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New health guidelines announced

18 August 2011 - 3:48pm

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released its new standards for clinical practice guidelines.

By having access to better quality information it is hoped that healthcare professionals will be able to improve levels of service for diagnosis and treatment.

New standards are the result of in depth consultation with local and international health care professionals in a variety of fields.

The NHMRC provides evidence-based health advice to the government and wider community by developing clinical practice and public health guidelines.

These guidelines then form the basis for procedures of health care in general practices, hospitals and specialist clinics.

Health insurance providers also utilise the data to inform the development of products and manage claims, as research findings can provide invaluable information on risks.

Research is disseminated through all levels of the community via a variety of channels, with the main aim to improve overall levels of health care in Australia and to maximise general efficiency.

NHMRC chief executive office professor Warwick Anderson says: "The 2011 NHMRC Standard is intended to be the 'gold standard' for guidelines developed in Australia. It draws on international best practice to support government health reform by contributing to an evidence-based and high performing health system."