We have published a wealth of information on Australian health and medical research, and on specific issues relating to Australian health and health care. These include statements, strategies, guidelines and other reports – all of which are publicly available.
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This factsheet aims to support people to: understand the basics of DNA, genes and chromosomes; consider whether to get tested; understand the potential outcomes of the genetic testing process; and find more information and support.
The full title of this factsheet is: DNA Genetic Testing in the Australian Context: A Statement from the National Health and Medical Research Council.
This handbook outlines the requirements and procedures for the certification of institutions under our National Certification Scheme of Institutional Processes Related to the Ethical Review of Multi-centre Research.
The handbook is currently under review. Before commencing steps to apply for certification, please contact us at HREC.email@example.com for further advice.
The Infant Feeding Guidelines are written to assist health workers provide consistent advice about breastfeeding and infant feeding. They provide a review of the evidence, and clear evidence-based recommendations on infant feeding for health workers.
The aim of the statement is to provide the general public with information on the assessment and management of cancer clusters. It is intended to support guidelines issues by State and Territory Departments and Cancer Councils.
Updated in August 2018, the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011) provides guidance to water regulators and suppliers on monitoring and managing drinking water quality.
The 2010 Legislation review of the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 and the research involving human embryos Act 2002 offers a review of legislation regarding the use of human clones for reproduction and the use of human embryos in research.
The Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011 NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines are designed to support guideline developers, including those seeking NHMRC approval, to ensure that guidelines are developed to the highest standard.
The Community water planner: A tool for small communities to develop drinking water management plans was a web-based tool developed to help assess and manage the risks in remote Australian community water supplies.
Iodine is an essential nutrient that humans need in very small quantities. The thyroid uses iodine to produce hormones vital to ensure normal development of the brain and nervous system before birth, in babies and young children. For this reason, it is very important that pregnant and breastfeeding women get enough iodine.
The Glaucoma Guidelines provide current best evidence and recommendations for the detection, diagnosis, risk management and prevention of glaucoma.
The Vitamin K administration to newborn infants to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infancy recommendations for Vitamin K to be given to newborn children.
The National Health and Medical Research Council in collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare are updating the 2010 Guidelines.
This version is rescinded. Please see updated guidelines here.
Road map II: A strategic framework for improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through research
Road map II: A strategic framework for improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through research will be used by the NHMRC’s Research Committee to identify research topics requiring priority funding.
The paper identifies key issues that should be considered in relation to genetic testing, and identifies relevant resources, guidelines, standards, and requirements that are pertinent for the delivery of genetic testing in Australia.
This patient information brochure is designed to raise awareness of the importance of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention among hospital patients.
National Institute of Clinical Studies has developed a set of evidence-based resources to improve the care of acute stroke patients in emergency departments.
This guide emphasises the importance of basing guideline recommendations on the systematic identification and synthesis of the best available scientific evidence. Levels of evidence, quality of evidence, relevance of evidence and strength of evidence are outlined.
This handbook explains the usefulness and relevance of economics in clinical practice guidelines. It provides information on how to assess cost-effectiveness and if a chosen alternative is economically feasible.
How to Prepare and Present Evidence-based Information for Consumers of Health Services: A Literature Review presents evidence-based information help health service users with decision making.
This handbook focuses on changing clinical practice through dissemination and implementation of clinical guidelines or other evidence-based information.
Human Ethics Committees have a difficult and sometimes controversial role in guiding the Australian research community’s work with people. Challenging ethical issues in contemporary research on human beings focuses on some of the most challenging ethical issues using case studies and through discussions.
The Guidelines to promote the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes: The assessment and alleviation of pain and distress in research animals (2008) provide guidance on how to support and safeguard the wellbeing of animals used for scientific purposes.
Notice: This publication is more than five years old and may no longer reflect current evidence or best practice.
The Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Augmentation of drinking water supplies builds on guidance provided in Phase 1 on the planned use of recycled water (treated sewage and stormwater) to top up drinking water supplies.
NHMRC provides advice about the care of people in post-coma unresponsiveness (vegetative state) or a minimally responsive state.
These guidelines aim to protect Australians from threats posed by the recreational use of coastal, estuarine and fresh water environments. These guidelines are currently being updated by NHMRC’s Recreational Water Quality Advisory Committee.
This criteria must be used for determining embryos that are considered unsuitable for implantation and that may be used for research. The NHMRC will continue to work with the scientific community to update and refine these Objective Criteria as additional scientifically authenticated information becomes available.
These guidelines outline ethical principles for health professionals involved in donation after death and provide guidance on how these principles can be put into practice.
This booklet aims to help people think through some ethical issues and make decisions about living organ and tissue donation. If you are thinking of making a living donation, the doctors caring for you can give you more information that is relevant to your situation.
The booklet aims to help people think through some ethical issues and make informed decisions about organ and tissue donation after death.
These guidelines outline ethical practice for health professionals involved in living organ and tissue donation and provides guidance on how these principles can be put into practice.
The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2007 (the 2007 Code) guides institutions and researchers in responsible research practices and promotes research integrity. It assists institutions in developing their own employee codes of conduct and procedures for the investigation of allegations of research misconduct by providing a comprehensive framework of acceptable academic standards.
This document outlines required essential nutrient intake believed adequate to meet the nutritional needs of the majority of healthy people to prevent deficiency. The document can be used by health professionals to assess the likelihood of inadequate intake in individuals or groups.
Cultural Competency in health: A guide for policy, partnerships and participation is designed to help policy makers and stakeholders develop culturally competent policies throughout the health system.
Making decisions about tests and treatments: principles for better communication provides principles for healthcare consumers and healthcare professionals.
Keeping research on track: a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about health research ethics is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities when they are considering conducting or being involved with health research.
Review of the use of microwave therapy for the treatment of patients with cancer is the final report on the therapeutic effectiveness of microwave (UHF radiowave) cancer therapy as practised by Dr John Holt in Western Australia.
This handbook provides information to assist developers of clinical practice guidelines in summarising the evidence of the effects of socioeconomic position and other markers of disadvantage, on health outcomes and health care delivery.
Values and ethics - Guidelines for ethical conduct in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research
This document provides guidance to researchers and Human Research Ethics Committees on the complex considerations necessary in the conception, design and conduct of appropriate research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
How to use the evidence: Assessment and application of scientific evidence focuses on how to evaluate and use the evidence gathered from a systematic literature review to inform the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines.
How to review the evidence: Systematic identification and review of the scientific literature describes how to systematically identify scientific literature relevant to a particular question.
How to present the evidence for consumers: Preparation of consumer publications is based on current scientific literature about how to best prepare and present evidence-based information.
The statement of strategic intent of NHMRC is to work in consultation with governments and the community for the health of all Australians, by promoting informed debate on ethics and policy, providing knowledge based advice, fostering a high quality and internationally recognised research base and applying research rigour to health issues.
The Australian Health Ethics Committee is concerned with the ethical implications of medical research and practice and of health care in general. One of the committee's major current interests is in the ethics of health care resource allocation. This is the second paper of a series on this topic.