National Health and Medical Research Council

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.

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 when it became a self-governing statutory authority.

Medical research grading

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.[2]


In 2010, the NHMRC's new online system for grant applications was the subject of criticism after a series of technical problems.[3]

The community organisation Organisation Intersex International Australia criticised the NHMRC for funding research programs that pathologise intersex variations as disorders.[4][5]

See also


  1. NHMRC research funding datasets 1990–2010
  2. "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.
  3. Healy, Guy (17 March 2010). "Online grants system proves a nightmare". The Australian. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  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 (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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