AAMRI eNews September 2018

AAMRI eNews September 2018

3rd September, 2018


September 2018

In this issue

  1. AAMRI news – Convention & Dinner Program now available
  2. Government update –  New SRI Budget Tables and Consultation
  3. NHMRC & ARC updates – Strategy to improve indigenous health released
  4. Sector news –  Funding updates and appointments
  5. Reports & resources – Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management
  6. Funding & award opportunities – Women’s Leadership Developmentn final call
  7. Events, conferences & training opportunities – Research Australia Health & Medical Research Awards

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1. AAMRI news

AAMRI report – Outstanding outcomes from the Operational Infrastructure Support Program

In 2016 the Victorian Government provided over $26 million to 10 independent medical research institutes through the Operational Infrastructure Support (OIS) Program. AAMRI was commissioned by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services to produce a report highlighting the outstanding medical research and commercialisation achievements which are made possible by this support. Read the full report on our website.

AAMRI Annual Convention & Dinner

Program now released: 2018 AAMRI Annual Convention & Dinner – 26-27 November (Canberra)

Our 2018 Convention Program is now available online – if you have not registered please log on now. The Convention will be held at Hotel Hyatt Canberra, with the Annual Dinner held in the Great Hall at Parliament House. The AAMRI Annual Convention is a free, member only event consisting of strategy meetings, networking opportunities, AAMRI’s Annual Dinner at Parliament House and AAMRI’s AGM. Register now.

AAMRI submissions:

AAMRI submission to the Senate Inquiry into Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century

Ensuring Australia’s legal framework remains up to date and relevant is vital to the ongoing success of medical research. Philanthropy and fundraising provided over $360 million to medical research institutes to undertake important research projects in 2016-17. In AAMRI’s submission to the Senate inquiry into Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century the importance of harmonising fundraising legislation across the country is discussed. Having one set of standard rules would help reduce red-tape and increase compliance.

AAMRI gives oral evidence to the Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research System

AAMRI’s President, Professor Tony Cunningham, recently gave oral evidence to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research System. The committee discussed a wide range of issues affecting the sector, including equitable access to ARC grants, multi-discipline collaboration and gender equity. You can read a transcript of the evidence on the committee website.

2.  Government and policy update 

AAMRI welcomes new ministerial appointments

Following the elevation of Scott Morrison to the position of Prime Minister there have been a number of Ministerial changes. Notable Ministerial positions are as follows:

  • Greg Hunt remains Health Minister
  • Karen Andrews is the new Industry, Science and Technology Minister (previously Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills)
  • Dan Tehan is the new Education Minister (previously Social Services Minister)
  • Josh Frydenburg is the new Treasurer
  • Mathias Corman remains Finance Minister
  • Ken Wyatt – remains as Indigenous Health Minister, and takes on responsibility for the Senior Australians and Aged Care portfolios.

2017-18 Science, Research and Innovation (SRI) Budget Tables

The tables detail the government’s commitment to supporting science and research and the infrastructure that enables it. This year, a summary of the Budget Tables data is available through a new Snapshot and through an updated infographic. The tables themselves are provided in an interactive Excel format, which, along with a new online data visualisation, makes it easier to access and understand the data collected.


Deductible Gift Recipient Reforms

Treasury is seeking submissions on the proposed design for the following components of the Government’s package of deductible gift recipient (DGR) reforms announced on 5 December 2017. Closing date for submissions is 21 September 2018.

External conduct standards for charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Treasury is seeking submissions on the draft regulations and explanatory statement for the proposed external conduct standards that charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) will need to comply with when operating outside Australia. Submissions due by 21 September 2018.

Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Guidance

The consultation seeks stakeholder feedback on the proposed guidance to support the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2018 (the Code). It builds on the 2018 Code consultation which sought comments on the new Code and corresponding draft guidance. The closing date for comments is 4 October 2018.

3. NHMRC & ARC updates

Strategy to improve Indigenous health

NHMRC has released its comprehensive ten year strategy to improve the health of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Public consultation on guidance on per-fluoroalkylated and poly-fluoroalkylated substances in recreational water 

NHMRC is seeking public feedback on the draft guideline values for per-fluoroalkylated and poly-fluoroalkylated substances in recreational water. Submissions will close 4pm (AEST) 27 September 2018.

4.  Sector news

New unpaid family & domestic violence leave entitlement in awards

The Fair Work Commission have updated all industry and occupation awards to include a new clause about family and domestic violence. This means that most employees will now be entitled to unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence. This new clause applies from the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018.

Funding updates:


5.  Reports and resources

Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017

NHMRC has approved amendments to recommendations made in the Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017 developed by the Stroke Foundation.

Guidelines for myopia management

Brien Holden Vision Institute has launched its ‘Guidelines for Myopia Management’, a freely available, practical tool developed to assist eye care professionals manage patients with myopia.

Release of revised Indigenous research ethics guidelines

NHMRC has released two revised guidelines:

From the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

6.  Funding & award opportunities

Closing soon

Sax Institute Research Action Awards 2018

Calling all early career researchers, the Awards honour individuals whose work has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery. Up to three Awards will be granted, and each winner will receive a certificate and prize of $5,000. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 10 September 2018.

Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

This TCR aims to provide funding for rigorous, culturally-informed research into improving the health and experiences of ageing in older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Applications close 5pm (ACT time) Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants

Provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services. Applications close 5pm (AEST) Thursday 13 September 2018.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia (NBCF) International Fellowship Program

This program will provide financial support to Australian scientists/clinicians to strengthen their research and clinical experience by working in internationally renowned breast cancer research and treatment centres outside Australia. Applications are now open and will close at 5pm (AEST) Friday 14 September 2018.

BUPA Health Foundation 2018 Foundation Grants Program

This year the BUPA Health Foundation is looking to invest $1million in one or more research projects that focus on improving mental health models of care in Australia. Expressions of interest close on Monday 17 September, 2018.

Health Promotion Innovation Fund

The 2018/19 Health Promotion Innovation Fund provides funding of up to $15,000 to trial smaller-scale, innovative health promotion projects. There is up to $100,000 in funding available to support projects of up to 12 months duration that will be delivered from February 2019. Applications close on Friday 21 September 2018.

Funding Grants for Women’s Leadership Development – Final call

Final call for all women currently working in the health sector to express their interest in the final portion of scholarship funding that is available. The fee support opportunity provides women with funding of between $3,000 and $8,000 to undertake a range of leadership development programs commencing later this year. To ensure equitable access to the grants, the funding window has been extended until Thursday 21 September 2018.

The Leukaemia Foundation Scholarships

A new three-year program of PhD scholarships is co-funded by the Leukaemia Foundation and the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand (HSANZ). Applications close on Thursday 21 September, 2018.

Superstars of STEM program – round two open

Working with participants over two years, the first year of the two-year program will focus on professional development through a series of five workshops and the second year will focus on providing participants opportunities to practice their new skills through media and speaking opportunities in schools and on high profile stages. Applications close 23 September 2018.

Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration Postgraduate Scholarships in Dementia Research

Three PhD scholarships are on offer at $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years, starting in 2019. Applications close 5pm, 28 September 2018.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) and the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia (NBCF) Ovarian and Breast Cancer Research Collaboration Initiative

OCRF and NBCF have announced a collaboration on a joint new biomedical research funding opportunity. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is AUD $1 million over 3 to 5 years to fund one or two research projects. Applications will close at 5pm (AEST) Friday 28 September, 2018.

2018 Hugh Rogers Fellowships – Melbourne Boston Sister Cities Association

The purpose of the Hugh Rogers Fellowships is to encourage and support innovative people and ideas by funding research and projects that expand and enhance Melbourne’s and Boston’s reputations as centres of knowledge excellence. Applications close 5pm Friday 12 October, 2018.

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy Domestic PhD scholarships (3)

This includes one PhD scholarship, one Master of Research Year 2 plus PhD Bundle Scholarship and one Master of Research Year 2 Top Up Scholarship. All offered on a full-time basis. Closes 31 October 2018

7.  Events, conferences & training opportunities

This month

Upcoming events

Research Australia Health & Medical Research Awards 2018 –  Thu, 08 November 2018 (Sydney)

Research Australia and its Board are hosting the 16th annual celebration in honour of health and medical research.

Symposiums & Summits

7th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – 27/28 November 2018, Sydney

The theme this year will be “Ensuring Value in Research”, exploring how researchers can ensure that the right questions are being chosen from the start, that studies are necessary and well-designed, and that results are reported in a fashion that is unbiased and widely useable. Early bird registration deadline: 26 October 2018.

Intelligence 18: AI in Healthcare Summit, 21 November 2018 (Sydney)

Australia’s first summit discussing the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and technology in modern healthcare will be presented in 2018 by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).