Pilot study tests new way to study healthcare

Media Release: Friday 12 April 2019. The Sax Institute has launched a Pilot Study to test the feasibility of collecting health information from people who receive healthcare services across the public and private sectors. The Health Insight Pilot Study is inviting a sample of people holding private health insurance...

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Healthy food scorecard shows more progress needed

New South Wales has made significant inroads into improving the healthiness of foods available in schools and hospitals but other states lag behind, according to a new report on Australia’s efforts to address rising rates of obesity. Released this month, the 2019 update of the Food Policy Index was...

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PHRP tackles childhood obesity

Overweight and obesity in children have developed into a major public health issue in recent decades. The latest edition of the Sax Institute’s flagship journal Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP) explores a range of topics on this theme, from obesity prevention policies and support services for children affected...

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How do doctors price their consults?

Do doctors charge what they think their service is worth? Or do they sometimes take an opportunity to charge what they think they can get? It’s a critical question for Australia’s health policy makers, given that doctors’ fees are not capped in this country, and yet a portion is...

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Study links breastfeeding with lower risk of heart disease in Australian mums

Media release: 19 March 2019. Mothers who breastfed are 34 percent less likely to die of heart disease Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of developing or dying from heart disease than those who don’t breastfeed, finds new research from the University of Sydney. Published in...

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Patients missing out on medication reviews

Media Release: 15 March 2019 The vast majority of older patients on multiple medications are not having their medicines properly reviewed – increasing the risk of dangerous drug reactions and overdoses – according to new research using data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study. The new study...

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Health risk or benefit? How the supermarket Health Star Rating system stacks up

5 Star Health Rating

Media release: 6 March 2019. Nutrition experts are calling for an overhaul of Australia’s Health Star Rating system – a voluntary front-of-pack labelling scheme that rates the nutritional value of packaged food – claiming it is actually doing the opposite of what was intended and is promoting food high...

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New research shows how to get preschoolers more active

Media release: 6 March 2019. What is the best way to keep young kids physically active at home? In good news for parents with limited outside space, new Australian research shows that it’s not necessarily the size of your backyard that matters. Rather, it’s fixed equipment – things like...

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How do we ensure health policies are informed by evidence?

15 February 2019. A landmark study led by the Sax Institute has revealed a new way forward in helping health policy agencies build their capacity to use research evidence. The SPIRIT (Supporting Policy In health with Research: an Intervention Trial) study, led by Dr Anna Williamson, Senior Research Fellow...

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Suicide prevention grant for the Sax Institute

15 February 2019. An international research collaboration which includes the Sax Institute’s Decision Analytics team has been awarded a substantial grant from the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund (managed by Suicide Prevention Australia) to look at the relationship between social media and suicide clusters. Relatively little work has been...

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