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July 2018

Research into lifestyle related chronic conditions given funding injection

Senator the Hon. Bridget Mckenzie - Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Minister for Sport, Minister for Rural Health, Minister for Regional Communications, Senator for Victoria  The Hon Greg Hunt MP—Minister for Health, Minister for Sport The Coalition Government has today announced funding of $7.7 million for the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to further research into how Australians’ lifestyles contribute to chronic conditions and how to prevent them. The Centre founded in 2013...

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National Dementia Network to Fast-Track Cures

Australia’s quest to find cures and prevent and better manage dementia will be turbocharged by the new Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), including memory centres and a registry of clinical trial volunteers to fast-track research. Australia’s quest to find cures and prevent and better manage dementia will be turbocharged by the new Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), including memory centres and a registry of clinical trial volunteers to fast-track research. Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM...

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June 2018

HPV Champion and childhood blindness researcher honoured

Twenty of Australia’s finest health and medical researchers have been honoured at the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) annual Research Excellence Awards in Canberra. The prestigious awards recognise recent outstanding performance in the health and medical research field. Among those honoured are Dr Lisa Whop receiving the Rising Star Award and Associate Professor James Bourne receiving the Marshall and Warren Award. The Rising Star Award celebrates the achievements of...

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Research sector strengthens commitment to research integrity

A new code of conduct will help safeguard the quality and integrity of Australian research.  Released today, the new Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 (the 2018 Code) and Guide to Managing Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Investigation Guide) demonstrate Australia’s commitment to ensuring the highest quality research in Australia. The 2018 Code provides a new principles-based approach to the responsible...

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May 2018

Professor Anne Kelso reappointed NHMRC CEO

Highly distinguished and respected medical researcher Professor Anne Kelso AO has been reappointed as CEO of the Australian Government’s leading health and medical research agency for a further five years—until 2023. Professor Kelso was first appointed CEO of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in April 2015 and has performed an outstanding role in leading the Council’s main agenda - working to build a healthy Australia. Professor Kelso has continued to successfully...

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AFL superstar joins push to get more Aussies into clinical trials

The Turnbull Government is launching a national awareness campaign to get to get more Australians into ground-breaking clinical trials, opening up access to life-saving new medicines and treatments. The Helping Our Health awareness campaign will be led by four-time AFL premiership player and Hawthorn Football Club Captain, Jarryd Roughead. Roughhead will be the official ambassador for the campaign and signed up after gaining an understanding of the importance and benefits of clinical trials...

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International collaboration to improve the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples through research

Improving the health and wellness of Indigenous Peoples in Australia, New Zealand and Canada is the goal driving a partnership between three medical research funding agencies.   In December 2017, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC), the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) renewed their commitment to collaborate on mutual health research priorities for Indigenous Peoples in these three...

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April 2018

Medical research into flesh-eating ulcer

The Turnbull Government is providing $1.5 million in medical research funding to help better understand the flesh eating Buruli ulcer and reduce its spread in Australia. This funding will be used by the University of Melbourne to study mosquitoes in areas around Victoria where Buruli ulcers have been reported. There has recently been a spike in cases of the bacterial infection which causes weeping ulcers and can lead to serious injury. This terrible disease has been found to occur in Far...

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Bold new research to reduce dementia impact on first peoples

The high rate of dementia in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is being targeted through five ground-breaking research projects that aim to boost dementia prevention, slow its onset and improve the lives of First Peoples living with the condition. The Turnbull Government has allocated $14 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to tackle the rising challenge of Aboriginal dementia. “These projects are an important part of the Turnbull...

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December 2017

Major $640 million investment in Australia’s world-leading medical research

The Turnbull Government will invest $640 million to support Australia’s world-leading health and medical researchers as they continue their work in the laboratory, clinic and the community to find the next major medical breakthrough. Cancer research continues to be a major priority for the Turnbull Government with $109 million allocated to projects for research into better cancer detection, treatments, care and cures. I am delighted to announce the funding today at the Australian National...

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Funding Australia's top female health and medical researchers

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for Australia’s most talented female researchers will get a boost through a new initiative. The initiative will reduce the difference in funded rates between male and female lead investigators for Project Grants, NHMRC’s largest funding scheme. Every year the funded rates for Project Grants are higher for men than women. This initiative will reduce this gap by funding an additional 34 women lead investigators in 2017. In 2017, 3345...

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November 2017

$53 million to find better mental health treatments and care

The Turnbull Government will provide more than $53 million for new research into better treatments, prevention and care for Australian patients facing mental health challenges. A total of 47 projects will be funded across Australia to support some of our nation’s brightest researchers. With four million Australians experiencing some form of mental illness each year, health and medical research is critical to addressing this growing and significant health challenge. The Turnbull Government...

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$33 Million for WA Researchers Promises a Healthier Future

The impact of pregnant mothers’ diets on their babies’ food allergies is among 37 significant Western Australian research projects to share in over $33 million in funding from the Turnbull Government. Announcing the grants today, Aged Care Minister and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt said they would cover a range of innovative research, including preterm birth, lung disease, heart disease and cancer. “This is a golden age for WA and Australian medical research, with projects that will...

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Over $4 million in medical research projects in Western Australia

The Turnbull Government will invest $4.62 million in seven Western Australian health research projects at Curtin University, aimed at improving the lives of Australian patients. The projects to be undertaken include investigating lower back pain, examining vitamin D deficiency and addressing issues relating to heavy binge drinking. Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, said the grants will support researchers with funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). “This funding...

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Genetics Promise Personalised Treatment to Prevent Blindness

The Turnbull Government has today invested $9.46 million in genetics research aimed at preventing glaucoma blindness, through personalised treatments. Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said the $9.4 million grant to Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health would help tackle the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness. “The potential to personalise treatment through genetics is exciting because glaucoma already affects...

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Record $24 million for cardiovascular disease research

The Turnbull Government will invest a record $24 million to support landmark research into cardiovascular disease by The George Institute for Global Health. With 4.2 million Australian adults having a disease of the circulatory system, including 1.2 million with cardiovascular conditions such as stroke and heart disease, research investment is critical. This is National Health and Medical Research Council’s third largest grant ever provided for medical research in Australia and the largest...

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$70 million boost for Australia’s next generation of medical researchers

The Turnbull Government is today announcing an additional $70 million for Australian health and medical researchers to help boost their research capability and to find innovative, practical solutions for better health care. This investment is being made over the next five years from 2017-18 through the Turnbull Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Next Generation Clinical Researchers program. This program will boost the talent and capacity of Australia’s health and medical...

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Over $2 million announced for brain trauma research

The Federal Coalition Government has today announced a $2 million boost for brain trauma research, thanks to two grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Assistant Minister for Health, the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, made the announcement in Melbourne at today’s Trauma Verification Symposium hosted by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Minister Gillespie said the NHMRC grants were another example of the Government delivering on its commitment to support...

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Providing $9.46 million for innovative new diabetes research project

Today on World Diabetes Day, the Turnbull Government is delighted to announce that we will invest $9.46 million to support new research into type 1 diabetes (T1D) – a disease for which there is no known cure. The project will be run by St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne and will bring together four of Australia’s top research teams. Type 1 diabetes represents around 10 per cent of all cases of diabetes and is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions. It affects...

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Newcastle University to receive $12.2 million medical research boost

The Federal Coalition Government is today announcing significant support for medical research at the University of Newcastle with $12.2 million to fund 19 major medical research projects. Provided through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), these grants will allow Newcastle University to continue its work in driving innovative, high quality research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases including asthma, emphysema and influenza. Minister for Health,...

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$12 Million NT Investment Aims to Save Lives and Close the Gap in Indigenous Health

The Turnbull Government will fund nine landmark Northern Territory medical research projects worth over $12 million, aiming to save children’s lives and help close the gap in Indigenous health. Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM today announced the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding for researchers at Darwin’s Menzies School of Medical Research, covering Indigenous-specific and broader health projects. “This...

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Public Statement on Water Fluoridation: Latest NHMRC advice on Community Water Fluoridation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released its latest advice on community water fluoridation. NHMRC continues to support Australian state and territories fluoridating their water supplies within the range of 0.6 to 1.1 mg/L, given fluoride’s role in reducing tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most common health issues in Australia, affecting five out of ten children and nine out of ten adults. It can cause pain, difficulty eating and sleeping as well as costly...

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October 2017

$200 million research boost to improve the lives of Australian patients

The Turnbull Government is investing over $200 million in world-leading medical research projects to improve the lives of patients battling cancers, mental health illnesses and chronic disease. In addition to this significant investment in medical research, the Turnbull Government is providing $5 million to CanTeen under the Medical Research Future Fund Accelerated Research program to improve access to cutting edge breakthroughs for adolescents and young adults with cancer. The...

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August 2017

$40 million for dementia research projects

The Turnbull Government is allocating more than $40 million to medical research projects which will improve the lives of Australians fighting dementia. Dementia is one of the leading causes of death in Australia and we must do everything we can to investigate and the causes and effects of this terrible disease. People with dementia and their carers helped set the priorities for these research projects and contributed to the expert review which picked the successful grants. The 45 projects...

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July 2017

Outstanding Australian researchers recognised

Exceptional researchers in the fields of infectious disease, autoimmunity, chronic pain and Parkinson’s disease are among the Australian researchers honoured with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Research Excellence Awards. Speaking at the awards dinner, Professor Anne Kelso, CEO of NHMRC, said that the award winners are among Australia’s most talented senior and emerging researchers. ‘Each year NHMRC provides over $800 million in funding for health and medical research in...

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Public Statement on water fluoridation open for public consultation

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released for public consultation a draft Public Statement on community water fluoridation. NHMRC continues to support fluoridating water given fluoride’s role in reducing tooth decay. NHMRC invites the public to make a submission through its online public consultation portal at https://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au. Consultation closes on 3 August 2017. Following a thorough review of the evidence, NHMRC confirms that...

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June 2017

Outstanding researcher recognised with Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research

The Hon Greg Hunt MP—Minister for Health, Minister for Sport Tonight I had the privilege to present Dr Julian Elliott from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine with the annual Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research for 2017. This prestigious award recognises outstanding individual achievement by a mid-career Australian researcher and it was an honour to give Dr Elliott this award at the Medical Research Week...

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May 2017

Medical research reforms to improve our future health

The Turnbull Government provides more than $800 million through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) each year to fund life-changing research. Health and medical research is one of the four pillars of the Government’s Long-Term National Health Plan. It saves lives and plays a critical role in improving our health system. I am therefore delighted to announce NHMRC’s new research funding program. The new program will reduce the burden on researchers in applying for funding...

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Report on promoting social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants in pregnancy and the first year of life released today

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released the Report on the Evidence: promoting social and emotional development and wellbeing of infants in pregnancy and the first year of life (Report on the Evidence). It summarises the findings of 51 systematic literature reviews and analyses the types of interventions aimed at promoting infants’ and children’s social and emotional wellbeing.     ‘The Report of the Evidence is the first of its kind for...

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April 2017

NHMRC releases updated assisted reproductive technology guidelines

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) today released the Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017 (ART guidelines). This update replaces the 2007 ART guidelines and provides contemporary ethical guidance for the conduct of ART in the clinical setting. The ART guidelines articulate ethical principles and, when read in conjunction with federal and state or territory legislation, create a robust framework...

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