Universities and research institutes with a significant public health or health service research program, as well as public health or health service research groups, can apply for membership.

Membership applications are subject to review and approval by the Sax Institute Board.

Criteria for an established public health or health service research program

The organisation must have:

  • Received at least $1 million in research funds for public health and/or health services research from any source over the past three years OR
  • Published 20 or more papers about in peer-reviewed journals about public health and/or health services research over the past four years. Authored reports published by governments and books and book chapters will be considered as publications and the Board will assess their contribution to knowledge, policy and practice in determining whether they equate to one or more peer-reviewed journal papers OR
  • Demonstrated a substantial contribution to the development of policy or practice. The entity will be asked to make a case for impact to be considered by the Board. This case might include the number of reports published by governments or examples of work translating into policy and practice in the previous four years.

While all Members have the same rights and obligations, our approach to incorporated and unincorporated organisations differs slightly due to legal requirements.

The organisation is a legal entity and therefore will be the formal Member.

Eligibility

An incorporated organisation is eligible to be a Member of the Institute if it can demonstrate an established research program in public health or health services research. For many incorporated organisations, an established research program will be one that meets the research criteria above. For large organisations (such as a university), the Board may look for evidence of a larger program in public health or health service research that demonstrates a strong commitment in these disciplines.

Representative of the Member 

The organisation will nominate an individual to represent them (Representative). The Representative must be a senior academic.

The organisation is not a legal entity and therefore cannot in it itself be a Member. Unincorporated organisations must therefore nominate an individual to be the formal Member.

Eligibility

An unincorporated organisation is eligible to nominate a Member if it has an established research program in public health or health services research that meets the research criteria above.

Individual nominated as the Member

The individual nominated as the formal Member must have standing in public health and health services research demonstrated by publications, grants or other evidence and as agreed by the Board of the Sax Institute. Please note that an individual can be the formal Member for one unincorporated organisation only.