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December 2011

New Research Collaboration to Target Dementia

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Researchers, policy makers and healthcare workers will jointly establish Australia’s first Partnership Centre for better dementia outcomes, Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler announced today. The first centre will focus on the theme of ‘Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in the Elderly’....

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$114.2 million investment in health and medical research

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health Some of the best and brightest minds in Australian health and medical research were recognised in Sydney today. Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has announced a further $114.2 million investment in health and medical research for 159 grants. “The Gillard Government is proud to be supporting our health and medical research innovators as they develop their products and technologies here in Australia,” Ms Plibersek said. “Not...

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Providing the scientific evidence for healthier Australian diets

Public consultation on draft Australian Dietary Guidelines Australians can now have their say on draft dietary advice that will help inform healthy eating habits for everyone. Tomorrow, the National Health and Medical Research Council will release its draft Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for public consultation. The draft guidelines provide evidence-based advice to health professionals and the general public about food choices to promote health and...

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Symposium results in actions for a healthy future

The brightest minds in science have gathered in Canberra over the last three days to discuss the best way forward to translate research into proven health outcomes that ensure a healthy future for all nations. Research for a Healthy Future, the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) 75th anniversary symposium, offered the chance for top researchers from around the world to come together in one place and make decisions about how research is best used to ensure the health...

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Australia's top researchers honoured

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Australia’s top researchers are being honoured at the National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) annual awards ceremony in Canberra tonight. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler congratulated the 19 award winners including recipients of the Achievement Awards and the inaugural recipients of the Frank Fenner Early Career Fellowship and Marshall and Warren Award. “As Australia plays host to the leaders of...

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November 2011

Understanding Mental Illness Through Better Research

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform Mental health research in Australia is being massively boosted by the Gillard Labor Government with $26.2 million to go towards research into better mental health treatment and improved clinical outcomes. This is the first time in Australian history that any Government has made a strategic and targeted investment in mental health research. Minister for Mental Health and...

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Blackburn Fellowships Celebrate Women in Research

THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Minister for Health and Ageing THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing The outstanding achievements of Australian Nobel Laureate Professor Elizabeth Blackburn have been recognised through a new fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) awarded to top female Research Fellows. This important new NHMRC Fellowship was announced today by Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing...

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Australia to Host World Leaders in Medical Research: Tackling Health Challenges of the Future

The brightest minds in international health and medical research will gather in Canberra next week at a scientific symposium to discuss the global health challenges facing this generation and the next. Research for a Healthy Future (November 29 – December 1) forms part of the National Health and Medical Research Council‟s (NHMRC) 75th anniversary program. “The NHMRC has attracted researchers who are the policy leaders that set the funding agenda of the international health and medical research...

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Reassuring parents: New draft ADHD Clinical Practice Points do not mandate medication

Recent media reports are suggesting that new clinical practice points being developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council will call for compulsory medication of children and reporting of children who are not receiving medication for ADHD symptoms.  Chief Executive Officer Professor Warwick Anderson is reassuring parents and practitioners that this is not the case. “I want to be very clear here.  The new Clinical Practice Points do not and will not call for...

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Helping to keep Children Healthy in Australian Education and Care Services

Educators and staff working in childhood education and care services will soon have access to new principles to prevent the spread of infection in education and care services. A revised fifth edition of Staying healthy in early childhood education and care: Preventing infectious diseases in education and care services is now available for public consultation. The new edition builds on the current popular resource Staying Healthy in Childcare. Professor Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive Officer...

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New Research Tackles Depression Among Older Australians and their Carers

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, today visited the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to launch the start of research into a ground-breaking program that aims to tackle depression among older Australians and their carers by improving their fitness. The study is the first of its kind and will investigate whether the use of the Otago...

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Feedback to ensure better information for the management of ADHD in children and adolescents

Individuals and organisations are invited to review and comment on draft Clinical Practice Points (CPPs) on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents, prepared by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). The NHMRC is committed to providing useful and up to date advice, to assist parents and medical professionals to recognise and appropriately treat ADHD. The draft ADHD CPPs provide practical guidance for health professionals on the diagnosis,...

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October 2011

New Guideline Improves the Management of Volatile Substance Use

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Indigenous Health The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today welcomed Australia’s first Consensus-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Volatile Substance Use in Australia, and a quick-reference summary, to support heath workers treating clients in this challenging area. Volatile substance use (VSU...

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Safer drinking water for all Australians

Two resources designed to ensure Australian water derived from any source is clean and safe to drink were released today at the SEQ Water Grid Emergency Management Room in Brisbane. The revised Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) and the expanded Community Water Planner (CWP) tool, were released by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with support from the National Water Commission. “The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines is one of the most important guidelines the...

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$673.3 Million for Biggest Ever Investment in Health and Medical Research

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, today announced the single largest investment in grants for health and medical research in Australian history. The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. This investment, through the National Health and Medical Research Council, will ensure that Australia continues to expand the frontiers of health and medical research....

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$47 Million in Health and Medical Research Funding to Meet the Challenges of Ageing

Health and medical research into dementia, Parkinson’s disease, bone disease and other major age-related conditions will benefit from $47 million in Australian Government funding, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, said today. Mr Butler today announced funding for 93 National Health and Medical Research grants focused on ageing. “The Gillard Labor Government is committed to improving the health and quality of life for our older Australians.  One of the key...

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$39.8 Million in Health and Medical Research to Help Close the Gap

The Gillard Labor Government will fund $39.8 million of health and medical research towards improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler and the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, today announced 53 National Health and Medical Research grants focused on Indigenous health. “Closing the Gap in life expectancy and quality of life for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is...

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$35.7 Million for Research for Better Mental Health

Australians living with mental illness will benefit from 61 new research grants announced today by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler. Researchers across Australia will receive $35.7 million, through the National Health and Medical Research Council, to fund research into the mental health disorders that affect one in five Australians at some point in their life. “Australia has a strong history of pushing the boundaries in successful mental health research. ...

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Northern Territory Researchers’ excel in medical research grants

Northern Territory researchers excelled in today’s announcement of grants for health and medical research in Australia by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler. Northern Territory researchers won $17.6 million for 17 grants to the Menzies School of Health Research, through the National Health and Medical Research Council. Over 63 per cent of NT grant applications were selected for funding through a highly competitive national process, nearly tripling the Australian average...

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University of Sydney and University of Newcastle shine in health and medical research stakes

The University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle topped the list of metropolitan and regional universities in the biggest ever investment of $673.7 million for health and medical research, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced today. The University of Sydney received the greatest amount of funding for research institutions nationwide, with $87.8 million for 149 grants.  Researchers at the University of Newcastle will benefit from $12.7 million in 21...

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Queensland Women Lead the way in $96.5 Million of Ground Breaking Medical Research

Queensland’s leading female researchers will receive funding to continue their groundbreaking work in osteoporosis, the genetics of ovarian cancer and childhood obesity prevention, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced today. The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. This represents the single biggest investment of grants for health and medical...

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Boost for Health and Medical Research in South Australia

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, today announced the single biggest investment in grants for health and medical research in Australian history. The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. South Australian universities and research institutes will receive $59.3 million for 90 grants, through the National Health and Medical Research Council. “This...

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$3.4 Million for Tasmanian Health and Medical Research

The Menzies Research Institute will benefit from the single largest investment in health and medical research grants in Australian history, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing announced today. The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. Eight researchers and research teams will receive grants totalling $3.4 million, through the National Health and Medical Research Council....

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Victoria Shines in Health and Medical Research

Research institutes and universities in Victoria led the field in the biggest ever investment in health and medical research, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced today. The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. 472 researchers, research projects and research institutions in Victoria will receive grants of $278.2 million, 41.2 per cent of the total...

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ACT Gains $10.8 Million from Biggest Ever Grant Announcement for Health and Medical Research

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, today announced the single largest investment in grants for health and medical research in Australia. The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. ACT researchers will benefit from $10.8 million of this funding, through 20 National Health and Medical Research Council grants.  This investment will ensure that researchers in...

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University of WA in Top 10 for Australian Health and Medical Research Grants

Western Australia universities and medical research institutes will benefit from $28.2 million in research funding for 59 projects, the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced today. The Gillard Labor Government is providing $673.7 million for 1,140 grants to support researchers, research projects and research institutions Australia-wide. This represents the single biggest announcement of grants for health and medical research in Australian history. The University of...

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September 2011

Living well in the last months of life

Australians facing their final phase of life will have support in making decisions about their transition to palliative care, thanks to two new publications released by the National Health and Medical Research Council today.  An ethical framework for integrating palliative care principles into the management of advanced chronic or terminal conditions provides guidance for health professionals. Practical questions for consumers and their families are detailed in Living well with an advanced...

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Australia, Singapore pledge commitment to further scientific collaboration

Leading public research institutions ink agreement to support joint research projects and platforms for scientific exchange Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote exchange between the two countries in the areas of health and medical research. Under the MOU, A*STAR and NHMRC will commit a total of SGD$4.5m (AUD$3.5m) to a joint...

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August 2011

NHMRC ensures the highest quality health advice for Australian practitioners

Australians can be more confident that their health professionals will have access to the best quality information on diagnosis and treatment, with the introduction of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s new Standard for Clinical Practice Guidelines. The NHMRC’s new Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011 NHMRC Standard for clinical practice guidelines (2011 NHMRC Standard) sets out the quality process Australian guideline developers need to follow to produce...

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July 2011

Gillard Government helping in response to Hendra

The Gillard Government has today announced it will be providing up to $6 million as part of the fight against Hendra. The Gillard Government understands there are community concerns around Hendra caused by recent developments in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The $6 million in committed funds will be used to better understand the virus through enhanced research. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the funding would be used to boost research into...

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