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December 2009

New privacy guidelines for health practitioners on disclosing genetic information

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in cooperation with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC), today released new guidelines to assist health practitioners in making decisions about disclosing genetic information to their patient’s genetic relatives. In 2003, a joint inquiry by the Australian Health Ethics Committee and the Australian Law Reform Commission led to an amendment of the Privacy Act regarding the disclosure of genetic information by health...

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Leading minds brought together to tackle H1N1 (swine flu) influenza

Federal and state medical authorities today acknowledged the enormous benefits of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) H1N1 workshop, held in Canberra this week. The workshop, which brought together leading Australian researchers and scientists, public health experts and the Chief Medical Officers from around Australia for two days, was the culmination of months of research effort being put into fighting the pandemic. NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson AM,...

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Improving stroke management in Australian emergency departments

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a stroke care package designed to improve care for people presenting to the emergency department with acute stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA). Stroke is Australia’s second single greatest killer after coronary heart disease and is a leading cause of disability. There are approximately 60 000 new and recurrent strokes in Australia each year, that’s one stroke every 10 minutes. This number will...

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Clinical trials involving animal to human transplantation

Archive – For reference purposes only The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today announced that clinical trials involving animal to human transplantation (xenotransplantation) would be allowed to proceed, when stringent regulatory and surveillance frameworks have been put in place. NHMRC Chairman, Professor Michael Good AO, said the Council, in making its recommendation, had noted the developments in science and technology since 2004, in particular evidence relating to...

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Cutting hospital deaths by preventing blood clots

Australians at risk of potentially fatal blood clots will benefit from NHMRC’s new Australian Guideline for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). These evidence-based guidelines developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provide recommendations on prevention of VTE for adult patients admitted to Australian hospitals. Thirty thousand people are hospitalised each year in Australia due to VTE.  Approximately 2,000 Australians die each year from VTE...

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November 2009

Powerful World Alliance of Health Researchers Announces Landmark Pact on Priorities In Fight Against Humanity’s Most Fatal Diseases

NHMRC is a charter member of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, an international collaboration between national health agencies intended to coordinate action against the greatest health challenges facing the world's people. Powerful World Alliance of Health Researchers Announces Landmark Pact on Priorities In Fight Against Humanity’s Most Fatal Diseases Agencies managing 80 percent of global public health research funding set first priorities for common, concerted efforts...

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New appointment strengthens NHMRC's public health focus

NHMRC today announced the appointment of renowned public health expert Professor John McCallum as Senior Scientist Public Health, heading up the Health Evidence and Advice Branch. Public health plays an increasingly important role in NHMRC’s plans to improve Australia’s health through research and this appointment reflects this strengthened priority. The appointment follows on from recommendations in the “Review of Public Health Research Funding in Australia”,...

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October 2009

$1.6 million for health and medical research funding for University of Wollongong

The Australian Government is providing $1.6 million in new health and medical research funding to the University of Wollongong.  The funding, part of a $500 million government investment into the future health and wellbeing of all Australians, will be provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC is the Commonwealth’s Government’s peak funding body for health and medical research. It selects projects for funding from among a large number of...

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$8.65 million for health and medical research funding for University of Newcastle

The Australian Government is providing $8.65 million in new health and medical research funding to the University of Newcastle. The funding, part of a $500 million government investment into the future health and wellbeing of all Australians, will be provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC is the Commonwealth Government’s peak funding body for health and medical research. It selects projects for funding from among a large number of applications....

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$2.45 million for health and medical research funding for James Cook University

The Australian Government is providing $2.45 million  in new health and medical research funding to the James Cook University in Cairns and Townsville.  The funding, part of a $500 million government investment into the future health and wellbeing of all Australians, will be provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC is the Commonwealth Government’s peak funding body for health and medical research. It selects projects for funding from among a...

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$896,000 for health and medical research funding for Central Queensland University

The Rudd Government is providing $896,350 in new health and medical research funding to the Central Queensland University. The funding, part of a $500 million government investment into the future health and wellbeing of all Australians, will be provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council. NHMRC is the Commonwealth Government’s peak funding body for health and medical research. It selects projects for funding from among a large number of applications. This...

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$500 million boost to health and medical research

The Rudd Government today announced $487 million funding to boost the nation’s health and medical research effort. This is in addition to $21 million announced by the Prime Minister and during a recent visit to Tasmania, taking the total to $508 million. The $487 million funding announced today will be provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia’s peak funding body for health and medical research. It includes: 675 Project Grants,...

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$21M for new better health grants

The Rudd Government will provide $21 million for the first ever nationwide Partnership for Better Health Grants. Partnerships for Better Health Grants will help researchers to work directly with health organisations so that research results can be better tailored to real world situations. These new types of grants will help ensure the outcomes of research can be applied immediately to health care practice and policy, helping governments and communities that are seeking to implement effective,...

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Strong support for H1N109 swine flu vaccination program

NHMRC has endorsed the Australian Government’s immunisation plan to offer free pandemic vaccination (swine flu) to all Australians ten years and over. The H1N109 vaccine has proven to be safe and effective. The newly appointed Council is meeting for the first time over 1st-2nd October in Canberra, and comprises Australia’s leading experts in health and medicine.  It includes the Commonwealth, State and Territory Health officers who have been at the forefront of the response to...

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Commitment to develop NHMRC principles on Conflict of Interest

Australia has a high standard of ethical conduct in the provision of health services. To ensure this is maintained, the new NHMRC Council has today agreed to develop a set of principles for the management of conflict of financial and other interest for health practitioners. CEO of NHMRC, Warwick Anderson, said that the draft principles would be considered at the next National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in December. "NHMRC is dedicated to upholding the highest standards for...

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NHMRC supports Mental Health Week

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recognises the significance of Mental Health Week in raising the profile of mental health and wellbeing for all Australians. As part of our ongoing commitment we will provide research funding of approximately $68 million in 2009 for mental health issues. In 2008, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare said statistics show that in 2003 mental illnesses were among the ten leading causes of disease burden in Australia,...

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Aussie research wins $25M of US funds

Australian researchers have attracted over $25 million from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health of the United States, for a trial of low-dose aspirin in people aged 70 and over. The ASPREE – ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly – project will be led by Professor John McNeil of Monash University in Australia and Professor Richard Grimm of the Berman Center for Outcomes & Clinical Research in the USA. 19,000 healthy men and women in the...

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September 2009

NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee Appointed

The Australian Government has appointed the National Health and Medical Research Council Embryo Research Licensing Committee for the 2009-2012 triennium. The NHMRC Licensing Committee considers applications for licences to conduct research involving human embryos, determines whether or not to issue those licences and, if issued, whether conditions should apply. It also monitors licensed activities and ensures compliance with legislation through the appointment of inspectors and by taking...

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2009-2012 Human Genetics Advisory Committee appointed

The Australian Government today announced the appointment of the Human Genetics Advisory Committee (HGAC) of the National Health and Medical Research Council to provide national leadership in responding to developments in human genetics. The Human Genetics Advisory Committee has a continuing role in providing expert advice to government on current and emerging issues in human genetics and related technologies, particularly the expected impacts on human health and healthcare. In NHMRC’s...

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Australian Health Ethics Committee appointed

The Australian Government today announced the appointment of new members to the prestigious Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC) – a Principal Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Committee’s role is to set and maintain standards of ethical conduct in health and medical research. In doing so AHEC meets the dual objectives of encouraging new research and technologies while taking into account ethical considerations on behalf of the community. AHEC...

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NHMRC Research Committee announced

The Australian Government today announced the membership of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Research Committee for 2009-2012. The Research Committee’s major role is to advise and make recommendations on research grant applications and funding. The Government allocated more than $700 million in the 2009 Budget to fund health and medical research projects, programs, scholarships, fellowships and infrastructure support. The Research Committee plays a vital role in...

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New NHMRC Prevention and Community Health Committee

The Australian Government today announced the establishment and membership of a new Principal Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council – the Prevention and Community Health Committee (PCHC). The Committee’s major role is to provide NHMRC’s CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, with advice on issues in community and public health, as well as prevention of illness. PCHC will provide expert advice on promoting and maintaining good health and wellbeing, including...

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New NHMRC Health Care Committee announced

The Australian Government today announced the establishment and membership of a new Principal Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council – the Health Care Committee. The Health Care Committee’s major role is to provide NHMRC’s CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson, with advice on applying the results of the best available research to health care in hospitals, surgeries and clinics. It will provide expert advice on evidence and knowledge transfer to improve...

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New National Health and Medical Research Council appointed

The Australian Government today announced the appointment of the new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for 2009-2012. NHMRC is the government’s peak body for funding health and medical research in Australia, funding over $718m in research in 2009.  The new Council will serve to 30 June 2012 and will be chaired by Professor Michael Good, who has been appointed for a second term. Professor Good is Director of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. He has...

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August 2009

Top researchers to inspire students

Smart bombing cancer, fighting malaria at the frontline, and making type 1 diabetes history are just some of the exciting Australian research projects highlighted in the National Health and Medical Research Council’s 10 of the Best Research Projects 2009 launched today by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, the Hon Mark Butler MP, as part of CSIRO’s National Science Week activities. Media release (Parliamentary Secretary for Health, the Hon Mark Butler MP's website)

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Helping to keep your child safe from lead

The National Health and Medical Research Council today released a new public statement on blood lead levels, with practical ways to help keep children safe from lead exposure. The NHMRC 2009 Blood Lead Levels for Australians public statement and in-depth information for practioners and policy makers recommends: all Australians should have a blood lead level below 10 µg/dL (micrograms per decilitre – 100ml), children’s exposure to lead should be minimised, and...

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July 2009

H1N1 medical research projects fast-tracked

Today approval and funding was given to 41 Australian medical research projects that will help ensure the Australian Government’s response to the evolving threat of H1N1 is based on the most up-to-date information available. The research will help the Government tailor its response to the spread and nature of the disease, and better equip the Government to help those most at risk from the disease. $7 million has been provided for these projects from the Government’s peak health and medical...

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June 2009

Health is at hand for all Australians

Newborn babies, Indigenous Australians and people with sleep problems are among the beneficiaries of a raft of new medical research projects that have received funding from the Australian Government. The National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded grants of up to $2.5 million each for six new Centres for Clinical Research Excellence (CCREs) to carry out high-quality clinical research. This research is expected to lead directly to improved treatment for patients attending medical...

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NHMRC releases draft Protocol for Donation after Cardiac Death for public consultation

The first nationally consistent protocol in Australia for Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) has been released today as a draft for public consultation by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The draft protocol was developed by the NHMRC’s National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS), on behalf of the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority (AOTDTA), to support a process that respects the rights of the patient and considers ethical, legal and...

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Support to help medical research happen

Twenty five independent health and medical research institutes across Australia are about to receive up to $31 million to support their essential work. The grants, made through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Independent Research Institute Infrastructure Support Scheme, support the indirect costs of maintaining internationally competitive research. Funds will be used to provide non–capital support services such as laboratory staff, libraries, computer services and...

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