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Tracker - NHMRC’s revised Open Access Policy released

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the first Australian funding agency to introduce the requirement that scholarly publications arising from the research it funds be made freely available and accessible.

  • Tracker
  • 20 September 2022

NHMRC’s revised Open Access Policy released

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the first Australian funding agency to introduce the requirement that scholarly publications arising from the research it funds be made freely available and accessible.

  • Media release
  • 20 September 2022
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$35 million for new Centres of Research Excellence in health and medical research

NHMRC welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of outcomes of the 2022 Centres of Research Excellence scheme.

  • Media release
  • 1 September 2022

Tracker - 15 August 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 15 August 2022
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Funding increase builds expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research

On International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released its annual report card on funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research.

  • Media release
  • 9 August 2022

Tracker - 4 July 2022

Welcome to Tracker, National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) fortnightly newsletter, with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 4 July 2022

Tracker - 6 June 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 6 June 2022
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Making a decision to do the hard research, that’s what discovery is about

Deciding to commit to a research life is brave – so is committing to do the hard research. Professor Cath Chamberlain says with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, in particular, "we are going to need to take some more risks to do things differently". 

  • InFocus
  • 31 May 2022

Research excellence: Build grit and set out a plan

Doctor Simon Graham is an epidemiologist in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne. He received the 2021 Sandra Eades Investigator Grant Award (Emerging Leadership) for his research which aims to increase opportunistic sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing to identify asymptomatic infections early so treatment is provided to prevent poor health outcomes.

  • InFocus
  • 27 May 2022

Tracker - 24 May 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 24 May 2022
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$75 million funding supports Australian clinical trials and cohort studies

More than $75.3 million to support 33 clinical trials and cohort studies through the National Health and Medical Research Council has been announced, close to a quarter funding studies to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Media release
  • 24 May 2022

Internship brings entirely new set of skills

Sharna Motlap has always been interested in creating and implementing evidence-based programs specifically tailored to Indigenous communities. 

  • InFocus
  • 12 May 2022

"I leave not only a more confident worker but also a more confident person."

Emily McDonald’s journey to becoming an intern at NHMRC has not been exactly straightforward.

  • News
  • 12 May 2022

HEAL national research network addressing the health effects of environmental change

The Healthy Environments and Lives National Research Network (HEAL) was announced at the end of 2021 with a grant of $10 million over five years, as an NHMRC Special Initiative to provide national and international leadership in environmental change and health research. HEAL formally starts in May 2022; a lot of groundwork has been done to create the foundations for a large and diverse collaboration to deliver its ambitious work plan over the next five years and beyond.

  • InFocus
  • 7 April 2022
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NHMRC annual awards celebrate excellence in Australian health and medical research

National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) annual awards recognising excellence in health and medical research were announced this evening in Canberra at a ceremony attended by NHMRC's Council Chair Professor Caroline Homer AO and members of NHMRC's Council, including leading Australian researchers and chief health officers from across the nation.

  • Media release
  • 30 March 2022

Tracker - 28 March 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 28 March 2022

Tracker - 16 March 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 16 March 2022

Tracker - 28 February 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 28 February 2022

Tracker - 15 February 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 15 February 2022

Gender disparities in NHMRC’s Investigator Grant Scheme

CEO Communique – February 2022

  • Communique
  • 3 February 2022

Tracker - 17 January 2022

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 17 January 2022

65 new NHMRC postgraduate scholars

Sixty-five outstanding health and medical graduates will be supported to begin their research careers through National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarships.

  • Media release
  • 11 January 2022

New Principal Committees to advise NHMRC Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Health Greg Hunt of the membership of the Principal Committees of NHMRC for 2021–2024. 

  • Media release
  • 16 December 2021

Tracker - 29 November 2021

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 29 November 2021

$10 million national network to build resilience to the human health impacts of environmental change

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by Minister for Health Greg Hunt of the $10 million Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change.

  • Media release
  • 16 November 2021

Tracker - 15 November 2021

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 15 November 2021
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Research partnerships deliver better health outcomes in the Northern Territory

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $5.5 million to fund five research projects through the NHMRC Partnership Project scheme.

An additional $8.2 million has been committed by funding partners.

  • Media release
  • 12 November 2021

Tracker - 1 November 2021

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • Tracker
  • 1 November 2021

Expertise and transparency underpin review of Australian Dietary Guidelines

Experts to review the Australian Dietary Guidelines 

  • Media release
  • 15 September 2021

$472 million investment in Australia’s health and medical research future

Almost half a billion dollars in funding for health and medical research.

  • Media release
  • 14 September 2021

Crossing disciplines to answer complex research questions

University of Adelaide's Professor Ian Olver received the 2021 NHMRC Ethics Award in recognition of his significant contribution to Australian health and medical research ethics over the last decade. As chair of NHMRC’s Australian Health Ethics Committee, and as a valued member of NHMRC Council from 2012 to 2018, his balanced and considered leadership style and willingness to engage sensitively on tough issues supported a wider understanding of the ethical impact of emerging health and medical research innovations and technologies.

  • InFocus
  • 6 September 2021

Australian research delivers rapid Hep B test for earlier treatment

Hepatitis B is an infectious disease that causes the liver to become inflamed and contributes to increasing rates of liver cancer in Australia and globally.

  • InFocus
  • 26 July 2021
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Partnership with Aboriginal communities for a meaningful contribution

Professor Kate Conigrave from The University of Sydney is an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Public Health Physician based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Her work combines treating individuals with alcohol, drug and tobacco problems; promoting the health of communities and research and teaching. She is currently the chair of the NHMRC's Alcohol Working Group, which is charged with reviewing the guidelines to reduce the health risks from drinking alcohol.

  • Video
  • 17 May 2021

NHMRC national network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers

A National Health and Medical Research Council-funded national network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers has been established that will bring together unique skills across culture, knowledge and health research to address the health priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

  • Media release
  • 12 May 2021

Budget 2021-22

Support for excellent health and medical research in Australia continues in the 2021-22 Budget handed down on 11 May 2021. 

  • Communique
  • 12 May 2021

Tracker - 6 April 2021

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

  • 6 April 2021

$10 million for National Mental Health Research Centre

A national network of leading mental health researchers will work with more than 2000 people living with mental illness to deliver better models of mental health care across Australia, thanks to the Australian Government.

  • Media release
  • 16 March 2021

How our immune cells kill cancer

With her team, she discovered that, when target cells do not die quickly, it can cause inflammation, which hampers the body’s immune response.

  • Ten of the Best
  • 4 February 2021

Building Indigenous research capacity in Australia

For nearly three decades, Professor Jacinta Elston has worked in higher education, furthering efforts to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in Australia. Professor Elston is an Aboriginal woman from North Queensland and the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) at Monash University.

  • Ten of the Best
  • 19 January 2021

CEO Communique – 15 December 2020

Key points

  • $260 million investment in 283 Ideas Grants was announced today.
  • $20 million of extra funding has been provided to assist the sector’s recovery from disruption of research by COVID-19.
  • Streamlined peer review enabled the Ideas Grants round to be completed despite COVID-19.
  • Outcomes were released before the end of the year thanks to exceptional support from peer reviewers across the sector.
  • Communique
  • 15 December 2020

Budget 2020-21 

Support for the critical role of health and medical research in improving the health of the Australian community continues in the 2020-21 Budget handed down on 6 October by the Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP.

  • Communique
  • 6 October 2020
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NHMRC Dementia Research News

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) remains committed to supporting dementia research in Australia following the end of the Australian Government's Boosting Dementia Research Initiative (BDRI).

  • News
  • 18 September 2020

Improving kidney health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Associate Professor Jaqui Hughes from the Menzies School of Health Research received the 2019 NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Award at NHMRC’s Research Excellence Awards ceremony in March 2020. Kidney disease is a significant health priority among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The cohort study being led by A/Professor Hughes will describe the long-term changes in kidney function over 10 years. This will provide critical data to inform regional and national policy on identification and care of people with kidney disease.

  • InFocus
  • 18 September 2020

Aboriginal mental health research and the importance of resilience

Developing better understanding of effective therapeutic practices with Aboriginal clients, in Aboriginal community settings, and with Aboriginal practitioners, across the spectrum of mental health and social and emotional wellbeing outcomes is the goal of Dr Graham Gee.

  • InFocus
  • 10 July 2020

Almost $400 million in world-leading health and medical research projects to improve the lives of all Australians.

The Investigator Grant scheme is NHMRC’s flagship scheme, developed as part of a major reform of NHMRC’s grant program. This is the second round of Investigator Grants to be awarded. A total of 237 leading researchers across all career stages will receive five-year Investigator Grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

  • InFocus
  • 20 May 2020

Additional NHMRC support for COVID-19 research

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has announced additional funding for research to support the response to COVID-19.

  • Media release
  • 14 April 2020

Update – Changes to NHMRC 2020 Funding Schemes

Further to my message to the health and medical research sector on 19 March, NHMRC has been working hard and consulting with Research Committee and a number of peak stakeholder groups to develop a way forward in these very uncertain and challenging times.

  • Communique
  • 27 March 2020

$5.6 million for research into healthy ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Australian Government is investing more than $5.6 million in medical research focusing on healthy ageing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

  • Media release
  • 9 July 2019

Healthcare key to bridging determinants of health

“Capacity development is something I’m really passionate about and there is definitely a need for it” - Dr Odette Pearson.

  • News
  • 3 June 2019

Making the maternal health system better for all women

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal health, and rural and remote services are two key areas of research for Professor Caroline Homer.

  • InFocus
  • 23 May 2019