3 April 2018

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of more than 37,000 dedicated contributors from over 130 countries, working together to prepare, update, and promote Cochrane Reviews. Cochrane Reviews provide evidence based advice to help health care practitioners and patients make well informed decisions about health care.

The Cochrane Collaboration’s work is internationally recognised as the benchmark for high quality information about the effectiveness of health care. Australia’s contribution to the Collaboration is significant - it is home to over 2,900 authors and 100 editors that produce systematic reviews on interventions for preventing and treating a wide range of health and medical conditions. To date, Australian contributors have published 1,600 of the over 6,000 reviews and protocols published in the Cochrane Library.

Through NHMRC the Australian Government has committed $4.2 million to fund Cochrane activities in Australasia. The funding will enable these entities to continue their review work during 2017-2020 in specialist fields including public health, consumers and communication, breast cancer, acute respiratory infections, kidney health and musculoskeletal disorders.

NHMRC is proud to work with the Cochrane Collaboration to support the transfer of research outcomes into improved knowledge, better health systems and improved treatment for individuals and their families. For more information on the Cochrane Collaboration visit the Collaboration’s website at www.cochrane.org, and for more information about what the Collaboration is doing in our region, including how to get involved, visit Cochrane Australia’s  website at australia.cochrane.org/.

The Cochrane Library

Through a three year funding agreement NHMRC has ensured access to the Cochrane Library will continue to 2020. The Cochrane Library provides a central location for the publication of systematic reviews undertaken by the Cochrane Collaboration.

The Cochrane Library can be accessed at www. cochranelibrary.com and access is free to all residents of Australia.