National Health and Medical Research Council

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National Health and Medical Research Council
Agency overview
Formed 1936
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Headquarters Level 1, 16 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
Motto Working to build a healthy Australia
Minister responsible
Parent department Department of Health

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak funding body for medical research, with a budget of roughly $700 million a year.[1] The Council was established to develop and maintain health standards and is responsible for implementing the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.[citation needed]

This body is a material agency and is incorporated under the federal Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. It was a part of the Department of Health and Ageing portfolio until mid-2007. It is now a self-governing statutory authority.


In 2010, the NHMRC's new online system for grant applications was the subject of criticism after a series of technical problems.[2]

Medical research grading[edit]

The NHMRC research grading is commonly used to assess medical publications. These include, from the most reliable to least: systematic review, randomized control trial, cohort study, case control, case series.[3]


The NHMRC funds research programs that pathologize intersex variations as disorders, despite criticism of such approaches by community organisation Organisation Intersex International Australia,[4][5] a Senate committee,[6] and international human rights bodies.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NHMRC research funding datasets 1990–2010 
  2. ^ Healy, Guy (17 March 2010). "Online grants system proves a nightmare". The Australian. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "NHMRC additional levels of evidence and grades for recommendations for developers of guidelines" (PDF). Australian Government. National Health and Medical Research Council. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Carpenter, Morgan; Organisation Intersex International Australia (6 February 2015). Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights Snapshot Report. Sydney: Organisation Intersex International Australia. 
  5. ^ Carpenter, Morgan; Organisation Intersex International Australia (April 30, 2014), Submission on the Review of Part B of the Ethical Guidelines for the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research, 2007, Sydney: Organisation Intersex International Australia 
  6. ^ Australian Senate; Community Affairs References Committee (October 2013), Involuntary or coerced sterilisation of intersex people in Australia, Canberra: Community Affairs References Committee, ISBN 9781742299174 
  7. ^ Council of Europe; Commissioner for Human Rights (April 2015), Human rights and intersex people, Issue Paper 

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