NHMRC update its review of the scientific evidence. Further information: NHMRC website.

View updated Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011)

As part of NHMRC’s rolling review of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011), these resources have been revised:

  • Information sheets for water treatment operators
  • Chemical fact sheets on benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes
  • Guidance for issuing and lifting boil water notices

Further information: NHMRC website.

View new Summary Guide to the obesity guidelines

The Summary Guide for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Primary Care is now available on the NHMRC website. This guide supports NHMRC’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia (2013).

View revisions to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

Revisions to the National Statement came into effect on 11 December and comprise Chapter 3.4: Human biospecimens in laboratory based research replacing the existing Chapter 3.4 and Chapter 3.6. Further information: NHMRC website.

Read new NHMRC CEO Health Research Translation newsletter

In this new newsletter, Professor Anderson discusses a number of issues relevant to the health community. Further information: NHMRC website.

View NHMRC’s Ten of the Best Research Projects 2013

Ten of the Best highlights recent examples of the best NHMRC-funded research. The examples demonstrate that NHMRC, through expert peer review, selects great research potential from the applications it receives.

View the publication and media release on the NHMRC website.

Last Health Tracker for 2013

This is the Last Health Tracker for 2013. The first Health Tracker of 2014 will be published on 21 February.

FOR YOUR INTEREST

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties that have recently been released

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NHMRC Health Tracker - November 2013

View updated NHMRC genetics fact sheets

NHMRC has updated a set of genetics information sheets. The information sheets provide general information to health consumers on: personalised medicine, genetic discrimination, the human genome, sequencing your genome, epigenetics and health, and the use of genetic information in sport.

Update on Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) activities

HGAC met on 1 November and discussed:

  • direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing
  • return of genetic results
  • evidential standards document / workshop

Update on Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) activities

AHEC met on 31 October and 1 November and discussed:

  • advice to the CEO on human research ethics committees in Australia
  • complaints regarding the review of research
  • comparative effectiveness research and
  • ethical issues associated with drugs in sport

Update on Health Care Committee (HCC) activities

HCC met on 29 October and discussed:

  • homeopathy
  • NHMRC Research Translation Faculty
  • prostate specific antigen testing

Update on Prevention and Community Health Committee (PCHC) activities

PCHC met on 25 October and discussed:

  • prostate specific antigen testing
  • public health data survey methodology including data linkage / integration
  • rolling review of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG)
  • obesity, including a Targeted Call for Research and a scientific workshop to be held in 2014

Update on Principal Committee Indigenous Caucus (PCIC) activities

PCIC met on 15 November and discussed:

  • development of a Targeted Call for Research to review outcomes of funded Indigenous health research
  • development of Targeted Calls for Research with an Indigenous health focus
  • involvement in Research Translation Faculty work
  • the criteria for health and medical research of Indigenous Australians
  • drug and alcohol research and data with representatives of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee
  • development of a draft research excellence and capacity building model for Indigenous research

Read the CEO Diary for September and October

Further information: NHMRC website.


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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties that have recently been released

Australian clinicians and policy-makers can access NHMRC approved clinical practice guidelines on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

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NHMRC Health Tracker - October 2013

View the presentations from the Research Translation Faculty Symposium

The RTF Symposium held in Sydney on 2-3 October was a great success. Over 340 delegates and 80 speakers across 10 parallel sessions, 8 master classes and 3 plenary sessions offered practical insights into the spectrum of research translation. View the plenary session presentations on the NHMRC website

View presentations and photos from the Clinical Trials Research Governance forum

This NHMRC forum, held on 5 September, facilitated discussion on prospective solutions to delays in commencing clinical trials in Australia. View the presentations and photos from the forum on the NHMRC website.

Update on Council activities

The Council of NHMRC met for the 197th Session on 10 October. Council discussed a range of issues including:

  • NHMRC Funding Recommendations
  • Information Sheets for Water Treatment Operators
  • Translation of ‘omics’-based discoveries into clinical research and practice
  • Expediting Clinical Trials Reform in Australia

The 198th session of Council will be held in late November.


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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - September 2013

Only one week left to register for the Research Translation Faculty Symposium

The RTF Symposium is being held in Sydney from 2-3 October. Registrations are open to all. View the full program, workshop details and abstracts at www.nhmrc2013.com.

RTF members: Submit your ‘Big Ideas’ for Action

Three consultations are closing soon:

  • Injury Prevention and Control: 23 Sept
  • Healthy Start for a Healthy Life: 25 Sept
  • Arthritis / Musculoskeletal Conditions: 25 Sept

Further information: RTF website under ‘Consultations’ tab.

Read about new NHMRC Community and Consumer Advisory Group (CCAG)

Members of the new CCAG met for the first time on 6 September. One of the key roles of CCAG will be to provide important perspectives on the ‘Big Ideas for Action’ that emerge from the Research Translation Faculty. Further information: NHMRC website.

Update on Health Care Committee (HCC) activities

HCC met on 30 August and discussed:

  • the process for assessing proposals from the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty
  • clinical practice guidelines, in particular, different recommendation grading systems
  • evidence-practice gaps in stroke care
  • the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality’s consultation paper on health literacy.

HCC also received a presentation on health inequalities in rural and remote Australia, which identified primary health care as central to addressing these inequalities.

HCC is expected to meet once more before the end of 2013.

Update on Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) activities

HGAC met on 29 August and discussed:

  • evidence standards to inform the translation of laboratory based genomic tests into clinical research and practice
  • direct-to-consumer genetic (DNA) testing
  • genetics advice for consumers
  • reviewing NHMRC genetics publications
  • return of results and incidental findings.

HGAC is expected to meet once more before the end of 2013.

Update on Prevention and Community Health Committee (PCHC) activities

PCHC met on 5 September and discussed:

  • the development of a Best Practice Guide for Accessing Data for Public Health Research
  • further data options to improve public health and health services research
  • advice for the development of an information document on PSA Testing for health and medical practitioners
  • plans for a workshop to consider the effectiveness of public health messages about maintaining a healthy weight and preventing obesity
  • an evidence based approach to improve resilience and mental wellbeing through positive early parenting
  • advice on numerous environmental health issues such as wind farms, fluoridation, water quality and lead.

PCHC is expected to meet once more before the end of 2013.

 

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NHMRC approved third party guidelines now available on NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal

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NHMRC Health Tracker - August 2013

Friday distribution of Health Tracker to continue

Tracker will continue to be sent out on Fridays while we consult further about timing/day preference – we will however endeavour to send it out around midday.

Register for 2nd annual Research Translation Faculty symposium

Members of the general public are invited to register for the symposium at the Sydney Convention Centre on 2-3 October. Further information: www.nhmrc2013.com.

Seeking more ‘Big Ideas’ from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are seeking ideas and priority actions for:

  • Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke: deadline 21 August
  • Chronic Disease or Mental Health: deadline 6 September
  • Cancer Control or Injury Prevention and Control: deadline 16 September

More information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Submit your feedback on draft NHMRC resources for health practitioners

  • Summary of evidence on Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men: a resource to support health practitioners in their discussions with men and their families.
  • Summary of information on Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) use and regulation in Australia; suggested key messages for clinicians to focus on when discussing CAM use with patients.

Further information: NHMRC public consultations webpage.

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National clinical trial research governance forum: 5 September 2013

NHMRC will be holding this forum as part of its role in implementing the Australian Government’s Clinical Trial Reform initiative. Attendees will be invited to help identify issues and actions for streamlining clinical trial research governance. All enquiries to: australianclinicaltrials@nhmrc.gov.au.

Read NHMRC’s Facts and Figures 2012 publication
This publication contains key statistics related to NHMRC’s research funding and research activity over the last ten years. Further information: NHMRC website.

View the new 8th edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes
The updated code promotes the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals used for scientific purposes. Further information: NHMRC website.

Public Consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - July 2013

Provide your feedback on PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer in Asymptomatic Men

This document provides information on the potential benefits and harms of PSA testing in asymptomatic men and assists health practitioners to discuss these issues with men and their families. See the NHMRC Public Consultation webpage for more details when the public consultation opens on 22 July.

Provide your feedback on draft complementary and alternative medicine resource

NHMRC will soon be seeking comment on a draft complementary and alternative medicine resource for clinicians and accompanying key messages document. Further information will be available on the NHMRC Public Consultation webpage when the public consultation opens on 31 July.

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

NHMRC have issued a ‘Call for Investigator Team Applications’ for the third Centre under NHMRC’s Partnership Centres for Better Health funding scheme. The call closes 5pm AEST 24 July. Further information: NHMRC website.

Seeking big ideas from Research Translation Faculty members

Steering Groups are now seeking ideas and priority actions:

  • Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus: deadline 31 July
  • Cardiovascular Disease / Stroke: deadline 21 August.

Further information: RTF website then click on the ‘Consultations’ tab.

Register for 2nd annual Research Translation Faculty symposium

Research Translation Faculty members can now register for the symposium at the Sydney Convention Centre on 2-3 October. Further information: www.nhmrc2013.com. Registrations will open to the general public on 31 July.

National clinical trial research governance forum: 5 September 2013

NHMRC will be holding this forum as part of its role in implementing the Australian Government’s Clinical Trial Reform initiative. Attendees will be invited to help identify issues and actions for streamlining clinical trial research governance. All enquiries to: australianclinicaltrials@nhmrc.gov.au.

View accompanying resources for Staying Healthy in Childcare

Posters for educators and information sheets for parents which accompany Staying Healthy: Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services (5th Edition) are now available on the NHMRC website.

Change of release day for Health Tracker

Subject to requests, Health Tracker will now be released on Monday mornings instead of Friday afternoons. 

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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - June 2013

View ‘Big Ideas for Action’ Research Translation Faculty videos

Fourteen Faculty Steering Groups have now met to start planning their ‘big idea’ and the priority action that NHMRC can implement. In coming weeks the steering groups will seek input from all Faculty members. Videos of the 22 May workshop presentations: Session 1 and Session 2. Further information: NHMRC website.

View new management of obesity guidelines

NHMRC released the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children (2013) on 31 May. Further information: NHMRC website.

Call for new Partnership Centre on Primary Care

On 13 June, NHMRC issued a ‘Call for Investigator Team Applications’ for the third Centre under NHMRC’s Partnership Centres for Better Health funding scheme. The theme of the Centre is Primary Care: System, Services and Workforce Innovation. Further information: NHMRC website.

Update on Council meeting

The Council of NHMRC met for the 196th Session today, 21 June 2013.  Council discussed a range of issues including:

  • The Australian Code of Practice for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes
  • The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
  • Guidelines for the safe restraint of children travelling in motor cars and
  • Prostate Specific Antigen Testing

Council also congratulated Professor Chris Baggoley AO, Commonwealth Medical Officer, and Professor Robyn Ward AM, Head of the NHMRC Human Genetics Advisory Committee, of their awards in the Order of Australia, announced in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours. The 197th session of Council will be held in early October 2013. 

View NHMRC research in the news

NHMRC’s homepage now features a rolling feed of news articles about the outcomes of NHMRC-funded research.

View presentations from the Mentorship Workshop

A workshop was attended by almost 30 emerging and established Indigenous researchers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Highlights included presentations from Associate Professor Noel Hayman and Professor Sandra Eades. Further information: NHMRC website.

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Recent notices

Public Consultations

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - May 2013

Read CEO statement on the Australian Government’s 2013-14 Budget

Funding for health and medical research, through the NHMRC’s Medical Research Endowment Account, has increased from $689.3 million in 2012-13 to $771.2 million in 2013-14, and is forecast to increase to $859.9 million in 2014-15.

In 2013-14, NHMRC is receiving $1.3 million additional funding for two budget measures:

  • $0.7 million for clinical trials reform in Australia; and
  • $0.6 million to develop an acute rheumatic fever vaccine.

Read the CEO’s statement on the NHMRC website.

Attend CEO talk at the ICT for Life Sciences Forum

The CEO will deliver a talk on 23 May in Melbourne about the future of health and medical research, who benefits from this work and how. Registration details: event website.

Big ideas for action from the Research Translation Faculty 

Fourteen Faculty Steering Groups will meet on Wednesday to start planning their Case for Action, comprising a ‘big idea’ and the priority ‘action’ that NHMRC can implement. In the coming months, the groups will be seeking the input of all Faculty members.

Update on Health Care Committee activities

HCC met this week and discussed:

  • NHMRC’s Research Translation Faculty
  • health literacy and shared decision making
  • clinical guidelines in Australia.

HCC also recommended two publications to the NHMRC Council for decision:

  • information on regenerative medicine (stem cell treatments) for medical practitioners and consumers considering this treatment
  • information for clinicians to help them discuss complementary and alternative medicines with their patients.

Update on Australian Health Ethics Committee activities

AHEC is currently:

  • reviewing Part B of the Ethical Guidelines on the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research
  • preparing input for a public consultation on Revisions to the Declaration of Helsinki
  • considering the broader application of the Code of Statement to human research.

Revisions are also being made to the National Statement, comprising:

  • preparations for public consultation on the inclusion of guidelines on opt-out consent into Chapter 2.3
  • finalisation of Chapter 3.4: Human Biospecimens in Laboratory Based Research
  • appraisal of the National Statement to determine whether it continues to meet the needs of users and to determine priority areas for future review.

AHEC is also determining the type of ethical guidance required for:

  • the return of results for genetic / genomics research 
  • quality improvement activities.

Update on Prevention and Community Health Committee activities

PCHC is currently:

  • developing a National Best Practice Guide for Data Access for Research
  • undertaking the drafting of a National Data Strategy
  • developing a proposed Targeted Call for Research for Obesity to address the 15-35 year cohort
  • advising on the development of an Information Document on PSA Testing for health and medical practitioners
  • considering an evidence based approach to improve mental wellbeing through positive early parenting
  • advising on numerous environmental health issues such as wind farms, fluoridation, water quality, lead and coal seam gas.

Update on Human Genetics Advisory Committee activities

The current HGAC has had four meetings since its establishment in July 2012. The main areas of focus for the committee are:

  • evidence standards to inform the translation of laboratory based genomic tests into clinical research and practice
  • direct-to-consumer genetic (DNA) testing
  • rare diseases
  • genetics advice for consumers
  • advising on need for revisions to Chapter 3.5 (Human Genetics) of the National Statement
  • developing revised consent forms for genetics / genomics research.

HGAC is expected to meet another two times before the end of the 2013 calendar year.


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NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties

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NHMRC Health Tracker - April 2013 edition

Submit your Research Translation Faculty Symposium abstract by 13 May

The second annual symposium will be held in Sydney on 2-3 October 2013. Participants will discuss models for research translation, measuring the impact of health and medical research and building capacity in research translation. You do not need to be a faculty member to submit an abstract and attend the symposium. Further information: NHMRC website.

Big ideas for action from the Research Translation Faculty

The first seven Faculty Steering Groups met on Wednesday to plan their Case for Action – a ‘big idea’ and the priority ‘action’ that NHMRC can implement. In the coming months, they will be seeking the input of all Faculty members, who should monitor the RTF website.

Have your say on the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines - Information Sheets for Water Treatment Operators by 26 April

Further information: NHMRC website.

The McKeon Review report is released

The Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research Final Report has been released. Further information: McKeon Review website (PDF, 2.55MB).

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Open Public Consultations

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved guidelines developed by third parties that have recently been released

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NHMRC Health Tracker - March 2013 edition

Minister Butler launches Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) guideline

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler launched the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder (2012) at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference last week. BPD is the most common and serious of the personality disorders and is associated with high rates of suicide and self-harm. New guideline: NHMRC website.

Evidence gaps to be identified in wind farms and human health systematic review

NHMRC’s current systematic review examining the possible impacts of wind farms on human health is looking at the direct and indirect health effect of wind turbines including audible and inaudible noise. Peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed literature is being considered, and the Wind Farms and Human Health Reference Group will also be identifying any gaps in available evidence.

Information regarding these evidence gaps will enable NHMRC to advise on future research as recommended in the Senate Committee report on the Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms. Further information: NHMRC website.

Read NHMRC CEO’s Croakey post

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson has written a post for health blog Croakey, responding to comments about the environmental appendix to the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013). Read the post: Croakey website.

Save the date: 2nd Annual NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium

The 2nd Annual Symposium of the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty will be held in Sydney on 2-3 October 2013. This multi-disciplinary event will showcase Australia’s talent and creativity across the spectrum of research translation and provide an opportunity for exchange about research translation across discipline boundaries.

The call for abstracts is now open: NHMRC website

Staying Healthy publication flying out the door

The 5th edition of Staying Healthy - Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services has been well-received by early childhood education and care services across the country. 16,375 copies have been requested since its release on 5 February 2013.

Key NHMRC research grant application dates for 2013: now online

Updated funding calendar: NHMRC website

Open Public Consultations

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved third party guidelines

Australian clinicians and policy-makers can access NHMRC approved clinical practice guidelines on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

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Health Tracker - February 2013 edition

Revised NHMRC Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013): Now online

Australia is facing an obesity epidemic. Scientific evidence shows that the reduction of healthy, nutritious food in our diet and its replacement by energy dense food of little nutritional value is a contributing factor to the rise in obesity. Health professionals working with people trying to achieve a healthy diet now have access to updated scientific evidence about the best dietary patterns for Australians of all ages. Further information is available on the Eat for Health website.

Revised NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines (2012): Now online

Prepared by experts in paediatric nutrition, nutrition research, nutrition communication, public health and primary health, these guidelines will help healthcare professionals on how best to support mothers and parents with breastfeeding or formula feeding. They also provide advice about the introduction of appropriate foods for infants from birth to approximately two years. Further information is available on the Eat for Health website.

Road Safety Workshop: Held on 21 and 22 February

NHMRC and the Australasian College of Road Safety hosted a workshop to develop a national road safety research strategy in line with the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety. The research strategy aims to provide a high quality and effective framework for efficient research, development and evaluation activities, with the longer term goal of decreasing the rate of fatalities and injuries on Australia's roads. For general enquiries, email: nhc@nhmrc.gov.au

NHMRC Ethics Award 2013: nominations close 5 pm AESDT 22 March 2013

This award recognises outstanding Australians for their contributions to high ethical standards in health and medical research or in health. Further information is available from the NHMRC website.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Targeted Call for Research (TCR): closes 10 April

FASD affects individuals across the breadth of the Australian community. However, consistent with the Australian Government’s commitment to Indigenous health through Closing the Gap, research funded under this TCR will need to be highly relevant to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Further information is available from the NHMRC website.

NHMRC approved third party guidelines

Australian clinicians and policy-makers can access NHMRC approved clinical practice guidelines on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

Ministerial launch of Staying Healthy in Childcare publication

Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care Kate Ellis launched the 5th edition of Staying healthy – Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services.  Further information and photos are available from the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

Recent CEO Speeches

Recent media releases and research notices

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Health Tracker - January 2013 edition

NHMRC Strategic Plan 2013-15: now online 

The NHMRC 2013-15 Strategic Plan is available from the NHMRC website

The Plan, which was tabled in the Parliament on 18 January 2013, includes NHMRC priorities, the major health issues identified for the 2013-15 triennium, how NHMRC will deal with those issues and a strategy for medical research and public health research. 

A video message about the Plan, from Chief Executive Officer Professor Warwick Anderson AM, will be available on NHMRC’s YouTube channel in early March 2013.

Update on progress of Dietary Guidelines and the Eat for Health Program

The launch of the Eat for Health Program, including revised dietary guidelines and companion resources is expected in early 2013. Further information available on the Eat for Health website.

NHMRC Evolutions in Peer Review Symposium: 20-21 February 2013, Canberra

NHMRC has invited the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the UK Medical Research Council, New Zealand Health Research Council and Australian partners to a two day workshop. NHMRC’s “Principles of Peer Review” and proposals to streamline NHMRC peer review will be discussed. Registration details are available on the NHMRC website.

Tenders for new NHMRC health evidence and advice panel: close 31 January 2013

NHMRC is establishing a panel of providers to help develop and present a suite of evidence-based health advice and resources. Further information available on the AusTenders website.

2013 Project Grants - citizenship waiver and new investigator eligibility ruling requests: close 23 January 2013

All requests must be submitted through the RAO to projects@nhmrc.gov.au for new investigator eligibility ruling requests or help@nhmrc.gov.au for citizenship waiver requests.

Key funding dates for 2013: now online

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC approved third party guidelines

Australian clinicians and policy-makers can access NHMRC approved clinical practice guidelines on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

Open Public Consultations

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Health Tracker - December 2012 edition

Grants Announcement

Today the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek announced the outcomes of four NHMRC funding schemes. A total of $127.9 million has been awarded to support 151 grants nationwide.

Funding Scheme Grants awarded Total value
Program Grants 14 $7.4M
Development Grants 13 $109.9M
Post-Graduate Scholarships 123 $10.6M
Infrastructure Grants 1 $0.1M

Lists of successful grant applicants are available from the NHMRC website.

Invitation to apply: membership of new Community and Consumer Advisory Group 

NHMRC invites community and consumer leaders to apply for membership of a new Community and Consumer Advisory Group which will provide timely, high level strategic advice to NHMRC on health and medical research matters from a community and consumer perspective. 

The new CCAG will bring to NHMRC a strong awareness of community and consumer issues associated with the creation and use of health and medical research and the role of research evidence in improving health.

Applications close 5pm AEDST on 22 February 2013. Further information is on the NHMRC website

NHMRC ‘Is there a role for Thermography in the early detection of breast cancer?’ position statement and FAQs: now online

These are now available on the NHMRC website.

Tenders for new NHMRC health evidence and advice panel: close 31 January 2013

NHMRC is establishing a panel of providers to help develop and present a suite of evidence-based health advice and resources. Further information is on the AusTenders website.

Update on the NHMRC Eat for Health Program

The launch of the Eat for Health Program, including the revised Australian Dietary Guidelines and companion resources is expected in early 2013, along with the revised Infant Feeding Guidelines. Further information on the Eat for Health website.

Key funding dates for 2013: now online 

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

Open Public Consultations

Recent CEO speeches

Recent media releases and research notices

NHMRC approved third party guidelines

Australian clinicians and policy-makers can access NHMRC approved clinical practice guidelines on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

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Health Tracker - November 2012 edition

Launch of Research Translation Faculty

The Faculty is a major strategic initiative for health and medical research translation in Australia. Faculty members have begun to identify and address evidence practice gaps with an initial focus on stroke, musculoskeletal disease and dementia.

Further information available on the NHMRC website.

2012 NHMRC Report to the Australian Health and Medical Research Community

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson has delivered a webcast on the 19 October announcement of $652 million in research grants. This year, there are 4,317 active NHMRC funded research grants. 58% of grants address one or more of the nine National Health Priority Areas: arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, injury, mental health and obesity.

The CEO’s PowerPoint and a video recording of the webcast are available on the NHMRC website.

Open access to NHMRC research findings

NHMRC makes a major investment in health and medical research to support its essential role in improving the wellbeing of our society. To ensure both the research community and the public derive maximum benefit from this research a revised open access policy was introduced in July.

The policy requires that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from an NHMRC-supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.

Further information available on the NHMRC website.

Update on progress of the Eat for Health Program

The draft Infant Feeding Guidelines and draft Australian Dietary Guidelines will soon be considered by the Council of NHMRC. The launch of the Eat for Health Program, including the revised guidelines and companion resources is expected in early 2013.

Further information available on the Eat for Health website.

NHMRC H5N1 Forum: Are We Prepared?

H5N1 avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds that can be spread to people. Between November 2003 and August 2012, 608 human H5N1 cases were reported to the World Health Organisation from 15 countries. 359 of those infected have died; a 60% death rate.

To determine the Asia-Pacific region’s preparedness for a H5N1 pandemic, NHMRC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation held a forum featuring leading H5N1 bird flu experts. Recent developments in H5N1 research and their implications for public health and health policy were discussed. The NHMRC Research Committee will review the outcomes of the forum.

Further information available on the NHMRC website.

Key funding dates for 2013: now online

The updated funding calendar is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC approved third party guidelines

Open public consultations

Recent CEO speeches

Recent media releases and research notices

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Health Tracker - October 2012 edition

Ministerial grants announcement: 19 October

Today the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek announced the outcomes of ten NHMRC funding schemes. A total of $652 million has been awarded to support 1,141 grants nationwide.

Funding scheme

 

Grants awarded
 

Total value
 

Project Grants

731

$457.9M

Early Career Fellowships

128

$39.1M

Practitioner Fellowships

19

$7.7M

Research Fellowships

85

$60.6M

Career Development Fellowships

62

$24.5M

Partnership Grants

7

$3.7M

Australia – European Union Collaborative Research Grants

5

$3.6M

Mental Health Targeted Call for Research Grants

13

$13.7M

Independent Research Institutes Infrastructure Support Scheme (IRIISS) Grants

27

$35.3M

Equipment Grants

43

$6M

 Lists of successful grant applicants are available from the NHMRC website.

Launch of Australian Clinical Trials website

On 11 October, the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek and the Minister for Industry and Innovation and Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet launched the Australian Clinical Trials website.

This website was developed as one of the recommendations from the report of the Clinical Trials Action Group (CTAG) and was created jointly by NHMRC and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, with input from the pharmaceutical industry, the academic sector and consumer groups.

NHMRC has now implemented the majority of recommendations from the CTAG report for which it was responsible, including:

  • producing all the tools and guidance documents required for implementation of the national approach to single ethical review
  • compiling a list of items required for clinical trials, and
  • compiling, maintaining and publicising a list of clinical trials networks.

NHMRC will continue to work with universities, medical research institutes and private hospitals to increase awareness and uptake of the national approach in these sectors.

Open public consultations

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Health Tracker - September 2012 edition

Research Translation Faculty: update

Around 2,500 researchers have now joined the Research Translation Faculty, to assist the NHMRC to improve the level of research translation in Australia.

The inaugural Research Translation Faculty Symposium will be held in Melbourne on 24 October 2012. The Symposium will formally launch the Faculty as well as address issues such as finding new approaches to research translation and solutions to reduce the gap between research and practice.

Speakers include Professor Larry Green; Professor Russell Gruen, Director of the National Trauma Research Institute; and Professor Sally Green, Director of the Australasian Cochrane Centre.

Since registrations to the Symposium opened on Tuesday, approximately 400 researchers have already registered their interest in attending. Given the large number of members who have joined the Faculty, and with only limited places available, Faculty Members are encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

More information is available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Clinical Practice Points on managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children and adolescents: now online

This document provides guidance to health professionals to appropriately assess, diagnose and manage ADHD symptoms in children and young people.

The ADHD Clinical Practice Points are now available on the NHMRC website.

H5N1: are we prepared? forum in Canberra, 1 November 2012

Together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NHMRC will host a forum titled H5N1: are we prepared? This will be an opportunity to discuss recent developments in H5N1 research, the implications for public health and health policy, and for Asia-Pacific region preparedness. International H5N1 researchers Professors Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Derek Smith will speak at the forum.

Spaces are limited. Event and registration information available on the NHMRC website.

Outcomes of NHMRC workshop on alcohol-related data

In March 2012, NHMRC hosted a workshop on the sources, quality and availability of alcohol-related data across Australia. Academics, government officials and experts discussed this topic and explored ways of facilitating access to this data.

The outcomes of the workshop are outlined in the workshop report which is now available on the NHMRC website.

Public consultation on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing documents: opening 2 October 2012

NHMRC will be undertaking public consultation on Assessing the direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing results of your patient – a quick guide for general practitioners. 

The consultation period closes 9 November 2012, with more information to become available on the NHMRC public consultations website nearer the date.

Updated NHMRC Funding Statistics: now online

NHMRC has updated statistics about its funding schemes and activities to include the 2011 funding round (grants starting in 2012). This data is correct as of August 2012.

This information has also been collated in a powerpoint presentation, which was delivered at the “Philanthropy in Health & Medical Research Conference 2012” by NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson. This presentation is available on the NHMRC website.

Australian research leaders impart lessons to TRIP Fellows: videos now online

As a part of the NHMRC TRIP Fellows leadership training, a one-day masterclass was held in the NHMRC Melbourne office. Leading researchers, Professor Fiona Wood AM, Professor Patrick McGorry AO and Professor Cindy Shannon imparted their experiences of leading change and translating research into practice.

Videos of the presentations are now available on the NHMRC website.

Videos of Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012 launch: now online

Watch a Q&A session featuring eight of the ten featured researchers, the Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek, and NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson.

Videos are available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC review of the potential health effects of wind turbines: call for literature

NHMRC will be commissioning a systematic review of the scientific literature to examine the possible impacts of wind farms on human health. Interested individuals and organisations are invited to submit non peer-reviewed (‘grey’) literature for consideration in the systematic review. 

The NHMRC website explains how to submit literature for consideration by the review, including:

  • the inclusion / exclusion criteria for literature; and
  • a catalogue of literature that NHMRC already possesses.

Submissions close 5pm AEST on 28 September 2012.

Open Public Consultations

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Health Tracker – August 2012 edition

Launch of Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012

Today, Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, launched NHMRC’s flagship publication, Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012 at Sydney Secondary College (SSC) Blackwattle Bay campus.

The students at SSC were treated to a Q&A session with eight of the ten featured researchers on the panel, along with the Minister.

The Ten of the Best publication will be available on the NHMRC website from 18 August. Videos and photos from the event will available soon.

Ministerial announcement: Council and Principal Committee appointments 

On 2 August 2012, Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, welcomed the new Chair of Council, Justice Annabelle Bennett AO and the other new appointments to Council and the Principal Committees for the 2012-15 Triennium.

Justice Bennett has a record of service to the Australian community, through the Federal Court, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and her roles as an arbitrator and her work with universities and non-government organisations.

Further information on the NHMRC Council and Principal Committees for 2012-15 is available on the NHMRC website.

Homeopathy Working Committee membership now online 

A Homeopathy Working Committee (HWC) has been established to review evidence and consider the effectiveness of homeopathy practice and preparations. The HWC membership consists of researchers with experience in evidence-based medicine and in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. 

The Terms of Reference and membership of HWC is now available on the NHMRC website.

Information about how applicants will be informed about their individual application will be provided by the NHMRC nearer the date.

Infection prevention and control resources for residential aged care and community aged care settings

Care workers and the people they care for in residential aged care or community aged care will soon have new resources providing advice on how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. They are based on the NHMRC Australian Guidelines for the prevention and control of infection in healthcare (2010).

The resources include: 

  • Mini guide: advice for care workers on how to implement key infection prevention and control principles. 
  • Posters: advice on hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette for everyone living in, working in or visiting residential aged care homes.
  • Pamphlets: advice on how to limit the spread of disease at home for those receiving aged care services in the community, their carers and families.  

The resources were noted by NHMRC Council and are expected to be released by the NHMRC CEO for use by the Department of Health and Ageing by the end of 2012.

Update on progress of the Eat for Health Program

The draft Infant Feeding Guidelines and draft Australian Dietary Guidelines have recently undergone expert review and will be considered by the Council of NHMRC later in 2012. The launch of the Eat for Health Program, including the revised guidelines and companion resources is expected towards the end of 2012.

More information on the Eat for Health Program can be found on the Eat for Health website.

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Health Tracker - July 2012 edition

Grant Review Panels (GRP) start in August

Independent peer review by GRP members ensures that Australian Government funding is awarded to the highest quality health and medical research. This year, NHMRC received 3727 Project Grant applications. To date, NHMRC has coordinated distribution of approximately 7,500 external assessments and worked with more than 470 members from 36 panels. 

The next phase involves six weeks of reviewing eligible grant applications. Each application will be assessed on its scientific quality (50%), significance and / or innovation (25%) and on the track record of the applicant(s), relative to opportunity (25%). Funding announcements are expected to be made in October. 

New NHMRC policy: conflict of interest

A new NHMRC policy on the identification and management of conflicts of interest in guideline development will become effective on 1 August 2012. The policy and FAQs are available on the NHMRC website.

New Tripartite Agreement in Indigenous Health 

Recently the NHMRC, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Health Research Council of New Zealand has finalised a new Tripartite Agreement in Indigenous health. 

The agreement represents a commitment to leverage funding opportunities and to share information and expertise. It will also enable links between the parties, researchers and trainees to conduct translational and implementable Indigenous health research.

Guidelines for the management of absolute cardiovascular disease risk: now available 

This NHMRC-approved third party clinical guideline can be found on the Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal.

Staying Healthy in Child Care 5th edition: update 

The much anticipated NHMRC 5th edition of Staying healthy – Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services will be released in the coming months.

The 5th edition will focus on key infection prevention and control principles including the spread of infection in early childhood education.

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Health Tracker - June 2012 edition

New NHMRC policy: Guideline Development and Conflicts of Interest 

The Guideline Development and Conflicts of Interest: Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest of Prospective Members and Members of NHMRC Committees and Working Groups Developing Guidelines will soon be available on the NHMRC website.

NHMRC promotes high ethical standards and requires both internal and external guideline developers seeking NHMRC approval to disclose conflicts of interest (COI). Three key aspects of the ground-breaking policy on guideline development are:

  • the need for clarity and transparency in disclosing and managing COI,
  • balancing the benefit of having persons with expertise against the risks of their interests biasing a process, and
  • guidance on the disclosure of non-financial interests, institutional interest and financial interests.

New NHMRC Wind Farms and Human Health Reference Group 

NHMRC has established this reference group for the systematic review of scientific literature on the potential health effects of wind farms. The reference group will have a key role in considering the outcomes of the review to inform the update of the NHMRC Public Statement: Wind Turbines and Health.

Membership of the group and declared interests are now available on the NHMRC website.

HoMER National Certification Scheme: next round opening 2 July 

Since the start of the National Certification Scheme in 2010, NHMRC has assessed the ethical review processes of 41 institutions as meeting the high certification benchmark.

Staff of Universities and private sector institutions are strongly encouraged to use this new opportunity for ethical review of multi-centre research proposals.

More information is available on the Human Research Ethics Portal.

Update on progress of draft revised Australian Dietary Guidelines 

These guidelines are being revised following recent consideration of more than 200 submissions received during public consultation. The draft is currently undergoing expert review and it is anticipated that the Council of NHMRC will consider the final revised guidelines in the second half of 2012.

Submissions not marked confidential by their authors are now available on the NHMRC public consultations website.

More information on the Australian Dietary Guidelines can be found at the Eat for Health website.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Cause of Death Unit Record Files data: now available 

Recent developments have enabled the AIHW to update the National Mortality Database and the National Death Index.

AIHW’s statement on this matter is published on the NHMRC website.

Transcript of speech by 2012 Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Medal winner: now available 

Dr Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, was the 2012 ASMR Medal winner. The transcript of his speech is now available on the ASMR website (PDF).

NHMRC / Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases funding announcement 

The Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) has announced funding for research projects on hypertension prevention and control in low and middle income countries. NHMRC will provide funding of $5 million over three years for five research projects in India, Fiji and Samoa. These are:

  • Professor Bruce Neal, Developing a national salt reduction program for India.
  • Professor Anushka Patel, Improving blood pressure control using a simplified treatment strategy including a three-in-one blood pressure lowering pill in Indian patients.
  • Dr David Peiris, A smartphone-based clinical decision support system for primary health care workers in rural India.
  • Professor Amanda Thrift, Improving the control of hypertension in rural India: Overcoming the barriers to diagnosis and effective treatment.
  • Dr Jacqui Webster, Cost effectiveness of salt reduction interventions in Pacific Islands.

The GACD collaboration aims to find regionally appropriate solutions to these problems. This work forms part of the GACD’s greater effort to address the growing global epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases.

For more information about the projects, visit the NHMRC website.

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Health Tracker – May 2012 edition

Australian Society for Medical Research’s (ASMR) Research Week: 1 – 8 June

Across Australia, ASMR is running a series of networking opportunities to promote the benefits of health and medical research to the Australian public.

NHMRC supports ASMR’s Research Week to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas between different disciplines and to advocate scientific endeavour.

Further information on ASMR’s Research Week is available from the ASMR website.

Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) Clinical Trials Research Summit: 18 May 2012

The aim of the MJA Clinical Summit is to identify improvements to systems and structural support for clinical trials groups. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson’s talk at the summit is available from the NHMRC website.

The summit program is available on the MJA website (PDF, 1.81MB).

Guideline Developers Network: next meeting 24 May, Melbourne

Places at the workshop are limited. Please email clinicalguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

Infection prevention and control resources for residential aged care and community care

NHMRC has drafted a pocket book and poster providing advice on infection prevention and control for residential and community aged care settings.  These are currently being pilot tested in ACT, NSW, WA and NT. 

NHMRC Council will advise on the final resources later in 2012.

Clinical Practice Guidelines:  Management of overweight and obesity in adults, children and adolescents / Management of borderline personality disorder

Public consultation for these two draft guidelines has now closed. The guideline committees will now consider the feedback received from submissions, before the guidelines are reviewed by independent expert reviewers and submitted to NHMRC Council for advice.

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Health Tracker – April 2012 edition

NHMRC’s submission to Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia: now online

Submissions closed on 30 March, with over 300 submissions received. To read NHMRC’s submission, visit the NHMRC website.

Public consultations schedule: Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

The review panel is currently conducting public consultations in all capital cities. This is an important opportunity for all members of the health and medical research sector to present their views to the Review, which will report to the Australian Government at the end of 2012.

Further information is on the NHMRC website.

Draft Clinical Practice Guidelines open for public consultation

  • Management of overweight and obesity in adults, children and adolescents – closing 30 April
  • Management of borderline personality disorder – closing 14 May

Both guidelines are available from the NHMRC’s Public Consultations website.

Guideline Developers Network: next meeting 24 May, Melbourne

Places at the workshop are limited. Please email clinicalguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

NHMRC Research Translation Faculties

NHMRC will soon be inviting its funded researchers to join Clinical Research Translation and Population Health Research Translation Faculties.

This is also advance notice of the Inaugural NHMRC Clinical Research Translation Symposium to be held in Melbourne on 24 October 2012. This will be followed by a Population Health Research Translation Symposium in 2013.

More information on all of these activities will be made available shortly.

NHMRC’s progress on report recommendations by Clinical Trials Action Group

Further information is on the NHMRC Human Research Ethics Portal.

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