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December 2012

NHMRC warns thermography not demonstrated effective in breast cancer detection

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has added to warnings to consumers that thermography (thermal imaging) has not been demonstrated to be effective in detecting breast cancer. Today NHMRC released a position statement titled ‘Is there a role for Thermography in the early detection of breast cancer?’ stating that there is no evidence of sufficient quality to demonstrate thermography is effective for early detection or screening for breast cancer.  Mammography remains...

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$127.9 million boost for best and brightest medical researchers

Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has announced $127.9 million for 151 grants for ground-breaking health and medical research across Australia. “The Gillard Government is very pleased to be supporting Australia’s best and brightest medical researchers as they undertake their vital work,” Ms Plibersek said. “Continued government investment in research enables development of effective new treatments and new policy solutions in our health system.” Ms Plibersek said as a result of this...

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November 2012

NHMRC supports World AIDS Day

Thirty years since the HIV pandemic was recognised as one of the greatest international health threats in the modern era, World AIDS Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and encourage progress in HIV / AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world. “While antiretroviral therapies have been developed to slow the progression of HIV, there remains no cure or vaccine. NHMRC’s funding supports research that will boost our knowledge of HIV and take us closer to a future where the health...

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Improved patient outcomes from innovative research

The creation of knowledge through research underpins improvement in Australia’s health service delivery and intervention. However, there is a significant ‘valley of death’ gap between discovery and implementation of knowledge from research. This gap slows the uptake of the benefits from research, for patients and for the operation of the health system. To reduce the gap, NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson has launched an independent report on the Development Grants Scheme at the...

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H5N1 bird flu forum to tackle future epidemics

Leading H5N1 bird flu experts will meet today to discuss research to assist the Asia Pacific region’s response to future epidemics. The forum has been organised by the National Health and Medical Research Council.  Jointly hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the forum will hear from leading H5N1 bird flu experts on the need for greater awareness of public policy, improved response to future pandemics and new innovations in vaccine development. “Australia...

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October 2012

NHMRC Research Translation Faculty – Launch at Symposium a resounding success

NHMRC CEO, Professor Warwick Anderson has officially launched the Research Translation Faculty (RTF), a major strategic initiative for health and medical research translation in Australia. The Faculty is represented by over 2,500 members made up of NHMRC supported Chief Investigators or NHMRC Fellows. The creation of knowledge through research underpins improvement in Australia’s health service delivery and intervention. However, it is widely acknowledged that there is a gap between...

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$68.2 Million Research Funding Boost for Mental Health

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform Health and medical research into anxiety, eating disorders, depression and other mental health conditions will benefit from $68.2 million in new Australian Government funding. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler today announced funding for 104 National Health and Medical Research Council grants for new ground-breaking mental...

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$50 Million for Ageing Research

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform Health and medical research into dementia, macular degeneration and other age-related conditions will benefit from $50 million in new Australian Government funding. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler today announced funding for 92 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants. “The potential of the projects...

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$290 Million Funding Boost for Victorian Researchers

THE HON CATHERINE KING MP Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing The University of Melbourne and Monash University topped the list of funded metropolitan and regional universities in today’s announcement of $652 million grants for health and medical research. Parliamentary Secretary for Health Catherine King said the University of Melbourne was the most successful research institution nationwide, winning $89.1 million for 161 grants while researchers at Monash University will...

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$652 million boost for best and brightest medical researchers

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek has announced $652 million for 1,141 grants for ground-breaking medical research across Australia. “Patients depend on continued government investment to keep Australians healthy and reduce the incidence of disease and suffering,” said Ms Plibersek. “Because of this investment, medicines are our biggest research-intense goods export, and are helping to build a stronger, more competitive and more...

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New website boosts patient access to Australian clinical trials

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Minister for Innovation and Industry Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Patients suffering chronic diseases will benefit from the launch of a new website that offers easier access to clinical trials of new drugs, treatments and medical procedures. The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today said that the Australian Clinical Trials website was created in response to the needs of consumer groups, the...

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September 2012

Focussing on the needs of the child in managing ADHD

New Clinical Practice Points on the diagnosis, assessment and management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents have a simple and strong message. Any approach to helping a child deal with ADHD symptoms must be centred on the child. Released today by NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson, the Clinical Practice Points on the Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents provides expert advice...

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New Embryo Research Licensing Committee appointed

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health Ethical oversight of Australian research using human embryos continues with the appointment of the new Embryo Research Licensing Committee by Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek. Established in 2002, the 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 to ensure that the...

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August 2012

Should I be tested for prostate cancer?

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE National Health and Medical Research Council Cancer Council Australia Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Every man has the right to decide for himself whether or not to be tested for prostate cancer. But first he should be fully informed about the test and any possible follow-up procedures and treatment. There is inconsistent advice surrounding the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test - a blood test commonly used to detect potential prostate cancer. Doctors and peak...

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New $7.5 Million Fellowship to Support Mental Health Research Open

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Minister for Social Inclusion Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today announced that the new John Cade Fellowship in Mental Health Research is open for applications. “The new Fellowship will support up to two outstanding researchers with funding of $750,000 per annum for five years to drive innovative mental health research, especially in new and emerging areas...

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Empowering Australian patients through access to better health decisions

Australian patients and their health care practitioners will benefit from ongoing access to The Cochrane Library, an online resource that features over 5000 published systematic reviews of evidence for health care interventions; ranging from surgical procedures and drugs to behavioural therapies and preventive care. Cochrane reviews provide independent high-quality evidence to aid in health care decision making. The Australian Government, through the National Health and Medical Research...

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Outstanding Medical Research Showcased

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today launched Ten of the Best Research Projects 2012, a publication that showcases the work of some of the finest medical researchers in the country. “From new and  innovative approaches to helping bridge the gap between the health of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their non-Indigenous counterparts or new ways of better caring for premature babies, Australian researchers are...

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New approach to identifying evidence-practice gaps and research priorities - NHMRC Research Translation Faculty

Researchers funded by NHMRC are now being invited to become part of a new NHMRC community, to be known as the NHMRC Research Translation Faculty. This is a major strategic initiative for health and medical research translation in Australia. The Faculty will see members of NHMRC’s research community directly address the challenge of health and medical research translation in Australia. NHMRC CEO Warwick Anderson said, "The creation of knowledge through research underpins improvement...

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$7.4M for Three Mental Health Research Centres

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform Suicide prevention, substance abuse and better mental health planning will be the focus of research at three new Centres of Research Excellence. Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler said the new Centres have been funded by the Australian Government and will be based at the University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland...

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$7.5 Million for Three Indigenous Health Research Centres

THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Indigenous Health Three new Centres of Research Excellence have been funded by the Australian Government to focus on important Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues. “Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is a key Government priority, closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders health outcomes and those of the wider Australian population,” Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon said....

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Researchers of deadly esophagus cancer to share $42 million in grants

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health Researchers studying the cause of deadly esophagus cancer are among 17 recipients sharing $42.3 million in medical research funding from the Gillard Government. Queensland Institute of Medical Research will receive $2.4 million of the funding as they search for a treatment for the cancer, which kills some 70% of the people who contract the disease within five years of diagnosis. “Esophagus cancer is detected in around 1,000 Australians every...

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July 2012

Maintaining Public Trust: Managing Conflicts of Interest in the NHMRC

Australia’s high standard of health care relies on the integrity of clinical practice guidelines used by practitioners in clinics, surgeries and hospitals to apply knowledge that has come from health and medical research.  The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has strengthened its policies to ensure clinical advice is not tainted by undeclared or unmanaged interests. “Guideline development relies on experts, who inherently bring experience, ideas and...

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June 2012

Australia’s synchrotron to continue conducting world leading research

Australian researchers will continue to undertake vital research—in areas such as health, manufacturing and food security—in Australia thanks to a new program to manage researcher access to the Australian Synchrotron. The program will be managed by Monash University with the support of the Gillard Government’s investment of $30 million. Australian universities will also invest around $25 million. Announcing the funding, Science and Research Minister Senator Chris Evans said...

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Australian Smart Phone Research to Combat Chronic Disease in Lower and Middle Income Countries

A worldwide initiative to prevent and treat chronic diseases that affect millions of people has been given a boost of $5 million by the Australian Government. The research projects include evaluating whether an Australian-developed smartphone system will assist Indian rural healthcare workers detect and manage hypertension and cardiovascular risk. NHMRC Chief Executive Officer Professor Warwick Anderson today announced funding for five leading Australian research teams which will be part of...

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Funding to tackle the human health effects of Hendra Virus

New funding of $3 million for eight projects will enable leading scientists to conduct critical research into the Hendra virus, following a fresh outbreak in Queensland. Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said the research aimed to bring about a better understanding of the virus, the development of management procedures and improved patient treatments. “The Government is committed to strengthening Australia’s biosecurity defences by funding quality scientific research that helps...

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May 2012

Government funds world-first research into multiple sclerosis

Australian scientists searching for a better way to treat for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) using a world-first adult stem cell technique will benefit from a Gillard Government grant. On the eve of World MS Day, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek announced $1.75 million would be directed to Professor Claude Bernard and his renowned team of researchers at Monash University in Melbourne.  “MS is a severely debilitating disease, affecting about 21,000 Australians, that attacks the central...

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April 2012

Borderline Personality Disorder: Helping Patients and Clinicians Find the Right Treatment

Help is at hand for clinicians who collectively treat more than 200,000 Australians with borderline personality disorder, which can be difficult to diagnose and potentially lead to significant harm for the patient. Borderline personality disorder is challenging for the people with the condition, their carers and the health professionals involved in the treatment and management of the condition. The disorder is associated with a range of risks including suicide, self-inflicted harmful...

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March 2012

Helping Healthcare Providers Work with People to Manage Excess Weight

The relationship between primary care clinicians and the community in managing overweight and obesity has been emphasised by a new draft clinical practice guideline issued for consultation by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).  The new draft Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Children and Adolescents is being funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. The new draft guideline suggests a staged approach to managing...

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$2.9 million to help boost access to clinical trials

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP Minister for Health SENATOR THE HON CHRIS EVANS Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research Patients suffering chronic diseases will benefit from $2.9 million in funding to increase access to clinical trials of new drugs, treatments and medical procedures. The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, today said that the funding will support the administration of the National Health and Medical Research...

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ICGC launches new project and releases more genomic data on cancer

Toronto – March 15, 2012. The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) today announced a new project from South Korea to identify the genomic drivers in breast cancer, which will improve understanding and clinical management of this disease. ICGC today also announced its eighth major data release. The Consortium is ahead of schedule in its decade-long goal to generate high-quality genomic data on more than 25,000 tumors for up to 50 types of cancer that are of clinical and societal...

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