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 Sussan Ley, Minister for Health
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 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 October 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Carpenter, Morgan; Organisation Intersex International Australia (February 6, 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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