The first initiative of the Sax Forum is on supporting early and mid-career researchers (EMCRs). The initiative will provide EMCRs from our Member organisations with additional opportunities for support and growth in relation to connections with policy and practice as well as public health and health services research. The initial focus of this initiative is on the use of cohorts and large datasets.

The 2021 events will focus on existing datasets available for analysis by researchers, how to access the datasets, and training and mentoring opportunities for EMCRs using cohort datasets. Later in the year we will focus on Aboriginal health research. Meeting information is available in our calendar.

Workshop: Accessing cohort data

We held an online workshop on 25 March for Sax Forum members to hear about a range of datasets available for analysis and researchers’ access to them. The objective of the workshop was to understand the opportunities to improve access and use of cohort data by EMCRs and identify any common interests among participants where further focus might be valuable.

Four experts were invited to present at the workshop. You can view their presentations by using the links below:

Dr Diane Watson, Chief Executive, Bureau of Health Information

Professor Julie Byles, Director, Centre for Women’s Health Research, University of Newcastle

Dr Jessica Stewart, Executive Director, FACS Insights Analysis & Research, NSW Department of Communities & Justice

Dr Martin McNamara, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sax Institute

Please contact the Sax lead for this initiative, Michael Frommer [email protected], or Amanda Dominello [email protected] if you would like more information about the EMCR initiative.