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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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Insufficient evidence for the safety of e-cigarettes

National Health and Medical Research Council CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO, has today released a statement updating Australians on the latest evidence for the safety, quality and efficacy of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).  The statement concludes that ‘there is currently insufficient evidence to support claims that e-cigarettes are safe, and further research is required to enable the long-term safety, quality and efficacy of e‑cigarettes to be assessed.’ E-cigarettes continue to be...

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February 2017

$125 million to help our scientists make the next great medical discovery

The Hon Greg Hunt MP – Minister for Health, Minister for Sport The Turnbull Government is backing Australia’s world-leading medical researchers and scientists with $125.3 million to support their work in making the next major medical breakthrough. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding includes almost $39 million to fight multiple types of cancer facing children and adults, marking a significant investment on World Cancer Day.    The...

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