MFR 10 - Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia

Matter for Review

10. "Ways in which health and medical research interacts, and should interact, with other Government health policies and programs; including health technology assessments and the pharmaceutical and medical services assessment processes."


NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health

NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health aims to improve the availability and quality of research evidence to decision makers who design policy and to inform the policy process by supporting more effective connections between the decision makers and the researchers.

The NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health initiative consists of two types of award: Partnership Projects and Partnership Centres.

By building Australia’s capacity to produce applied research of high quality science, these awards will help provide answers to the complex and difficult questions that decision makers face when designing policies that affect Australians’ health and health care.

NHMRC Development Grants

NHMRC Development Grants provide funding support to individual researchers, research teams, or a HMR company in partnership with a researcher/s to undertake research at the early proof-of-principle or pre-seed stage.

The Scheme supports the commercial development of a product, process, procedure or service that if applied, would result in improved health care, disease prevention or provide health cost savings.

An NHMRC commissioned review of the outcomes of Development Grants is currently in progress to analyse and evaluate the economic outcomes and benefits delivered to government and the Australian people through this scheme. The Review Report is due for completion in March 2012.

NHMRC Guidelines

In the health and medical fields, NHMRC guidelines provide the evidence-based information needed to achieve best practice. In regard to ethical issues in those fields, NHMRC guidelines reflect the community's range of attitudes and concerns.

The National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 requires NHMRC to develop evidence-based guidelines. NHMRC produces them in three broad categories:

  • population health – for example, guidelines on drinking water quality, nutrition and alcohol consumption
  • ethics – for example, guidelines on organ donation, post coma unresponsiveness and the wellbeing of animals used in research
  • clinical practice – for example, guidelines for the treatment of diabetes, breast cancer and stroke rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Information on how NHMRC develops guidelines
  • NHMRC Guidelines and Publications (by subject)

The Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports international and interdisciplinary collaborations in basic research, focusing on complex mechanisms of living organisms. Australia is a member through the NHMRC.

Particular emphasis is placed on: