The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board held its first meeting at Parliament House on 4 May 2016. The Advisory Board commenced consultation on the development of the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and related Priorities from 6 May to 6 June 2016, calling for submissions through the Department of Health's consultation hub.
Submissions were limited to three pages and sought from those who deliver, use, or stand to benefit from health services and health and medical research.
Under the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, the Strategy is determined every five years and the Priorities every two years.
The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board are to discuss the submissions, and advise on next steps in the consultation process towards the end of June 2016.
NICM submission, Complementary Medicines for Better Health PDF, 281.54 KB (opens in a new window) , was prepared with input from ASMI and CMA.
The submission advocates for funding of complementary medicine research projects to facilitate informed policy decisions on the use of complementary medicines in preventive health and in promoting general health and wellbeing.