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The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality on Health Care and the Department of Health, have been working towards a national, priority-driven framework for producing trustworthy clinical practice guidelines in Australia. The vision is for Australia to have a world-leading, priority-driven program for the production, publication and implementation of trustworthy, accessible clinical practice guidelines.
The discussion paper “Better informed health care through better clinical guidelines” addresses the key challenges facing guideline development in Australia; specifically inefficiency, poor quality, lack of capacity, lack of investment in information technology, inaccessibility and obsolescence.
Central to a guideline’s trustworthiness is its quality. In 1999 NHMRC published Standards for Externally Developed Guidelines, which have remained unchanged since their original publication. Appendix 1 of the discussion paper presents the draft 2015 Standards for Guidelines which will bring Australia’s Standards into line with similar standards internationally, and will form the basis for NHMRC approval processes for guidelines into the future.