End of the road for homeopathy? – Croakey – 9 April 2014

Posted on April 9, 2014. Filed under: Complementary & Altern Care, Evidence Based Practice | Tags: |

End of the road for homeopathy? – Croakey – 9 April 2014

A new report from the NHMRC regarding the evidence base for homeopathy raises questions regarding the funding of a range of homeopathic treatments. Many thanks to Lorretta Marron, CEO, Friends of Science in Medicine for this overview.

Will homeopathy finally disappear into history? The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) “concludes that the assessment of the evidence from research in humans does not show that homeopathy is effective for treating the range of health conditions considered”. It’s now official: according to Australia’s peak medical research body, homeopathy doesn’t work!”

… continues on the site

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New edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes – NHMRC – 23 July 2013

Posted on July 26, 2013. Filed under: Research | Tags: |

New edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes – NHMRC – 23 July 2013

“All researchers and teachers in Australia considering the use of animals for scientific purposes are required to adhere to the new 8th edition of the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. If animals need to be used, the new edition outlines how they must be cared for and treated.

The new edition of the Code provides clearer, stronger and up-to-date information on the ethical, humane and responsible care and use of animals for scientific purposes. It outlines the governing principles and ethical framework to guide the decisions and actions of all those involved and in all situations where animals are used.”

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Translating the science behind eating well and staying healthy – NHMRC – 18 February 2013

Posted on February 19, 2013. Filed under: Dietetics | Tags: , |

Translating the science behind eating well and staying healthy – NHMRC – 18 February 2013
 
Eat for Health website

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NHMRC strategic plan 2013 – 2015 – 18 January 2013

Posted on January 25, 2013. Filed under: Research | Tags: |

NHMRC strategic plan 2013 – 2015 

“The NHMRC 2013-15 Strategic Plan includes NHMRC priorities, the major health issues identified for the 2013-15 triennium, how NHMRC will deal with those issues and a strategy for medical research and public health research.

The Plan was presented “out of session” on 18 January 2013.”

 

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Caring for people who sniff petrol or other volatile substances: a quick reference guide for health workers – NHMRC – September 2011

Posted on February 27, 2012. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Alcohol & Drug Dep. | Tags: , |

Caring for people who sniff petrol or other volatile substances: a quick reference guide for health workers – NHMRC – September 2011

ISBN Print: 1864965223  ISBN Online: 1864965231

“This quick reference guide contains information about how to care for people who deliberately become intoxicated by inhaling vapours from solvents, gases or aerosols (often called sniffing, bagging, huffing or chroming). People sniff for different reasons, just as people get drunk for different reasons. Sniffable products include petrol, paint stripper and other products used in building and plumbing, glue, nail polish remover, fuel gas, lighter fluid, spray paint and other spray cans.

This guide is a summary of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) consensus-based clinical practice guideline for the management of volatile substance use in Australia (‘full guideline’).1 It is designed for quick reference by general practitioners, nurses, Aboriginal health workers, alcohol and other drug workers, and allied health professionals. Use the full guideline if you need more detailed information.

The clinical guideline provides mainly consensus-based recommendations, because there is not enough high-level evidence to make evidence-based recommendations. The guideline also provides practice points on some additional topics that were not included in the clinical questions answered by the guideline.”

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Providing the scientific evidence for healthier Australian diets – NHMRC – 13 December 2011

Posted on December 13, 2011. Filed under: Dietetics, Preventive Healthcare | Tags: , |

Providing the scientific evidence for healthier Australian diets – NHMRC – 13 December 2011

“Tomorrow, the National Health and Medical Research Council will release its draft Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating for public consultation.

The draft guidelines provide evidence-based advice to health professionals and the general public about food choices to promote health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of diet-related diseases.”

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“Consultation on the draft Australian Dietary Guidelines, incorporating the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, opens on 13 December 2011 and closes on 29 February 2012. To provide feedback or for more information, please visit: http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au

 

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Returns on NHMRC funded Research and Development – Deloitte Access Economics – 17 October 2011

Posted on November 1, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Research | Tags: , |

Returns on NHMRC funded Research and Development – Deloitte Access Economics – 17 October 2011

For the Australian Society for Medical Research

Extract from the Executive summary

“Almost two-thirds of the projected increase in Australian government spending to 2049-50 is expected to be on health (Commonwealth Government, 2010). Total health and residential aged care expenditure is projected to increase by 189% in the period 2003 to 2033 from $85 billion to $246 billion – an increase from 9.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) to 12.4% in 2032–33 (Goss, 2008). Moreover, disease and injury presents a socioeconomic burden from loss of longevity and quality of life for individuals and the community.

Investment in increasingly effective and efficient technologies has the potential to ameliorate some of this projected increase in health burden in Australia. In 2009, the NHMRC invested approximately $711 million on health research and development (R&D), equivalent to 0.23% of GDP, targeted in particular to diseases which pose a significant health burden to Australia.

This study estimates the economic benefits to Australian society of the NHMRC’s contribution to health and medical research, by estimating wellbeing gains for specific diseases, namely cardiovascular disease (CVD, including stroke), cancer, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma and muscular dystrophy (MD). These diseases collectively comprise approximately 40% of the total burden of disease in Australia (Begg et al, 2007), representing a significant health burden on Australian society and the health system. This study estimates the impacts of NHMRC funded R&D for these diseases between the years 2000 and 2010 on projected gains in health system expenditures, productivity gains and commercial returns for each disease in the years 2040-2050.”

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Guidelines for the ethical management of people with advanced chronic or terminal conditions in the final months of life – NHMRC – 8 September 2011

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Oncology, Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Guidelines for the ethical management of people with advanced chronic or terminal conditions in the final months of life – NHMRC – 8 September 2011
ISBN: 1864965258

“Many people of all ages are diagnosed with chronic or terminal conditions every year.

If you are an individual in this situation or a health practitioner providing care for someone in this situation, the guidance and framework documents on this page may assist with the difficult ethical deliberations around the care you are receiving or providing.

The framework is intended for health professionals and has been designed to guide deliberations over ethical aspects of providing care at the transition phase of a patient’s journey through an advanced chronic or terminal condition, including cancer.

The guide is intended for patients (of all ages), families and carers and has been designed to facilitate what can be difficult conversations about ethically related issues which arise at this time of transition e.g. preferred type and place of care – hospice, hospital, or home.

Both the framework and the guide identify key ethical principles and values relevant to the last twelve months or so of life for those with an advanced chronic or terminal condition making the transition to palliative care. The documents pose some questions which can be explored at any stage of this transition whether as patients, health professionals, family or carers.

They also provide additional resources via web-links to assist health professionals, patients, carers or family members to access further information and advice for deliberations about the ethical aspects of the palliative care being provided.”

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Health and Medical Research and the Future in NHMRC’s 75th Year. The Virtuous Cycle and economic benefits of health and medical research – 9 September 2011

Posted on September 9, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Research | Tags: |

Health and Medical Research and the Future in NHMRC’s 75th Year. The Virtuous Cycle and economic benefits of health and medical research – 9 September 2011

Discussion Paper from the NHMRC CEO

“This discussion paper focuses on the economic benefits to Australia from public investment in health and medical research.

The support by governments and people of Australia through their taxes, as participants in research, through service on ethics committees and through donations to health and medical research charities is remarkable1. It is therefore important that, as health and medical researchers, we always take into account how society benefits from this support.

Benefits from health and medical research can be realised in several ways; prevention of ill health, better care of patients, a better health system itself, and through gains in our national economy and national wealth. In this paper, I have attempted to identify some of the economic benefits.”

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Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011 NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines

Posted on August 22, 2011. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Evidence Based Practice | Tags: , , |

Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011 NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines 
 
Extract from the synopsis of publication

“The 2011 NHMRC Standard replaces the NHMRC standards and procedures for externally developed guidelines (2007) will apply to all guidelines seeking NHMRC approval which have commenced development after 1 January 2011.

NHMRC procedures and requirements to meet the 2011 NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines – Summary for developers

A summary document, including a list of what has changed compared to the 2007 NHMRC Standard, has also been prepared.

National Health and Medical Research Council. Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011
NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council; 2011.

National Health and Medical Research Council. Procedures and requirements for meeting the 2011
NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines – Summary for developers. Melbourne: National Health and Medical Research Council; 2011.

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Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010) – NHMRC

Posted on October 15, 2010. Filed under: Infection Control | Tags: |

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010) – NHMRC

“Synopsis of publication

There are around 200,000 healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in Australian acute healthcare facilities each year. This makes HAIs the most common complication affecting patients in hospital. As well as causing unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and their families, these adverse events prolong hospital stays and are costly to the health system.

Understanding the modes of transmission of infectious organisms and knowing how and when to apply the basic principles of infection prevention and control is critical to the success of an infection control program. This responsibility applies to everybody working and visiting a healthcare facility, including administrators, staff, patients and carers.

Successful approaches for preventing and reducing harms arising from HAIs involve applying a risk-management framework to manage ‘human’ and ‘system’ factors associated with the transmission of infectious agents. This approach ensures that infectious agents, whether common (e.g. gastrointestinal viruses) or evolving (e.g. influenza or multi-resistant organisms [MROs]), can be managed effectively.

These guidelines provide recommendations that outline the critical aspects of infection prevention and control. The recommendations were developed using the best available evidence and consensus methods by the Infection Control Steering Committee. They have been prioritised as key areas to prevent and control infection in a healthcare facility. It is recognised that the level of risk may differ according to the different types of facility and therefore some recommendations should be justified by risk assessment. When implementing these recommendations all healthcare facilities need to consider the risk of transmission of infection and implement according to their specific setting and circumstances.”

Executive Summary (PDF, 1312KB) 

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010) (3882KB PDF) 

Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare (2010) – ebook

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Draft National Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care – NHMRC – 26 March 2010

Posted on April 6, 2010. Filed under: Obstetrics | Tags: , |

Draft National Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care – NHMRC – 26 March 2010

“The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released for public comment a draft of the National Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care. 

NHMRC was commissioned by the Department of Health and Ageing to undertake this work as part of the national maternity reform activities.

Clarity about how to establish and maintain collaborative practice for all maternity care providers will be essential in ensuring the success of new arrangements. It will be of particular relevance for the newly defined eligible midwives. Successful collaboration should improve access, choice, quality and safety for all pregnant women and their communities.

Submissions are invited from interested individuals, organisations and colleges.

Closing date
The closing date for submissions is Friday 27 April 2010.”

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Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal – Australia – 26 February 2010

Posted on February 26, 2010. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: , , , |

Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal
 
“Welcome to Australia’s Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal. It has been developed to help Australian clinicians and policy-makers access high quality, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines via a single entry point.
 
This Portal is an initiative of the National Institute of Clinical Studies, an institute of the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council as part of our mandate to build a healthier Australia.”
 
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Draft – Australian Infection Control Guidelines – 7 January 2010 – NH&MRC

Posted on January 12, 2010. Filed under: Infection Control | Tags: , , |

DRAFT – Australian Infection Control Guidelines – 7 January 2010 – NH&MRC
http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/consult/aicg.htm

“The NHMRC is keen to ensure that the Australian community has the best opportunity to participate in developing NHMRC reports.

NOTICE OF PROPOSED GUIDELINES
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in partnership with the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare (the Commission), has released for public comment the Australian Infection Control Guidelines: preventing and managing infection in health care (the draft Guidelines).

The draft Guidelines have been developed to assist a coordinated approach to the management of health care associated infection (HAI) in Australia by supporting the Commission’s other HAI priority program initiatives.

To facilitate this approach, the draft Guidelines are written from a care delivery perspective, focussing on safety and quality and using a risk management framework. This approach differs from the current Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) 2004 Infection control guidelines for the prevention of transmission of infectious diseases in the health care setting which are disease and setting specific.”

…continues on the website

Closing Date
The closing date for submissions is 10 March 2010
Download
Draft Infection Control Guidelines (2.63MB PDF)
Attachments to the process report: (6.46 MB)
Systematic reviews
Drafting of recommendations and evidence statements
Preliminary feedback on previous drafts
Grading conversion systems

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Emergency department stroke and transient ischaemic attack care bundle – NHMRC – 9 December 2009

Posted on December 10, 2009. Filed under: Emergency Medicine, Neurology | Tags: , , , |

Emergency department stroke and transient ischaemic attack care bundle – NHMRC – 9 December 2009

“Improving the management of acute stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) in the emergency department (ED) was identified as a priority by the NICS emergency care community of practice (EC CoP).

In response, NICS initiated a project to develop a set of evidence-based resources to improve the implementation of guideline recommendations for acute stroke and TIA management in the ED.”  … continues on the website

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