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NHMRC has a well-established role in the development of ethical advice for ART. The ART guidelines are used by professional organisations to set standards for the practice of ART. The ART guidelines are primarily intended for ART clinicians, clinic nurses, embryologists, counsellors and administrators, researchers, Human Research Ethics Committees, and governments.
NHMRC is currently working with an expert advisory committee to develop a new online resource for guideline developers that will update its current methodological advice.
We are committed to setting high standards in ethics in health care and research.
Guidelines and tools about assisted reproductive technology; clinical ethics; embryo research, stem cells and human cloning; organ and tissue donation and transplantation; privacy; research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We issue guidelines to support high-quality clinical and research practice. We also help other researchers and clinicians to develop guidelines in their areas of expertise.
This Targeted Call for Research (TCR) aims to provide funding for culturally appropriate research that specifically addresses dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (referred to as ‘Indigenous Australians’ for the purposes of this TCR) and the impact on their families and carers.
Listing the recipients of funding, as well as characteristics of the successful institution or researcher, from 2013 onward.
NHMRC has responsibility for monitoring compliance and investigating potential non-compliance with the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 (RIHE Act) and the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 (PHCR Act).
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is the Australian Government’s primary health and medical research funding agency. With NHMRC support, Australia undertakes outstanding health and medical research which has contributed to significant improvements in individual and population health.
The NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme funds successful applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Research Masters Degree).
Priority Round 1 is about the implementation of dementia research into clinical practice and care in various settings, such as hospitals, community, aged care facilities and general practice. Applications addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health are encouraged, as are applications targeted at regional and remote community health.
Organ and tissue transplantation is an effective and well-established treatment, with the potential to drastically improve the health and life of recipients. However, despite increasing success rates and the broadening of recipient eligibility and organ suitability criteria, the demand for organs and tissues continues to exceed their availability.
The Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 requires that research on human embryos can only be conducted under a licence issued by the NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee. Licensable activities include: some uses of excess assisted reproductive technology embryos; the creation or use of certain other human embryos; research or training involving fertilisation of a human egg by a human sperm, or other activities specified in the legislation.
Licence holders are responsible for ensuring that their organisations comply with licence conditions. Each person who is identified in the licence conditions as an authorised person must be fully informed about the licence and its conditions and the requirements of the legislation and any corresponding state or territory law.
NHMRC funds research through institutions that it has approved to administer NHMRC grants.
Information for Institutions reporting on compliance against the NHMRC Funding Agreement.
Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) review all research proposals involving human participants to ensure that they are ethically acceptable. There are more than 200 HRECs in research organisations across Australia.
In multi-centre research, it is important that the policies and processes of an institution and its Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) comply with Australian guidelines, but that this requirement does not take time and resources away from researchers.