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NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.

As the nation’s leading expert body in health and medical research, the NHMRC set high standards of integrity and scientific rigour, and champion the pursuit of better health outcomes for all Australians.

The NHMRC brings together within a single national organisation the functions of research funding and development of advice. It draws upon the resources of all components of the health system, including governments, medical practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals, researchers, teaching and research institutions, public and private program managers, service administrators, community health organisations, social health researchers and consumers.

Vision and mission

Building pathways to a healthier future through research funding, health guidelines and ethical standards.

The mission statement of the NHMRC is 'Building a healthy Australia'.

How the NHMRC can help

NHMRC has a statutory responsibility under the NHMRC Act 1992 (the Act) to raise the standard of individual and public health throughout Australia and foster the development of consistent health standards between the various states and territories. They advise the community on matters relating to:

  • the improvement of health
  • the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • the provision of health care
  • public health research and medical research
  • ethical issues relating to health.

Information / help lines

  • Call +61 (02) 6217 9000, Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm (AEST).

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Last reviewed: August 2020

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Fat | Eat For Health

Fat are an essential part of our diet and is important for good health. There are different types of fats, with some fats being healthier than others. To help make sure you stay healthy, it is important to eat unsaturated fats in small amounts as part of a balanced diet.

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Healthy Eating for Infants, Children and Teenagers | Eat For Health

To achieve and maintain a healthy weight be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs.

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Food shopping tips | Eat For Health

Once you know which the healthier choices in the supermarket are, shopping can actually get easier, quicker and cheaper.

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Tips for eating well | Eat For Health

The recommendations in the Australian Dietary Guidelines and Australian Guide to Healthy Eating help us choose foods for good health and to reduce our risk of chronic health problems.

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Eat for Health Calculators | Eat For Health

Calculate your daily nutrient requirements The Nutrients Calculator helps estimate how much of each nutrient is needed per day by healthy individuals to maintain their health and wellbeing.

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Choosing nutritious foods | Eat For Health

The Australian Dietary Guidelines, recommend that we choose widely from the Five Food Groups and limit discretionary foods that are higher in saturated fat, added salt and added sugars.

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Genomics resources for consumers | NHMRC

NHMRC has developed the following resources to provide information and advice to consumers on genetics or genomics and human health.

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Recommended number of serves for children, adolescents and toddlers | Eat For Health

The dietary patterns in the table below provide the nutrients and energy needed for all children and adolescents of average height with sedentary to m

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Personalised medicine and genetics | NHMRC

Many of us wonder why some people develop cancer while others do not and why a medication might work well for one person but be less effective or cause serious side effects in another. Although these differences are due to a number of important factors such as age, weight and lifestyle, our genetic make-up also plays a part.

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Healthy meal and snack ideas | Eat For Health

Breakfast Try fruit or vegetable pikelets.

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