Information for Guideline Developers

Early notification of RFT for new NHMRC Health Evidence Panel

NHMRC has a legislated role in providing high quality evidence based health advice to government and the community. 

NHMRC has hosted a panel since 2009, and is now scoping requirements for a new panel (Health Evidence and Methods Panel) that will replace the current Health Evidence Panel (HEP) when it expires in May 2018.  These panels form an essential element of NHMRC’s health advice development processes, supporting the translation of research into policy and practice. Other agencies, such as the Australian Government Department of Health, also use the panel arrangements.

NHMRC sources expertise from the current HEP to assist in developing and presenting evidence-based health advice and resources, including:

  1. clinical practice,  public and environmental health guidelines
  2. guidelines on ethical issues related to health and research
  3. overviews, systematic reviews and literature reviews
  4. public statements
  5. information papers.

Current HEP providers have a demonstrated expertise in any or all of the following specialised areas:

  1. evidence based guideline development processes
  2. research methods and evidence appraisal including the development of systematic reviews
  3. quantitative and qualitative analysis of scientific, medical and health information including but not limited to research methodology, epidemiology, qualitative research, biostatistics  and health economics
  4. writing, editing, and proofreading of health and medical related documents, including evidence-based guidelines.

While it gives no guarantee about the final RFT content, NHMRC may amend or delete any of the above and is considering adding the following new categories:

  1. overviews of systematic reviews
  2. toxicological data and regulatory evidence reviews to examine effects of environmental exposure
  3. modelling activities for guidelines, for example modelling risk/exposure to inform guideline development
  4. evaluation of health guidelines, policies and/or programs.

Those interested in tendering for the new Health Evidence and Methods Panel should monitor the NHMRC website leading up to October 2017, and/or register interest with Austender.

2016 NHMRC Standards for Guidelines

NHMRC’s 2016 Standards for Guidelines were developed by NHMRC’s Advisory Group on the Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence in order to bring Australia’s standards for guidelines up to date and into line with similar standards internationally.

They are applicable to all guidelines containing recommendations for clinical practice, public health and environmental health.

NHMRC’s Guideline Approval Program

NHMRC approval of a clinical practice guideline developed by another organisation indicates that the guideline is of a high quality, based on the best available evidence and developed to rigorous standards.

Find out how to seek NHMRC approval of your guideline

Resources for guideline developers

NHMRC has a variety of resources for guideline developer. 

Resources for guideline developers

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Development Register

The Guidelines Register is for Australian guideline developers to share information about their guideline in development.

Clinical Practice Guidelines in Development Register

Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal

The Portal has been developed to help Australian clinicians and consumers access clinical practice guidelines via a single entry point.

Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal

NHMRC develops clinical practice, population health and ethics guidelines.

To find out more on how NHMRC develops its guidelines 

Guideline activity in Australia

NHMRC monitors guideline activity in Australia and describes trends in important quality indicators.

Reporting on Australian clinical practice guidelines