Skip to content Skip to global navigation Skip to main navigation Skip to sub navigation Skip to search
NHMRC

Media releases

View by year: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

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...

See full media release...

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,...

See full media release...

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...

See full media release...

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...

See full media release...

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...

See full media release...

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...

See full media release...

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”,...

See full media release...

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...

See full media release...

$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....

See full media release...

$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...

See full media release...