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Consultation on draft modules for ‘Guidelines for Guidelines’

Closed on Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 05:00pm (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Background

In 2016 the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a discussion paper titled Better informed health care through better clinical guidelines, which highlighted the key challenges facing guideline development in Australia. Part of this discussion paper included draft Standards for Guidelines, bringing Australia’s Standards into line with similar standards internationally.

These Standards were published in 2016 and are applicable to all guidelines containing recommendations for clinical practice, public health and environmental health.

The discussion paper also highlighted that a series of modules will be developed to provide practical advice and guidance on how to meet each of the Standards. Once complete, the modules will replace A guide to the development implementation and evaluation of clinical practice guidelines, all associated handbooks, and the NHMRC additional levels of evidence and grades for recommendations for developers of guidelines. The modules will be published on a new NHMRC ‘Guidelines for Guidelines’ website which is currently under development.

In consultation with guideline developers, NHMRC has prioritised the development of five draft modules for public consultation:

  • Identifying and managing conflicts of interest
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Public consultation
  • Adopt, adapt, or start from scratch 
  • Implementability

The draft modules are based on international standards, peer reviewed literature, and NHMRC policies and have been contextualised for an Australian audience.

You are invited to make a submission to NHMRC regarding the content of these draft modules.

Comments made during public consultation will be considered by NHMRC’s Advisory Group on the Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (SToRE).

In addition to comments on the draft modules, NHMRC is seeking responses to specific questions to help ensure the information is relevant for an Australian context.

Consultation documents

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Consultation date

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Opening date: 
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - 9:00am
Closing date: 
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 - 5:00pm
Extension: 
Please note that for some NHMRC consultations no extensions will be given. Where extensions are available you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and started a submission.
Contact for further information
  • E: clinicalguidelines@nhmrc.gov.au
  • T: 13 000 NHMRC (13 000 64672) or +61 2 6217 9392
Public submissions

Page reviewed: 1 November, 2017