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December 2010

NHMRC Fellowship recognises contribution of Australian Icon: Emeritus Professor Frank Fenner AC CMG MBE

The enormous achievements of Emeritus Professor Frank Fenner will be commemorated by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellowship in honour of the pioneering researcher. “The NHMRC’s Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship recognises Professor Fenner’s outstanding contribution to health and medical research in Australia during a distinguished career” Mr Butler said. “This fellowship will be awarded to Early Career Fellows, identified through the...

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Targeting High Blood Pressure: Combating Global Chronic Non-Communicable Disease

A new call for research from the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (the Alliance) will investigate how to implement programs to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke in low and middle-income settings.  It has been estimated that almost a billion people world-wide have high blood pressure, with two-thirds of these living in developing countries.This pandemic is occurring despite the progress that people have made in preventing and treating hypertension and the chronic diseases that...

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NHMRC Excellence Awards Demonstrate Australia's Strength in Health and Medical Research

The calibre and depth of health and medical research in Australia was demonstrated last night at the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Excellence Awards in Canberra.  Australia’s peak body for health and medical research presented the awards to recognise the scientific merit, innovation and the research success of 10 of Australia’s leading health and medical researchers. “The NHMRC established these Excellence Awards to recognise and reward...

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Impacts of Climate Change on Health - Research Funding

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has announced funding for three climate change adaptation and health research projects under the Health Challenges of Climate Change special initiative. The initiative has now seen a total of $1.9 million allocated to research to better understand the health related impacts of climate change. The projects funded under the initiative are jointly funded by the Australian Government’s peak health and medical research funding...

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Glaucoma Guidelines to Improve Eye Care across the Country

Guidelines on the treatment of glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, were released on 21 November 2010 at the 42nd Annual Scientific Congress of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in Adelaide. The Guidelines for the Screening, Prognosis, Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Glaucoma (the Guidelines) provide information for eye specialists, opticians, GPs and other health workers on the best options for preventing and treating...

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November 2010

$125.7 Million to Support 296 of Australia's Top Health and Medical Researchers

Dementia care and mental health treatments are two areas that will benefit from an injection of $125.7 million into health and medical research, announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. Two hundred and ninety six researchers across Australia have been awarded National Health and Medical Research Council awards and fellowships that will enable them to develop their research careers. “When researchers are given an opportunity to develop their research careers...

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Victoria Wins $265.6 Million in Grants for Health and Medical Research

Fifty three million dollars of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Ageing, will enable 120 Victorian researchers to continue their essential work. This funding adds to the $211.9 million announced by Mr Butler last week, for Victorian NHMRC Project, IRIISS and Equipment Grants, totalling $265.6 million. “Victoria has continued its position as Australia’s predominant state for health and medical research, winning...

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South Australia Wins $43.2 Million in Grants for Health and Medical Research

Over nine million dollars of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Ageing, will enable 24 South Australian researchers to continue their important work. This funding adds to the $33.6 million announced by Mr Butler last week, for South Australian NHMRC Project, IRIISS and Equipment Grants, totalling $43.2 million. “Today’s announcement of $9.6 million of fellowships for successful researchers will enable these...

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Queensland Wins $73.8 Million in Grants for Health and Medical Research

Over seventeen million dollars of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Ageing, will enable 39 Queensland researchers to continue their essential work. This funding adds to the $56.1 million announced by Mr Butler last week, for Queensland NHMRC Project, IRIISS and Equipment Grants, totalling $73.8 million. “Today’s announcement of $17.7 million of fellowships for successful researchers will enable these...

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NSW Wins $140.9 Million in Grants for Health and Medical Research

Over thirty two million dollars of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Ageing, will enable 84 NSW researchers to continue their essential work. This funding adds to the $108.4 million announced by Mr Butler last week, for NSW NHMRC Project, IRIISS and Equipment Grants, totalling $140.9 million. “Today’s announcement of $32.5 million of fellowships for successful researchers will enable these researchers to...

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ACT Wins $11.9 Million in Grants for Health and Medical Research

Over one million dollars of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Ageing, will enable four ACT researchers to continue their essential work. This funding adds to the $10.22 million announced by Mr Butler last week, for ACT NHMRC Project, IRIISS and Equipment Grants, totalling $11.9 million. “Today’s announcement of $1.64 million of fellowships for successful researchers will enable these researchers to...

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Tasmania Wins $3.7 Million in Grants for Health and Medical Research

Over one million dollars of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Ageing, will enable three Tasmanian researchers to continue their important work. This funding adds to the $2.4 million announced by Mr Butler last week, for Tasmanian NHMRC Project, IRIISS and Equipment Grants, totalling $3.7 million. “Today’s announcement of $1.3 million of fellowships for successful researchers will enable these researchers to...

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Western Australia Wins $31.5 Million for Health and Medical Research

Over eight million dollars of National Health and Medical Research Council grants announced today by Mark Butler, Minister for Health and Ageing, will enable 17 Western Australian researchers to continue their important work. This funding adds to the $23.4 million announced by Mr Butler last week, for West Australian NHMRC Project, IRIISS and Equipment Grants, totalling $31.5 million. “Today’s announcement of $8 million of fellowships for successful researchers will enable these...

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Call for public comment - Draft consensus-based guideline on the management of volatile substance use

Comments are being invited on the draft consensus-based clinical practice guideline for the management of volatile substance use (VSU).  The purpose of this guideline is to provide practical recommendations to assist health professionals to identify, assess and treat people who use volatile substances. The draft guideline was developed by a 16 member multidisciplinary committee supported by the NHMRC staff at the National Institute of Clinical Studies. The Committee includes...

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$447.5 Million Boost to Medical Research

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today announced $447.5 million for medical research, through the National Health and Medical Research Council. Mr Butler made the announcement while opening two new research facilities at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, which has been awarded 24 of the Project Grants worth $15.38 million over three to five years. Baker IDI will also benefit from support funding of $3.43 million for IRIISS Grants and $225,367 for Equipment Grants....

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Australian Researcher in International Virus Research

A University of Canberra Professor has been awarded approximately half a million dollars to continue vital medical research. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler, and Member for Fraser Dr Andrew Leigh today announced that Professor Suresh Mahalingam will receive a National Health and Medical Research Council - European Union grant of $494,022 over three years from the National Health and Medical Research Council. “The grant, funded by the Gillard Government, will allow...

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October 2010

Cutting the Risk of Healthcare Infections

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care delivered the Australian Guidelines For The Prevention And Control Of Infection In Healthcare to the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP on Tuesday. The guidelines were developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council, working with, and funded by, the Commission. One in 30 (or 200,000) patients develop an healthcare associated infection (HAI) in healthcare settings each year. Of these 4,500...

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Hearts, minds and everything in between – New Centres of Research Excellence

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today announced 11 further Centres of Research Excellence, following on from initial announcements in July and August 2010. The Centres of Research Excellence scheme, funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research. The Centres will receive $27 million over 5 years. “Medical research and ensuring that this research is incorporated into...

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May 2010

Leading International Researchers come to Canberra

The National Health and Medical Council (NHMRC) along with representatives from 14 countries will be meeting in Canberra this week as part of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Intergovernmental Conference 27-28 May 2010. Being held in Australia for the first time, delegates will discuss the HFSP’s future strategic direction and vision for cutting edge international collaborative health and medical research, as well as hearing from leading Australian health and medical...

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March 2010

Australia's best and brightest researchers recognised in 2010 NHMRC Excellence Awards

Fifteen of Australia’s most distinguished health and medical researchers were recognised last night for their outstanding contribution to the success of medical research in this country. The National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia’s leading funding body for health and medical research, held its Excellence Awards in Canberra on Thursday evening. The awards recognise the highest ranked recipients of grants and fellowships in 2010 as well as two special categories...

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February 2010

Australian first - Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal and Register now a reality

A new national Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal was launched today that will provide links to current Australian guidelines developed by governments, professional colleges, specialty societies and non-government agencies. Clinical practice guidelines are critical tools used by health professionals and researchers to improve the health of Australians, yet in the past have often been hard to locate, difficult to access and sometimes out of date. Developed by the National Health and...

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$150 Million Boost to Health and Medical Research

The Rudd Government is providing more than $150 million to boost the nation’s health and medical research efforts. Projects range from research into malaria ($12,735,000) and epilepsy ($16,450,000) through to finding a treatment for stuttering ($4,775,000) and ways to improve chronic disease outcomes for Indigenous Australians ($8,190,000). The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grants, the Australian-European Union (NHMRC-EU)...

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$2 Million Boost to Health and Medical Research in Western Australia

Western Australian researchers have been awarded more than $2 million in grant funding as part of the Rudd Government’s support for health and medical research work across Australia. The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships scheme and the NHMRC Training Fellowships. The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme supports outstanding Australian graduates early in their careers so that they can be trained to conduct research that...

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$84.78 Million Boost to Health and Medical Research in Victoria

Victorian researchers have been awarded more than $87 million in grant funding as part of the Rudd Government’s support for health and medical research work across Australia. The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grants, the Australian-European Union (NHMRC-EU) Collaborative Research Grants, the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme and the NHMRC Training Fellowships. Five teams of researchers from the University of Melbourne, The Walter...

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$10.24 Million Boost for Health and Medical Research in South Australia

South Australian researchers have been awarded more than $10 million in grant funding as part of the Rudd Government’s support for health and medical research work across Australia. The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grants, NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme and the NHMRC Training Fellowships. Professor Kerin O’Dea and her team of researchers from the University of South Australia have been recommended for a NHMRC Program Grant in...

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$11.25 Million Boost to Health and Medical Research in Queensland

Queensland researchers have been awarded more than $11 million in grant funding as part of the Rudd Government’s support for health and medical research work across Australia. The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grants, the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme and the NHMRC Training Fellowships. Professor Paul Hodges and his team of researchers from the University of Queensland have been recommended for a NHMRC Program Grant in 2011,...

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$1.92 Million Boost for Health and Medical Research in Northern Territory

Northern Territory researchers have been awarded more than $1.9 million in grant funding as part of the Rudd Government’s support for health and medical research work across Australia. The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships scheme and the NHMRC Training Fellowships. The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme supports outstanding Australian graduates early in their careers so that they can be trained to conduct research that...

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$37.75 Million Boost to Health and Medical Research in New South Wales

New South Wales researchers have been awarded more than $37 million in grant funding as part of the Rudd Government’s support for health and medical research work across Australia. The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grants, the Australian-European Union (NHMRC-EU) Collaborative Research Grants, the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme and the NHMRC Training Fellowships. Three teams of researchers from the University of Sydney have been...

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Funding Boost for Health and Medical Research in Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory researchers have been awarded more than $800,000 in grant funding as part of the Rudd Government’s support for health and medical research work across Australia. The funding is provided under the National Health and Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships scheme and the NHMRC Training Fellowships. The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme supports outstanding Australian graduates early in their careers so that they can be trained to conduct...

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January 2010

Commercial Development Funding for Medical Research Projects

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, today announced the awarding of over $7 million towards a range of innovative health and medical research projects through the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council Development Grants. “Development Grants provide funding for the commercialisation of health and medical research projects to help get research out of the laboratory and into practical use,” Mr Butler said. “These grants are helping...

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