National Health and Medical Research Council

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National Health and Medical Research Council
National Health and Medical Research Council logo.png
Agency overview
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersLevel 1, 16 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra
MottoWorking to build a healthy Australia
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • Anne Kelso, CEO
Parent departmentDepartment of Health

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak funding body for medical research, with a budget of roughly $900 million a year.[2][3] The Council was established to develop and maintain health standards and is responsible for implementing the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992.[4]

NHMRC 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 when it became a self-governing statutory authority.

Along with the Australian Research Council (ARC), NHMRC is one of the Australian government's two main agencies for allocating competitively research funding to academics and researchers at Australian universities.

Medical research grading[edit]

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.[5]


In 2010 the NHMRC's new online system for grant applications was the subject of criticism after a series of technical problems.[6]

The community organisation Organisation Intersex International Australia criticised the NHMRC for funding research programs that pathologise intersex variations as disorders.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ APS Statistical Bulletin 2015-2016 (Report). Australian Public Service Commission. September 2016.
  2. ^ Outcomes of funding rounds: "The 2015 NHMRC Grant Application Round has resulted in the commitment of more than $896 million to fund health and medical research including 1030 new grants to universities, medical research institutions and hospitals across Australia."
  3. ^ NHMRC research funding datasets 1990–2010
  4. ^ National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ Healy, Guy (17 March 2010). "Online grants system proves a nightmare". The Australian. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Carpenter, Morgan; Organisation Intersex International Australia (30 April 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

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