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Consuming a sensible, balanced diet can help us to achieve optimal health throughout life. NHMRC has guidelines for healthy eating based on the best available scientific evidence.
Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol.
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.
There is no single solution to infection prevention and control - a collaborative approach is required. NHMRC’s guidelines outline strategies to consider across the healthcare system and early childhood education settings.
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.
NHMRC established the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Advisory Committee under section 39 of the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992 to advise the NHMRC Chief Executive Officer on the current needs for research and clinical guidance on ME/CFS. The Committee finalised its report in late April 2019.
NHMRC contributes to the National Water Quality Management Strategy. The strategy aims to protect our water resources while delivering good quality water to meet the needs of communities, businesses, industry and the environment.
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).
Vitamin K helps blood to clot. Administering vitamin K soon after birth prevents serious bleeding in infants. By the age of around 6 months, infants have built up their own supply of vitamin K. An NHMRC joint statement recommends that all newborn infants receive vitamin K.
Complementary and alternative medicine’ describes a wide range of healthcare medicines and therapies. Many Australians use complementary medicines for specific health conditions or health benefits. To help Australians to make informed decisions about their health care, we support research into complementary and alternative medicine and publish information about the effectiveness of various treatments.
NHMRC has developed the following resources to provide information and advice to clinicians and researchers on genetics or genomics and human 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 develops and supports high quality guidelines for clinical practice, public health, environmental health and ethics.
Reducing exposure to lead is an important health issue in Australia because lead can be found throughout our environment. We have provided advice to the community, policy makers and health practitioners on this issue.
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.