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Publicly available information released following an FOI access request

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The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by NHMRC under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and is available for public access.

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Annual FOI Disclosure Log (2021–22)

Note: The FOI reference number in this table may not be sequential. This can occur because the FOI request has been withdrawn at the request of the applicant, or information is deemed by the relevant Decision Maker to be of a commercial-in-confidential or personal nature, in accordance with section 11C of the FOI Act and as such has not been disclosed in the log. 

Past annual disclosure logs

Reference number  Access Date FOI content

2021/22 023

28/07/2022

Description of request

For 2020 Ideas Grant #2002640, access to the application, agreement, any variations to the grant, list of current Chief Investigators, list of any changes to the roster of Chief Investigators, as well as all financial reports required to be lodged by the participants for this grant.

Summary of document released

A copy of the funding agreement and schedule with information redacted under sections 22, 47F and 47G of the FOI Act.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in part with redactions (under sections 22, 47F and 47G of the FOI Act) and access refused to 8 documents (under sections 45, 47E, 47F and 47G of the FOI Act).

2021/22 019

and

2021/22 020

16/06/2022

Description of request

Access to the following for the new ‘Australian evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for Attention‑Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’:

  • correspondence related to the writing of these guidelines, including letters and emails
  • document/s which show that NHMRC will give final approval for the guidelines to be used
  • if NHMRC will not give the final approval, document/s explaining/covering why this is the case
  • document/s which show if anyone else/any government department apart from NHMRC will review the final guideline before it is in use or will final approval be by Australian ADHD Professionals Association.

Summary of documents released

Relevant correspondence and a spreadsheet.

Number of documents and type of release
Three documents released in full, 20 documents released in part with redactions under section 47F and 47G of the FOI Act, and access refused to 5 documents under section 47C and 47E of the FOI Act.

2021/22 016

31/03/2022

Description of request

Access to NHMRC’s Gain of Function Research Review or if not completed, the most recent draft of the Review, and any progress updates on the Review that NHMRC has provided to third parties, between 19 January 2022 and 1 March 2022.

Summary of documents released

Relevant correspondence.

Number of documents and type of release

Eleven documents released with redactions under s22 and s47C of the FOI Act. Access refused to 2 documents under s47C and s47E of the FOI Act.

2021/22 014 04/03/2022

Description of request

Access to any documents produced between January 2006–December 2018 that include discussions, speculations, assessments, research or judgments on the risks of gain-of-function research.

Summary of document released

Presentation slides and committee meeting papers.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full, one document released with redactions under s22, s33(a) and s47E of the FOI Act, and access refused to 2 documents under s45, s47C and s47E of the FOI Act.

2021/22 013 04/03/2022

Description of request

Access to NHMRC’s Gain of Function Research Review or if not completed, the most recent draft of the Review and any progress updates on the Review that NHMRC has provided to third parties.

Summary of document released

Presentation slides.

Number of documents and type of release

Two documents released in full and access refused to 9 documents under s47C and s47E of the FOI Act.

2021/22 015 16/02/2022

Description of request

Access to NHMRC documents relating to the office of NHMRC’s duty under work health and safety laws to eliminate, or if that is not reasonably practical, minimise the risks of COVID-19 in the workplace so far as is reasonably practical. NHMRC’s current:

  • risk assessment assessing the risks associated with exposure to COVID-19
  • plan to implement control measures to manage risks associated with exposure to COVID-19
  • risk assessment with response to risks to any vulnerable workers.

Summary of document released

COVIDSafe workplace plan and health and safety risk assessment. COVID-19 risk assessment and risk control for vulnerable staff.

Number of documents and type of release

Three documents released in full.

2021/22 009 13/01/2022

Description of request

Access to the application, funding agreement and any progress report for grant #GA59728 awarded to Sydney Health Partners – Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Research Translation, Stage Two.

Summary of document released

A copy of the funding agreement, with personal information redacted under section 47F of the FOI Act.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released with redactions (under section 47F of the FOI Act) and access refused to 3 documents (under sections 45, 47E and 47G of the FOI Act).

2021/22 010 24/11/2021

Description of request

Access to a list of all applications for NHMRC funding over the past 5 years for ‘migraine’, including whether they were successful or unsuccessful.

Summary of document released

Tabular report containing publically available grant information.

Number of documents and type of release

One tabular report, containing publically available information on funded grant applications for migraine-related research, released in full. Access refused, under sections 45, 47E and 47G of the FOI Act, to one tabular report containing information on grant applications that were not funded.

2021/22 008 10/11/2021

Description of request

Access to information that outlines total funding from NHRMC towards the University of South Australia.

Summary of document released

Tabular report containing publically available grant information.

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full containing publically available grant information.

2021/22 006 1/11/2021

Description of request

Access to all studies and/or reports describing the purification (i.e. via filtration and ultra-centrifugation and chromatography) of any "COVID-19 virus" (aka "SARS-COV-2", including any alleged "variants" i.e. "B.1.1.7", "B.1.351", "P.1") directly from a sample taken from a diseased human, where the patient sample was not first combined with any other source of genetic material (i.e. monkey kidney cells aka Vero cells; fetal bovine serum). 

Summary of documents released

Links to publically available journal articles.

Number of documents and type of release

Seven publically available documents released in full via links.

2021/22 005 8/10/2021

Description of request

Access to:

  • documents, or a list of anyone NHMRC has funded for any and all short and long term research/studies, that are relied upon for the risk and safety assessment regarding the Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus vaccine, as well as the Hexaxim, Infanrix, Infanrix hexa, Infanrix IPV, Quadracel, Tripacel, and Immunoglobulin (+/-) vaccines, as well as a tetanus only vaccine, concerning healthy children, children with neutropenia, and also children with a family history of ADEM (Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis) related vaccine injury
  • studies NHMRC has funded regarding the safety and effects of formaldehyde on the living human body.

Summary of document released

Tabular report containing publically available grant information. 

Number of documents and type of release

One document released in full containing publically available grant information, however, access refused to most parts of the request under subsection 24A(1) of the FOI Act on the basis that the documents requested do not exist within NHMRC as these matters are the role of another government agency.

2021/22 001 4/08/2021

Description of request

Access to:

  • all documents relating to the rescinding of the NHMRC Guidelines contained within the publication titled “Boxing Injuries” (the Report), including but not limited to written submissions by government agencies and non-governmental bodies, internal memoranda, research reports and data, any new evidence to support the rescission and the basis for rescission of said guidelines 
  • all documents or the like detailing the process of rescinding the above NHMRC Guidelines from its inception to actual rescission, including dates of the various stages of the rescission process 
  • in the preparation of the Report, position statements obtained from specified medical colleges, societies and associations, as well as specified publications and documents referred to in the bibliography of the Report

Summary of documents released

Publication assessment report, position statements and committee reports.

Number of documents and type of release

Six documents released in full, in addition to the documents released under a previous FOI (2020/21 015).
 

 

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