OUR CORE MEMBERS
Cochrane Australia (Lead Organisation)
Cochrane Australia supports Cochrane contributors around the country, including researchers, editors, authors and review groups. We also undertake research, consultancy, advocate for evidence-informed health policies and practices, and foster local engagement with the global Cochrane network. Cochrane Australia is based within the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.
Nearly 1 in 6 Australians – that’s 3.9 million people – has arthritis. Arthritis Australia is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation and the peak arthritis consumer body in Australia. It is supported by affiliate offices in the ACT, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Working to bring quality of life to all people with arthritis and eliminate their suffering, Arthritis Australia:
• provides support and information to people with arthritis as well as their families and friends
• promotes awareness of the challenges facing people with arthritis across the community, and to leaders in business, industry, and government
• funds research into potential causes and possible cures as well as better ways to live with arthritis, and
• aims to keep health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and community nurses informed.
The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) was formed in 1981 and is the leading Australian organisation for health care professionals providing diabetes education and care. The ADEA actively promotes evidenced-based best practice diabetes education to ensure optimal health and well being for all people affected by, and at risk of, diabetes. The ADEA considers diabetes education a specialty field of health care practice.
The Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) is the peak national medical and scientific body in Australia for diabetes. The ADS is a member-based organisation consisting of health professionals (endocrinologists, diabetes educators, primary care physicians and allied health professionals) as well as clinical and preclinical researchers. The ADS mission is to: prevent diabetes and its complications; provide excellence in education for health professionals; promote collaboration, research and education; work with other organisations committed to improved diabetes treatment and care; and advocate for health policies around diabetes and its prevention.
The Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG) is the premier professional body representing paediatric endocrinology in Australasia and is committed to high standards of clinical care, advocacy, education, stakeholder relationships and research in paediatric endocrinology.
Diabetes Autsralia was established in 1984 and is the national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk. Through leadership, prevention, management and research, Diabetes Australia is committed to reducing the impact of diabetes. We work in partnership with diabetes health professionals and educators, researchers and healthcare providers to minimise the impact of diabetes on the Australian community.
Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology
The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology is a not-for profit organisation representing the interests of health professionals committed to the prevention and treatment of kidney disease.
Through the ANZSN, members support a range of research, education and clinical care initiatives to promote evidenced based practice and quality outcomes for patients in Australia, New Zealand and our region. Our mission is to understand the causes of kidney disease and associated disorders and to better prevent, diagnose and treat kidney and related diseases. We promote optimal health and wellbeing for people with or at risk of kidney disease in Australia, New Zealand and across our region by:
• Supporting kidney research across the full spectrum of basic science, clinical, health services and population health research
• Providing education for physicians, trainees, scientists and allied health practitioners to ensure the highest professional standards in the practice of nephrology
• Promoting high-quality care for all people with, or at risk of, kidney disease and their families and carers through education, advocacy and evidence-based practice
The Australia and New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network (ANZMUSC) is a newly established international, multidisciplinary collaborative clinical trials network composed of clinicians, consumer groups, consumer representatives, policy makers, professional associations and funders with an interest in investigator-initiated clinical trials focusing on musculoskeletal conditions.
The Heart Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting the single biggest killer of Australians – heart disease. For over 50 years, we’ve led the battle to save lives and improve the heart health of all Australians. Our sights are set on a world where people don’t suffer or die prematurely because of heart disease.
More than 620,000 Australians are living with heart disease and one Australian dies of heart disease every 28 minutes. Each year, approximately 57,000 Australians suffer a heart attack. The Heart Foundation funds life-saving heart research and works to improve heart disease prevention and care for all Australians.
Kidney Health Australia is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving health outcomes and quality of life for people living with kidney disease, their families and carers. Our mission is to promote good kidney health through education, advocacy, research and support. We are proud to offer extensive support to our existing community, but our biggest challenge is to reach the nearly two million Australians who do not know they have early kidney damage.
The Kidney Health Australia - Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment (KHA-CARI) Guidelines is an evidence-based project that commenced in 1999.
The aim of the KHA-CARI Guidelines is to improve the health care and outcomes of paediatric and adult patients with kidney disease by helping clinicians and health care workers to adhere to evidence-based clinical practice as often as possible. The guidelines are intended to serve as both a valuable educational resource and a means of enhancing the quality, appropriateness, consistency and cost-effectiveness of renal health care. The guidelines were developed for use in Australia and New Zealand, however, they are used more widely in the region.
KHA-CARI are committed to the development of reliable and trustworthy clinical practice guidelines that follow best practice with respect to guideline development and with a high degree of transparency in all aspects of the process. The evidence base for a guideline is evaluated and graded using the approach developed by the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group. This is consistent with the approach used by many other international guideline groups and also consistent with requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to prevent, treat and beat stroke. It is dedicated to empowering health professionals to deliver high quality best practice care to stroke patients. The Stroke Foundation advocates for better systems, processes and resources to help health professionals deliver best practice stroke care. As the voice of stroke in Australia, the Stroke Foundation plays a vital role in supporting Australian researchers as they work towards the next innovation in stroke prevention, treatment and recovery. The Stroke Foundation is recognised as one of the most experience developers of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approved guidelines and a global leader in stroke clinical management guidelines. The Stroke Foundation has been producing NHMRC approved guidelines since 2005.