NHMRC Updates 2017

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June 2017

Dementia deprescribing guideline released for public consultation

The University of Sydney (the developer) has released the Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for deprescribing cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine in people with dementia for public consultation until 6 July 2017. The developer will be seeking NHMRC approval of the guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. To access the guideline and provide comment please go to: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/cdpc/news-events-participation/...

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Wed, 07/06/2017 - 16:47

Perinatal mental health guideline released for public consultation

The Centre of Perinatal Excellence (the developer) has released an update to the Effective mental health care in the perinatal period: Australian clinical practice guideline for public consultation until 4 July 2017. The developer will be seeking NHMRC approval of the guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. To access the guideline and provide comment please go to: http://cope.org.au/about/review-of-new-perinatal-mental-health-guidelines/

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Wed, 07/06/2017 - 16:28

Antenatal guidelines released for public consultation

The Department of Health (the developer) has released a partial update to the Clinical Practice Guidelines - Antenatal Care for public consultation until 27 June 2017. The developer will be seeking NHMRC approval of the guidelines under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. To access the guidelines and provide comment please go to Department of Health website. 

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Thu, 01/06/2017 - 15:32

Public consultation on “A Framework for NHMRC Assessment and Funding of Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies”

Public consultation on “A Framework for NHMRC Assessment and Funding of Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies”  is now open on the NHMRC Public Consultations Portal. 

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Thu, 01/06/2017 - 14:19

May 2017

NHMRC’s new grant program—information now available

Information on NHMRC’s new grant program is available at future.nhmrc.gov.au.

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Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:26

Announcement on NHMRC’s grant program – livestream available

The Minister for Health and Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, will announce changes to NHMRC’s grant program at Parliament House on Thursday 25 May 2017. A live stream of the announcement will be available at 10am AEST: Please click here to view announcement. (Please note that the link will not be active until just prior to the event.) 

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Wed, 24/05/2017 - 15:20

NHMRC to announce changes to its grant funding program

NHMRC is moving forward with improvements to its grant funding program to ensure it continues to support the best Australian health and medical research and researchers. A restructured grant funding program will be implemented in late 2018 – early 2019, for peer review during 2019 and funding in 2020. The Minister for Health and Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, and the NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso, will announce these changes at Parliament House next week. A live stream of the announcement...

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Fri, 19/05/2017 - 09:32

Extension to Targeted Call for Research into Dementia in Indigenous Australians

The opening period for the TCR into Dementia in Indigenous Australians has been extended.  Please be advised of the revised dates below (applicable for this call only): Minimum data due in RGMS – 5:00pm AEST 28 June 2017 Closing date for applications – 5:00pm AEST 12 July 2017

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Thu, 11/05/2017 - 16:56

Budget 2017: NHMRC welcomes the first round of expenditure from the Medical Research Future Fund

The Australian Government announced the first round of investments from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) in the 2017 Budget. This MRFF funding is in addition to the Australian Government’s funding of around $800m per year to NHMRC for health and medical research. The independent Australian Medical Research Advisory Board supporting the MRFF noted in their inaugural Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy 2016-2021 that the MRFF will neither replicate the role of, nor operate...

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Wed, 10/05/2017 - 09:31

April 2017

Targeted Calls for Research into mental health of older Australians

elderly_hands.jpg Image source: iStock NHMRC has opened two Targeted Calls for Research (TCRs) to address important aspects of mental health in older Australians.  The first TCR focuses on Dementia in Indigenous Australians and is part of the Australian Government’s Boosting Dementia Research budget measure.  In partnership with beyondblue, the second TCR is for research applications addressing Depression, Anxiety and Suicide in Elderly...

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Thu, 20/04/2017 - 09:19

Postgraduate Scholarships – Opening Wednesday 12 April 2017

Applications for 2017 Postgraduate Scholarships for funding commencing in 2018 are now open.  Postgraduate Scholarships fund successful applicants to obtain a research based postgraduate degree (PhD or Masters). The scheme aims to support outstanding health and medical graduates early in their career so they can be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive and develop a capacity for original independent research within Australia. Scholarships are awarded in a variety...

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Tue, 11/04/2017 - 16:05

TRIP Fellowships – Opening Wednesday 5 April 2017

Applications for 2017 Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships for funding commencing in 2018 are now open. TRIP Fellowships provide support for health care professionals, health care personnel, health systems personnel, health researchers and health policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements. This scheme offers two year fellowships providing for 0.5 of a full-time equivalent position, to ensure time and support for future leaders to...

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Wed, 05/04/2017 - 09:25

March 2017

Submit an abstract for the 6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation

The call for abstracts for the Symposium to be held in Brisbane in November 2017 is now open. The theme for this year is "The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change". Co-hosted by NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute this year, the Symposium will present an outstanding opportunity to focus on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice....

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Fri, 24/03/2017 - 15:54

Venous Leg Ulcer guideline released for public consultation

Wounds Australia has released the draft Pan-Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcers 2nd Edition for public consultation (open from 16 March to 21 April 2017). It will be seeking NHMRC approval of this guideline under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

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Fri, 24/03/2017 - 09:47

Apply now for Program Grants funding

Funding for 2017 Program Grants commencing in 2019 is now open. Program Grants provide support for teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research activities. Teams will be expected to contribute to new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research. The scheme is available for all research approaches relevant to better health—biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research...

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Wed, 22/03/2017 - 11:58

2016 NHMRC Standards for Guidelines now released

NHMRC’s 2016 Standards for Guidelines have been developed 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.

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Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:11

Colorectal cancer guidelines released for public consultation

Cancer Council Australia has released the draft Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer for public consultation (open from 10 March to 8 April 2017). Cancer Council Australia will be seeking NHMRC approval of these guidelines under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.

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Wed, 15/03/2017 - 08:19

February 2017

Minor Amendments to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has approved minor amendments to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. The NHMRC CEO has approved these amendments under section 14A of the National Health and Medical Research Act 1992 (NHMRC Act). The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical information for Australian immunisation providers on the safest and most effective use of vaccines, new vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases in Australia.  The...

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Wed, 22/02/2017 - 16:10

January 2017

Seeking involvement of industry experts in NHMRC peer review

NHMRC invites individuals with industry experience related to health and medical research commercialisation to participate in peer review of the Development Grants scheme.  The Development Grants scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service to improve health and medical outcomes. Further information is available on the NHMRC website. 2017 DEVELOPMENT GRANTS – Key Peer Review Information Commercialisation assessors are required to have five...

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Mon, 30/01/2017 - 08:23

Save the date—2017 Annual Research Translation Symposium

NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute will co-host the 6th Annual Research Translation Symposium in 2017. The Symposium will be held in Brisbane on 14–15 November with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health research and knowledge translation.  More information and call for abstracts will be released in March 2017.

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Mon, 23/01/2017 - 16:15

Launch of the National Scientific Committees: A new Clinical Trials resource

image.png Photo credit: iStock Two new National Scientific Committees will provide expert advice to researchers and Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) on complex genetic studies and clinical trials involving medical devices. Established by the NHMRC as a pilot project, the Committees will safeguard participant wellbeing and improve the start-up times for medical research. During the pilot project, all HRECs will have access to expertise in areas of...

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Fri, 20/01/2017 - 09:25

Apply now for CDFs and Partnership Projects funding

Funding for 2017 Career Development Fellowships commencing in 2018 is now open. Career Development Fellowships (CDFs) are highly competitive, four-year fellowships that recognise and provide support for the most outstanding early to mid-career health and medical researchers in each Fellowship category. CDFs can be applied for at one of two levels depending on the applicant’s career stage—CDF Level 1 or CDF Level 2.  Applications close 5pm AEDT Wednesday 8 March 2017. Funding for 2017...

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Wed, 18/01/2017 - 16:13

Funding for Early Career Fellowships now open

The 2017 round of Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) for funding commencing in 2018 is now open.  The purpose of NHMRC Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) is to provide opportunities for Australian researchers to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health. A major objective of the scheme is to foster career development at the postdoctoral level by encouraging the beneficial experience of a different research environment.  Applicants...

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Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:20