Landmark report sets out roadmap to tackle obesity and unhealthy diets

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Media release: 20 February 2017. A landmark Australian Prevention Partnership Centre study involving more than 100 nutrition and policy experts from 53 organisations across the country has identified critical action areas for Australian governments to tackle the rise of obesity through unhealthy diets – now one of the leading...


Rapid reviews for evidence-informed policy: 10 top tips

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Tips and tools: 20 February 2017. When it comes to gathering evidence to inform policy, getting the research question right at the start is key to producing a rapid review that can successfully answer a policy question. This piece of advice is one of 10 top tips outlined by Gai Moore,...


Agencies turn to Evidence Checks to find solutions to policy problems

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Research showcase: 15 February 2017 This series showcases the contributions of Sax Institute researchers to papers published in peer-reviewed literature What was studied? The researchers examined 74 rapid reviews commissioned by health policy agencies through the Sax Institute’s Evidence Check program between 2006 and 2011, looking at what prompted...


Nicola Roxon’s five tips on how to get research into policy

Former federal health minister Nicola Roxon

Latest news: 15 February 2017. Researchers who want to see their findings translated into policy have been given some tips on the best ways to capture the attention of politicians by the former Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon. In an interview published in the Sax Institute journal Public Health Research...


A handy guide to hosing down outrage on public health issues

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Opinion: 15 February 2017. This article by Dr Claire Hooker from the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney unpacks practical advice based on a paper just published in the Sax Institute’s journal Public Health Research & Practice. Dismissing people’s worries as baseless, whether that’s about...


Communicating health risks in a post-truth world

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Media release: 15 February 2017 Public officials faced with the tough task of communicating risk on contentious issues like vaccination or fluoridation – where the actual risk is low but public concern remains high – need to show that they care, demonstrate that they are taking action and strategically...


University of Newcastle: Women’s health study a policy goldmine

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Showcasing our members:  13 February 2017. This is part of a series of articles showcasing the Sax Institute members’ diverse range of research with implications for future health policy and practice. Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing, University of Newcastle The Federal Government’s National Women’s Health Policy, its Physical...


Do vegetarians live longer? Probably, but not because they’re vegetarian

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Opinion: 7 February 2017. Melody Ding, Senior Research Fellow of Public Health at the University of Sydney, describes the findings from new research coming out of the 45 and Up Study. In the past few years, you may have noticed more and more people around you turning away from...


HARC scholarships aim to develop future health leaders

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Latest news: 6 February 2017 Applications are now open for the Hospital Alliance for Research Collaboration (HARC) 2017 scholarships, which give employees from the five HARC partner agencies the opportunity to develop their skills as future health leaders. HARC is a collaboration between the Sax Institute, the Clinical Excellence Commission,...


Health sector experience key to testing benefits of data sharing

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Opinion: 3 February 2017. In this article, the Sax Institute’s Deputy CEO Robert Wells argues for increasing data sharing and access in the health sector, as a test case for how the government can share data more widely across its departments. We are swimming, some would say drowning, in data....