NHMRC is currently working with an expert advisory committee to develop a new online resource for guideline developers that will update its current methodological advice. 

NHMRC is currently working with an expert advisory committee to develop a new online resource for guideline developers that will update NHMRC’s current: Guide to the development, evaluation and implementation of clinical practice guidelines and accompanying handbooks. The revised content will provide practical advice on guideline developers trying to meet the 2016 NHMRC Standards for Guidelines.

Guidelines for Guidelines

This information will be developed and progressively published in self-contained modules on the NHMRC 'Guidelines for Guidelines' website which can be easily updated as new evidence becomes available.

The modules will cover a range of topics such as guideline implementation, forming actionable recommendations, identifying and managing conflicts of interest, and scoping complex guidelines for public health or environmental health issues.

To receive alerts about upcoming NHMRC public consultations, including future guidelines modules, please register your interest at the NHMRC Subscription Service.

GRADE for rating the quality of evidence

NHMRC recommends GRADE (Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation) for the development of its guidelines. GRADE is an internationally recognised approach to rate the quality of evidence and the strength of recommendations and is considered to be the standard in guideline development.

Guidelines developers seeking NHMRC approval are advised to use GRADE and training is available through the Melbourne GRADE Centre run by Cochrane Australia and the Adelaide GRADE Center, run by the Joanna Briggs Institute.