When not being forced to waste their time and formidable expertise researching furphies like wind turbine syndrome or homeopathy, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) can get on with…
GPs tend to ignore advice from guidelines not relevant to general practice.
Many guidelines offered to GPs are based on evidence unrelated to general practice. Studies show doctors tend to ignore these guidelines which can pose a risk to patients' health.
CSIRO has received significant cuts to its budget over the past several years.
How does Australia fare in science and research funding? Where have recent cuts been made? This infographic shows the state of science funding in Australia.
The traditional starting point for considering the scientific impact of research are its citations. But judging which research applications should be funded is a very inexact science.
Funding panels have to sift through reams of high quality applications, and ultimately reject most.
The latest round of research grant funding has been announced, and many worthy researchers have not made the cut. Why?
The idea of ‘family balancing’ is based on the belief that children come in two genders that have essentially different traits.
The risk of harm in sex selection stems from the fact that parents don't desire any child, they want a child of a particular sex, who is to remain within the limits of binary gender roles.
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
Gagging clauses in contracts permit purchasers of research to modify, substantially delay, or prohibit the reporting of findings.
Government departments often commission research to help them understand and respond to policy issues. But they impose contract conditions that threaten to undermine the integrity of the work.
It’s the people that make the projects a success.
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A shift in our research funding model to fund individual people rather than whole projects could help support the best science.
Connecting researchers to industry and investment is a great idea.
If we want to boost innovation in this country, we should emulate a scheme that has proven highly successful in the United States.
Reducing lead exposure has health, social and economic benefits.
Soil, dust and air-based exposure to lead can interfere with a child's developing nervous systems and cause behavioural and developmental problems.
The NHMRC code on animal use requires researchers to minimise harm, pain and distress but doesn’t provide guidance on how to do it.
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Draft guildelines for the use of non-human primates in research will dilute what protections these animals have, despite numerous reasons to stop the practice entirely.
Restraining the growth in costs and providing better treatments and cures needs a healthy national medical research effort.
It’s been a great privilege to have been the head of NHMRC for going on a decade. That’s four governments, six health ministers, a funding increase from A$437 million in 2006 to A$859 million today.
The statement by the NHMRC is based on a summary of research on homeopathy’s effectiveness for treating health conditions.
Two years in the making, a statement released by the National Health and Medicine Research Council has found no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.
Biological differences mean that women and men often have different health outcomes.
Despite significant gains in gender equity over the last few decades, a bias still reigns in one area of medicine. The lack of female representation in both preclinical studies and clinical trials has…
The idea of research reducing health-care costs may seem counter intuitive because it often leads to the development of expensive drugs, technologies, and treatments.
Quality health care can be expensive and medical research has traditionally been thought to play a role in making it so. But research can also help cut the cost of medical care. The notion of research…
The Coalition government seems to take a very keen interest in medical science, but what about the other fields?
As a relatively small and young country, by population if not by landmass, Australia has played a noticeable role on the world stage when it comes to science. Contributions to new technologies, from Wi-Fi…
The budget calls for the creation of a medical research future fund from estimated savings in health expenditure.
One of the few real surprises in the budget was the creation of medical research future fund, to be partly funded by the introduction of a $7 GP co-payment. This injection of money provides an opportunity…
Homeopathic medicines are not drugs and homeopathy involves much more than the use of a particular therapy.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently completed a review of the evidence for homeopathy’s effectiveness and, after analysing systematic reviews of clinical trials, concluded…
The medical establishment needs to acknowledge that people can worry themselves sick about wind turbines.
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The Australian Medical Association has released a statement once again affirming that there is no evidence that wind farms harm human health. Geoffrey Dobb, chair of the AMA’s Public Health Committee…