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December 2007

NHMRC awards outstanding achievers in health and medical research

Sixteen outstanding achievers have been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for their significant contributions to health and medical research. Innovation, leadership, and considerable scientific research were recognised by Australia’s peak body for health and medical research at an inaugural event in Canberra. Announced by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, the awards included acknowledgements to Prof Iain McGregor for studies on the long...

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October 2007

Thanks

Canberrans had the opportunity to say thank you to the country’s 15,000 health and medical researchers today (October 31) at Research Australia’s Thank You Day. Some of Australia’s leading health professionals gathered at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU to celebrate the contribution of health and medical research in Australia. CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council, Professor Warwick Anderson, launched a new book—Great minds in Australian research,...

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NHMRC releases revised draft—Australian alcohol guidelines for low-risk drinking

“The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have today released a revised draft of the Australian alcohol guidelines for low-risk drinking,” NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said. “We are inviting comment from a wide range of groups and individuals—including health professionals, community groups, professional and educational organisations, policy makers, the general public and those businesses responsible for providing alcohol. “The revised guidelines are designed to...

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September 2007

2008 Medical Research Grants

I am pleased to announce today grants worth $560 million for health and medical research to more than 50 universities and research institutes. These successful grants are the outcome of the major funding round for the Australian Government’s 2008 National Health and Medical Research grants. The grants will fund research in a wide variety of medical research areas, including heart disease, obesity, cancer, child health, depression and chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. Australia...

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NHMRC-funded trial shows blood pressure drugs can cut diabetes deaths.

NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson today congratulated the George Institute for International Health (Sydney) on the success of a worldwide clinical trial showing that a combination of blood-pressure-lowering drugs can cut deaths from complications of type 2 diabetes by almost one-fifth. ‘The NHMRC awarded over $230,000 in research funds to this world-leading project, and it is very satisfying to see it yield such significant results’, Professor Anderson said. The results of the trial, led...

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August 2007

New code on responsible research practices and handling misconduct

Integrity in research, meeting community expectations, and handling allegations of misconduct are the focus of a new national code released today by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia. The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research advocates and describes best practice in research for researchers and institutions, as well as setting out a framework for handling breaches of the Code. While...

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More Than $200,000 In Palliative Care Research Grants For SA

Research into end of life and palliative care practices will be supported by two National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants announced today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Brett Mason. “The Australian Government is committed to health and medical research, and to improving palliative care,” Senator Mason said at Flinders University. “In fact the Australian Government has allocated almost $300 million over seven years to support...

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NHMRC apologises for administrative error in grants process

The National Health and Medical Research Council today confirmed that an administrative error had occurred in its 2007 project grants review process that had inadvertently revealed the identity of some reviewers. The error arose from failure to implement an established process that ‘wipes’ background data embedded in a review document that could be used to identify the reviewer. ‘A comprehensive audit of all 2500 grant applications is now under way to determine the full...

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$36 million for Australia’s medical researchers

The Commonwealth Government’s $36 million Australia Fellowships, through the National Health and Medical Research Council, have been awarded to researchers in cancer, infectious diseases and mental health. Each recipient is highly regarded in their field. Each Fellowship is valued at $4 million ($800,000 per year for 5 years). The recipients are: The fight against cancer: Professor Doug Hilton from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Professor Hilton is a pioneering...

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July 2007

$1.1 Million for Palliative Care Research in NSW

Research into end of life and palliative care practices will be supported by six National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants announced today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Brett Mason. “The Australian Government is committed to health and medical research, and to improving palliative care,” Senator Mason said at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. “We understand that this unique form of health care must be integrated into our medical...

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$1.1 Million for Palliative Care Research in Victoria

Research into improving health issues associated with end-of-life and palliative care practices will be supported by seven National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants announced today at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Brett Mason. “The Australian Government is committed to health and medical research, and to improving palliative care,” Senator Mason said. “We understand that this unique form of...

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Australian scientists awarded $2.3 million for international research

More than $2.3 million over 3 years has been awarded to seven of Australia’s leading health and medical researchers under the prestigious international Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP). Announcing the results of the latest HFSP round, National Health and Medical Research Council CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, said that the awards provide valuable opportunities for Australian researchers to work in multidisciplinary teams at the international forefront of research. Since HFSP began in...

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June 2007

New guidelines for communicating end-of-life issues

Australian health practitioners now have new guidelines to help them discuss end-of-life issues with palliative care patients and their families. Clinical practice guidelines for communicating prognosis and end-of-life issues with adults in the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness, and their caregivers was launched today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Brett Mason, at Parliament House, Canberra. The document was developed by a team from...

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Disease Expert Wins Health Minister's Award for Excellence

Professor Jamie Rossjohn from Monash University has been awarded the 2007 Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research. The medal and $50,000 prize is awarded each year to an outstanding Australian health and medical researcher during Medical Research Week. Professor Rossjohn is one of Australia’s eminent infectious disease experts. He is investigating the molecular basis of diseases such as listeria, streptococcus and tuberculosis and has published...

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NHMRC Ethics Report

The Commonwealth Government has released a report on ethical issues arising from consideration of health and medical research involving humans by Human Research Ethics Committees. In Australia, all health and medical research projects involving humans must be approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee. Of the 230 committees across the nation, most are based in universities and hospitals. In considering research proposals, Human Research Ethics Committees refer to the guidance developed...

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Researchers Awarded Healthy Start to Life Grants

The Commonwealth Government has awarded more than $6.2 million to Australian researchers to research a range of environmental and hereditary factors that have the potential to affect the health of Australian children. The seven research projects will be funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council’s A Healthy Start to Life for All Australians Strategic Awards and will focus on early detection and prevention of children’s health problems. Murdoch Children’s Research...

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National Ethical Guidelines on Organ and Tissue Donation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today publicly released the National Ethical Guidelines on Organ and Tissue Donation. The guidelines have been developed by the NHMRC’s Australian Health Ethics Committee. They include companion documents for community use and for use by counsellors, as well as extensive ethical guidelines for health professionals. They are intended as a resource to assist hospital administrators and health professionals working in the organ...

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May 2007

Mapping of cardiac rehabilitation services for Indigenous Australians

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a cardiac geographic information system CD-ROM that not only locates cardiac rehabilitation services for Indigenous Australians across Australia, but also aids understanding of the distribution of cardiac illness in local areas. The CD-ROM can be used in conjunction with Strengthening Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, a practical guide for health...

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Australian Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Guidelines Launched

Australian health practitioners now have their own guidelines to help people with posttraumatic mental health problems. The Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (ASD and PTSD) were launched today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, at Parliament House, Canberra. The guidelines were developed by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH), and have been approved by the National...

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NHMRC nutritional needs website now live

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a new interactive user-friendly website that allows health professionals to quickly and easily determine nutritional needs without having to consult complex tables for every nutrient. Users will also have access to recommendations, based on scientific evidence, about how to optimise what to eat in order to reduce the risk of chronic disease. The site, available at www.nrv.gov.au, is based on the nation’s most authoritative...

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NHMRC says link between HIV and AIDS ‘overwhelming’

Australia’s peak medical research and advice body, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), has spoken out strongly today in support of the link between the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The comments come in light of a recent Supreme Court of South Australia case, where a man who was HIV-positive appealed against a conviction on three counts of endangering life. The man had unprotected sex with three women but failed to tell...

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February 2007

Australian medical researchers join top-ranking European research groups

Internationally renowned Australian researchers working in the areas of malaria, gene mapping, musculoskeletal disorders and microbiology have been awarded $1.8 million by the National Health and Medical Research Council to join forces with leading research teams from the European Union (EU). These collaborations represent an ongoing strategic investment by the Commonwealth Government to ensure that Australians remain at the forefront of international advances in health and medical research,...

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Health of mothers and babies are the focus of the NHMRC review of Australian Alcohol Guidelines

Ensuring the health of pregnant women and their children would form an important part of a new review of the national guidelines on alcohol consumption, the Assistant Minister for Health and Ageing, Christopher Pyne, said today. “It is important that we do all we can to reduce the risk of children being born with foetal alcohol syndrome,” Mr Pyne said. “Children with this condition can be born with heart defects, developmental problems and a low birth weight. As adults they can experience...

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January 2007

ARC and NHMRC encourage access to research findings

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today called on researchers to make the results of research funded by the Australian Government publicly available, whenever possible and appropriate. The ARC and NHMRC Chief Executive Officers are keen to ensure that research findings are available to other researchers and to the community. “The Australian Government makes a major annual investment in research to support its essential role...

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NHMRC alliance enhances research on heart disease and cerebral palsy

Australia’s brightest young researchers working in the areas of cardiovascular disease and cerebral palsy have been awarded co-funding through a unique alliance announced today by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The NHMRC, the National Heart Foundation of Australia (NHFA) and the Cerebral Palsy (CP) Foundation will support 15 co-funded Fellowships and Scholarships worth over $1.5 million to commence in 2007. NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, said his organisation...

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$60 Million for Medical Researchers

Research into the risk of foetal alcohol disorder and a new test to identify women most at risk of pre-term labour as well as research into osteoporosis fractures of people aged over sixty are among National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by the Commonwealth Government. Over $60 million will fund 326 grants awarded to Universities and research institutes across the country to enable Australia’s best and brightest health and medical researchers to continue their...

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