The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by NHMRC under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and is available for public access.

The FOI Act also requires the NHMRC to actively publish a range of information under the Information Publication Scheme (IPS). For further information, view our Information Publication Scheme page.

Information about making a Freedom of Information request, in relation to information held by the NHMRC, can be found on our Freedom of Information page.

Current year disclosure log

2017

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2016-17/017 3/05/2017

Description of request

Documents relating to the consideration for, appointment of, and disclosure of interest of, the Alcohol Working Committee (AWC) appointed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to oversee and guide the revision of the Australian Alcohol Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol 2009 (the Guidelines)

Summary of documents released

Minute to establish the Alcohol Working Committee

Number of documents and type of release

1 document released in full

2016-17/022 27/07/2017

Description of request

Documents relating to the peer review of the 2009 Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.

Summary of documents released

Peer review reports of 8 individuals.

Number of documents and type of release

10 documents released in full under Section 47F (34 pages in total).

2016-17/2016 29/03/2017

Description of request

Documents relating to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Homeopathy Review.  

Summary of documents released

Documents, articles, email correspondence and Disclosure of Interest forms.

Number of documents and type of release

12 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 47F (56 pages in total).

2016-17/018 22/03/2017

Description of request

Extracts of specific documents about the National Health and Medical Research Council’s considerations of the Peckam et al. 2015 study and Malin and Till study.

Summary of documents released

Relevant extracts of correspondence, minutes and documents.

Number of documents and type of release

9 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22(b) (18 pages in total).

2016-17/019 10/03/2017

Description of request

Documents relating to the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) processes for considering the ethics of water fluoridation and the production of the ‘Ethical considerations’ section of its Draft Information Paper: Effects of water fluoridation on dental and other health outcomes (draft Information Paper).

Summary of documents released

Draft and final versions of relevant meeting papers, minutes and agenda

Number of documents and type of release

10 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 45 (33 pages in total).

2016/17-005 17/01/2017

Description of request

Documents relating to the appointment and disclosure of interests of the Alcohol Working Committee (AWC) appointed by the NHMRC.

Summary of documents released

Disclosure of Interest forms and Appointment Minute.

Number of documents and type of release

15 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22 (1)(a)(ii) (40 pages in total).

 

2016

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2016-17/006 1/12/2016

Description of request

Copies of public consultation submissions made to NHMRC regarding the Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Adolescents and Children in Australia (the Guidelines).

Summary of documents released

Public Consultation Report

Number of documents and type of release

1 document released in full or part with redactions under Section 45 (201 pages in total).

2015/16-011 23/03/2016

Description of request

Copies of the documents associated with NHMRC Grant ID 1020204, in particular:

  • Funding or grant contracts between UNSW and NHMRC with respect to the research
  • Results or reports submitted to NHMRC regarding the research
  • Any raw data or other information relating or relevant to the research

Summary of documents released

External assessor reports, Financial reporting documents and RGMS grant administration

Number of documents and type of release

14 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 47E, 47F and 47G (147 pages in total).

2015/16-012 21/07/2016

Description of request

Access to documents relating to NHMRC’s Homeopathy Review.  

Summary of documents released

Email correspondence.

Number of documents and type of release

8 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22 (32 pages in total).

2015/16-008 23/03/2016

Description of request

Copies of the documents associated with:

Homeopathy Working Committee Meetings April, May, July, Sept, and Oct 2013 Minutes

Homeopathy Working Committee Meetings June, July and Oct 2014 Minutes

July 2013 Methodological Review Report

Summary of documents released

Committee meeting minutes and Methodological Review.

Number of documents and type of release

13 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22 (102 pages in total).

2015/16-009 3/03/2016

Description of request

All documents and/or records mentioning, describing, or relating to any studies conducted or being conducted by the Lions Eye Institute and/or Avalanche Biotechnologies, Inc., on "rAAV.sFlt-1" or "AVA-101" for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One such study is the study conducted under Clinicaltrials.gov(link is external) identifier “NCT01494805”.

All documents and records submitted by the Lions Eye Institute or Avalanche Biotechnologies, Inc., to the Clinicaltrials.gov registry, regarding “rAAV .sFlt-1” or “AVA-101”, including the study under Clinicaltrials.gov(link is external) identifier “NCT01494805”.

Summary of documents released

Australian Clinical Trials Record, Application Summary, Background and Research Plan, combination snapshot, Scientific Reports and Financial Reports for Project Grant APP1010405.

Number of documents and type of release

9 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 47F and 47 E.

2015/16-006 1/02/2016

Description of request

Final report relating to the evidence of homeopathy prepared by the first contractor between April and September 2012

Last letter and email correspondence between NHMRC and Principal Researcher used by the first contractor to undertake evidence review of homeopathy between April, May, June, July and August 2012.

Summary of documents released

Email correspondence

Number of documents and type of release

7 documents released in full with redactions under Section 47G and Section 22.

 

2015

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2015/16-007 21/12/2015

Description of request

Copies of the documents associated with :

Homeopathy Working Committee Meeting March 2013 Minutes.

NHMRC Homeopathy Review’s determination/decision regarding study thresholds from July 2012 – August 2013.

Australasian Cochrane Centre full report reviewing methods used in NHMRC Homeopathy Review.

Administrative decision to classify/describe Homeopathy Review as a ‘HTA’ and the HWC as a ‘HTA committee’.

Summary of documents released

Committee meeting minutes and Methodological Review

Number of documents and type of release

6 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22 (45 pages in total).

2015/16-005 12/11/2015

Description of request

Copies of the documents associated with :

Evaluation reports of the project grant APP1113738 and APP1092496. Guidelines.

Guidelines or instructions relating to evaluation of funding applications used to peer review program grant APP1113738 and APP1092496 from 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2015.

Correspondence between NHMRC and program grant peer review panel which reviewed APP1113738 and APP1092496 during 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2015.

Documents used in evaluating research funding application by The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health from 1 May 2014 to 31 July 2015.

Summary of documents released

Guidance resources, email correspondence,  Reports, Scoresheets and ranking lists, Funding Rules.

Number of documents and type of release

70 documents released in full with redactions under Section 47E (d)

2015/16-002 14/10/2015

Description of request

Minutes, correspondence and disclosure of interest documents relating to NHMRC homeopathy review

Summary of documents released

Committee meeting minutes, email correspondence  and Disclosure of Interest forms.

Number of documents and type of release

20 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 22 (1)(a)(ii) (55 pages in total)

2015/16-003 7/09/2015

Description of request

Potential Conflict of Interest declarations by Professor Ian Hickie and Professor Patrick McGorry since the publication of NHMRC’s document, Guideline Development and Conflicts of Interest: Identifying and Managing Conflict of Interest of Prospective Members of NHMRC Committees and Working Group Guidelines

Summary of documents released

Research Grants Management System

(RGMS) data extract and a Disclosure of Interest form

Number of documents and type of release

9 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 47G (1)(a) (19 pages in total)

2014/15-021 17/08/2015

Description of request

Documents and email correspondence from Jun – Aug 2012 held by NHMRC relating to the homeopathy review, including the agreed review methodology, internal NHMRC correspondence and correspondence between NHMRC and Homeopathy Working Committee members

Summary of documents released

Documents, email correspondence

Number of documents and type of release

10 documents released in full or part with redactions under Sections 22 and 47G

2014/15-014 31/07/2015

Description of request

The funding application for the NHMRC Project Grant 1060397 (2013) ) "The Beyond Ageing Project: Phase 2", also known as "A selective prevention trial using novel pharmacotherapies in an older age cohort at risk for depression"

Summary of documents released

The Grant Proposal for Project Grant 1060397

Number of documents and type of release

1 document released in full with redactions under Section 47G (1)(a) (20 pages in total)

2014/15-022 6/07/2015

Description of request

Documents held by NHMRC relating to the identities of the Peer Review Panel Members responsible for approving Project Grant applications APP1024401, APP1083664 and APP384233

Summary of documents released

Screenshots of review assessor detail screen (APP1024401 and APP1083664) from NHMRC’s grant management system. Grant review panel spreadsheet for APP384233.

Number of documents and type of release

3 documents released in part with redactions under s47E (4 pages in total)

2014/15-020 27/05/2015

Description of request

Email correspondence between NHMRC and the original contractor employed in relation to the homeopathy review between May 2012 and August 2012

Summary of documents released

Email correspondence

Number of documents and type of release

1 document released in part with redactions under s45(1) (8 pages in total)

2014/15-017 14/05/2015

Description of request

Documents held by NHMRC relating to the 2010 NICNAS Scientific Review of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Summary of documents released

Documents relating to correspondence with Office of Health Protection and ACT Coroner’s Court

Number of documents and type of release

3 documents released in full or part with redactions under Section 47F(1)(a)(ii) (8 pages in total)

2014/15-019 20/04/2015

Description of request

Documents relating to correspondence between NHMRC and the Hon Sussan Ley MP between 23 December 2014 and 30 March 2015 in relation to the review of natural therapies and the private health insurance rebate

Summary of documents released

Information Brief, QTB and correspondence relating to the Homeopathy Review

Number of documents and type of release

3 documents released in full with partial redactions (6 pages)

2014/15-010 24/03/2015

Description of request

Documents relating to correspondence with or interactions between NHMRC and food industry representatives from Woolworths, the Coca Cola Company, Coca Cola Amatil, McDonald’s, Nestle or the Australian Food and Grocery Council, between January 2012 and 7 December 2014

Summary of documents released

Public Consultations, Submissions, email correspondence, briefing notes, agenda papers

Number of documents and type of release

23 documents released in full or part with redactions under s22 (68 pages in total)

2014/15-009 28/01/2015

Description of request

Documents relating to the 2014-15 budget commitments to the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research

Summary of documents released

Finalised Grant Agreement of August 2014 between NHMRC and The University of Queensland (administering on behalf of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research)

Number of documents and type of release

1 document with redactions under s22 and s47 (60 pages in total)

 

2014

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2015/15-002 18/11/2014

Description of request

Documents relating to the setting up of the NHMRC Fluoride Reference Group and the fluoridation review

Summary of documents released

Agenda papers, powerpoint presentation and correspondence

Number of documents and type of release

20 documents released in part with redactions under s22 and s47 (84 pages)

2014/15-007 6/11/2014

Description of request

Grant ID 623203, titled “Effects of current and plain cigarette package design on smoker’s evaluation.".

Summary of documents released

Progress Report and correspondence relating to grant extension.

Number of documents and type of release

16 documents released in full (26 pages)

2014/15-001 6/11/2014

Description of request

Information relating to NHMRC’s commencement of a new review of water fluoridation.

Summary of documents released

Documents, correspondence, draft brochure.

Number of documents and type of release

17 documents released in full or part, with redactions under s22 or 47F (44 pages)

2014/15-001 29/10/2014

Description of request

Information relating to NHMRC’s Homeopathy Review

Summary of documents released

Documents, correspondence, committee minutes

Number of documents and type of release

64 documents released in full or part, with redactions under s22 (499 pages)

2014-001 2/03/2014

Description of request

Applicant information from FOI request 2013-12

Summary of documents released

Letter

Number of documents and type of release

64 documents released in full or part, with redactions under s22 (499 pages)

 

2013

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2013-012 14/01/2014

Description of request

Correspondence between NHMRC and the Waubra Foundation

Summary of documents released

Letters

Number of documents and type of release

12 Documents released in full (35 pages)

2013-008 18/11/2013

Description of request

NHMRC Grant Application #553028 and #553028 2010 NHMRC Progress Report

Summary of documents released

Contents of the requested grant application and progress report.

Number of documents and type of release

2 Documents, released with redactions under Section 47F - (48 pages)

2013-009 18/09/2013

Description of request

Correspondence between NHMRC and University of Melbourne relating to Mental Health TCR application 1042772

Summary of documents released

Emails relating to the awarding of the Mental Health TCR application plus supporting documentation (outcome letter, assessment summary, feedback report, grant schedules).

Number of documents and type of release

5 Documents, released in full with one partial redaction (20 pages)

2013-006 29/08/2013

Description of request

Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) application for Evidence-based Mental Health Planning: Translating Evidence into Policy and Services

Summary of documents released

Documents relating to the CRE application plus supporting documentation, referees' reports, instructions/guidance to referees (including assessment criteria), and any other documentation relevant to the application process and the success of the application.

Number of documents and type of release

9 Documents, released in full with partial redactions (164 pages)

2013-007 10/07/2013

Description of request

Any notes, reports, minutes, information and outcome reports written by the NHRMC for their review of the MSAC 1064 review on Hyperbaric Medicine for Chronic Hypoxic Wounds and including the composition of the review committee and their qualifications and meeting attendances.

Summary of documents released

Information relating to NHMRC’s review of the MSAC 1064 review on Hyperbaric Medicine for Chronic Hypoxic Wounds

Number of documents and type of release

57 Documents, released in full - (263 pages)

2013-005 31/05/2013

Description of request

MOU and Service Level Agreements

Summary of documents released

Memorandum of Understanding and Service Level Agreement between NHMRC and the Department of Health and Ageing after 1 July 2006

Number of documents and type of release

5 Documents, released in full - (300 pages)

2013-002 12/04/2013-15/04/2013

Description of request

Invoices for catering

Summary of documents released

All invoices for catering (food and beverages) for activities of the NHMRC since 1 January 2012

Number of documents and type of release

254 Documents, released in full or part exempt - (275 pages)

2012-012 6/03/2013-7/03/2013

Description of request

All of the minutes of the meetings of the NHMRC’s 2011-12 Lead Working Committee.

Summary of documents released

Meeting minutes of the 2011-12 Lead Working Committee.

Number of documents and type of release

8 Documents, released in full (38 pages)

2012-011 30/01/2013-5/02/2013

Description of request

Correspondence between NHMRC and Reference Group Observer for Wind Farms and Human Health Review.

Summary of documents released

Emails, correspondence, minutes, meeting agenda papers, administrative forms.

Number of documents and type of release

25 Documents, released in full or part exempt - (158 pages)

2012-009 16/01/2013

Description of request

Grant ID 623203, titled “Effects of current and plain cigarette package design on smoker’s evaluation."

Summary of documents released

2009 NHMRC Project Grant application

Number of documents and type of release

6 Documents, released in full or part exempt - (88 pages)

 

2012

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2012-008 13/11/2012

Description of request

Grant ID 207806, titled “The effectiveness of consuming fluoridated water in reducing children’s caries experience."

Summary of documents released

2002 NHMRC Project Grant application

Number of documents and type of release

19 Documents, released in full or part exempt - (188 pages)

2012-006 6/11/2012

Description of request

Funding parties and contributions for NHMRC Health Research Partnership, Grant ID 219327, titled “Evaluation of an integrated strategy to promote the health of people with chronic or recurring mental disorders”

Summary of documents released

Extracts from the grant application

Number of documents and type of release

7 Documents, released in full or part exempt - (78 pages)

2012-001 6/03/2012

Description of request

Summary of project plan on investigator-initiated Assessment oF FluoxetINe In sTroke recoverY (AFFINITY)

Summary of documents released

Research Plan submitted in an NHMRC Project Grant application in 2011

Number of documents and type of release

1 Document, released in full - (9 pages)

 

2011

Reference number  Access Date FOI content
2011-01377 6/03/2012

Description of request

2002 application 219194 – The effect of a personalised oral health education programme on clinical and molecular risk factors for oral and general health and 2008 Ten of the Best selection documentation

Summary of documents released

Minutes, correspondence, progress reports, financial statements and application

Number of documents and type of release

36 documents identified (irrelevant parts redacted)

2011-01297 10/01/2012

Description of request

Correspondence between Professor Warwick Anderson and Ms Jane Halton on Naltrexone Implants

Summary of documents released

Correspondence advising the release of the NHMRC Naltrexone implant treatment for opioid dependence - Literature Review

Number of documents and type of release

3 documents; 2 released in full, 1 released in part (irrelevant parts redacted)

2011-01021 3/11/2011

Description of request

Latest Developments on Termi-mesh

Summary of documents released

1992 Submission to NHMRC Public Health Committee

Number of documents and type of release

53 pages released in full

2011-00876 21/10/2011

Description of request

Porcine transmissible encephalopathy

Summary of documents released

TSEAC minutes and agenda papers on porcine transmissible encephalopathy

Number of documents and type of release

86 pages released in full

2011-00696 25/07/2011

Description of request

NHMRC policies for certain aspects of research funding, including hours worked and personal support packages

Summary of documents released

Minutes, guidance information, web links

Number of documents and type of release

Several hundred pages, full release

2011-00648 29/07/2011

Description of request

Wind Turbines and Health

Summary of documents released

Literature, correspondence, emails, Minutes

Number of documents and type of release

553 pages: 540 pages full release, 13 pages partial release

2011-0643 16/08/2011

Description of request

Tooth Decay

Summary of documents released

Study application

Number of documents and type of release

121 pages: 94 pages full release, 27 pages partial release

2011-00505 27/06/2011

Description of request

Calcium Sucrose Phosphate (Anticay)

Summary of documents released

Proceedings of NHMRC Council, NHMRC Dental Health Committee, NHMRC Public Health Advisory Committee

Number of documents and type of release

135 pages full release

2011-00498 (refer to 2011-0260) Internal Review 29/07/2011

Description of request

Documents relating to NHMRC report entitled Wind Turbines and Health – A Rapid Review of the Evidence

Summary of documents released

Literature, correspondence, emails, Minutes

Number of documents and type of release

79 pages: 78 pages full release, 1 page partial release

2011-00450 16/08/2011

Description of request

Grant application relating to ‘jaw muscle pain and jaw motor function’

Summary of documents released

Grant application

Number of documents and type of release

68 pages: 46 pages full release, 22 pages partial release

2011-00260

1st release - 15/04/2011

2nd release - 10/05/2011

Description of request

Documents relating to NHMRC report entitled Wind Turbines and Health – A Rapid Review of the Evidence

Summary of documents released

N/A

Number of documents and type of release

1st release: 28 documents full release, 4 documents partial release

2nd release (995 pages): 81 documents full release, 98 documents partial release