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July 2014

Call for evidence on the health effects of water fluoridation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has called for submissions from the Australian public on evidence regarding the health effects of water fluoridation. Water fluoridation is a public health initiative used by governments to help reduce tooth decay. Current NHMRC advice recommends that water be fluoridated at the level of 0.6 to 1.1 mg/L, which balances the benefits of reduced tooth decay with the occurrence of dental mottling (fluorosis). This call for published...

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Public consultation on new principles for the application of ‘omics’-based tests

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released Principles for the translation of ‘omics’-based tests from discovery to health care for public consultation. The document offers a new framework to guide the development and application of ‘omics’-based tests, focusing on genomic testing. ‘Omics’ is a general term that covers transcriptomics, metabolomics, epigenomics and proteomics.  NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson commented on...

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NHMRC launches Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre initiative

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today announced a new initiative to help turn research discoveries into improved medical practice and commercial opportunities. Submissions are now open for leading centres of health and medical research to apply for recognition as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. Centres will usually include hospitals and universities and medical research institutes. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said, ‘It is...

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Draft paper on the health effects of lead released for consultation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has today released a draft Information Paper ‘Evidence on the effects of lead on human health’ for public consultation. The draft paper was prepared by an expert working committee and is based on the findings of an independent systematic review of recent evidence, also published today. Key findings and recommendations of the draft Information Paper include: National policy should continue to minimise the amount of artificially...

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June 2014

Low-fat milk recommendations for children aged 2+

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) wishes to dispel any confusion arising from recent media articles regarding milk recommendations for children over the age of two years. NHMRC aims to help people make informed choices about their diet, but does not make recommendations about low fat diets or the consumption of specific low fat products. NHMRC’s Australian Dietary Guidelines suggest that everyone should try to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five...

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Implementing the Federal Government’s dementia research boost

Sixty of Australia’s leading dementia experts made a commitment today to ensure that the government’s $200 million dementia research boost would make a lasting difference in the prevention, treatment and management of dementia for all Australians. In a meeting hosted by the National Health and Medical Research Council, research leaders, community advocates and federal and state government representatives presented ideas on how Australia could best direct its research efforts in...

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National Health and Medical Research Council celebrates 200th session

The 77 year old National Health and Medical Research Council will today hold its 200th meeting, following a special Awards dinner attended by the Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton yesterday. In his address last night, NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said that NHMRC Council has provided the leadership and the vision necessary for the achievement of a range of important and historic initiatives to improve the overall health and wellbeing of all Australians. ‘Over the decades,...

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Top researchers recognised with NHMRC Excellence Awards

The National Health and Medical Research Council’s top prizes for excellence in health and medical research will be announced tonight at NHMRC’s 200th Council Dinner. Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton will be in attendance to present awards. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson praised the quality of the research being undertaken by the awardees. ‘Among this year’s twenty recipients are researchers whose work aims to deliver breakthroughs in areas such as...

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April 2014

$11.4 Million for Health and Medical Research

Australian researchers who have formed community partnerships to improve health outcomes across Australia have received $11.4 million in Federal Government funding. Minister for Health Peter Dutton said the grants further demonstrated the Government’s commitment to frontline services, including health and medical research in Australia. “Jointly funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and various partners, the funding supports 14 new Partnerships for Better...

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NHMRC releases complementary medicine resource and opens public consultation on draft Information Paper on homeopathy

Many Australians report that they use complementary medicines (CM) – a recent industry report showed annual revenue from the sale of CM products and therapies totalled $3.55 billion. To inform discussions on the use of CM products, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released Talking with your Patients about Complementary Medicine – A Resource for Clinicians.  A NHMRC Draft Information Paper on the Evidence on Homeopathy has also been released for...

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