45 and Up Study illustrates validity of self-reported data on medication use

Medication use

Latest news 11 October 2017. Data drawn from patients’ self-reports about their medication use are most useful and valid for classifying their use of long-term, regularly used medications, according to new research drawing on the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study. The researchers from The University of Sydney and...


Indigenous Australians achieve major progress in reducing smoking, but tobacco’s lethal legacy remains

Media release: 11 October 2017. The number of smoking-related deaths among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is predicted to continue to increase, and to peak over the next decade, resulting in thousands of premature deaths that are largely preventable. In a paper in the latest edition of the...


The Health Wrap: Fighting flu, gun control, and the Nobel prize-winning body clock research

5 October 2017. The Health Wrap is a regular feature on Croakey from the Sax Institute and The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre communications teams, which looks at how the media has covered some of the top public health stories making headlines in recent weeks.  Enjoy the wrap and tweet us @SaxInstitute with any comments or...


New funding ensures SURE remains a “vital link”

Dr Martin McNamara, Head of Resarch Assets

Latest news: 21 September 2017. The Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) will continue to form a critical part of Australia’s national data linkage infrastructure, enabling researchers to undertake research using linked datasets, after it was granted new funding for the upcoming year. SURE, a purpose-built remote-access data...


Sax Institute welcomes new Board member

Kim Anderson

Latest news: 20 September 2017. The Sax Institute Board of Directors has welcomed back Ms Kim Anderson, who brings a wealth of experience in editing, publishing and corporate management to the Board. Ms Anderson is a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies Carsales, WPP AUNZ and Billabong, and former...


Hunter Medical Research Institute: program fills local evidence gaps to ensure health dollars are well spent

Professor Andrew Searles, HMRI

Showcasing our members: 7 September 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. Hunter Medical Research Institute An innovative program in health technology assessment is enabling NSW researchers to evaluate the...


SURE helps researchers fill knowledge gaps on aged care transitions

Latest news: 7 September 2017. Researchers are using the Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) to shed light on factors that put older patients at risk of moving into residential aged care after they have sustained injuries that put them in hospital. And their results will help predict the...


45 and Up Study opens door to genetic answers on bipolar disorder with new $2.46m project

Media release: 5 September 2017. An innovative research project using the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study has been awarded a $2.46 million genomics funding grant by the NSW Government to improve understanding of the genetics of bipolar disorder in order to drive better future treatments for patients. Researchers from...


Helping scientists communicate through improv and story-telling

Latest news: 30 August 2017 By Marge Overs, Communications Manager, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre It is an unlikely scene. Thirty scientists – and me – gathered in a circle, tossing around an imaginary ball, responding with an adamant ‘yes’ each time the ball heads our way. All of...


Focus on the food system not the individual, Prevention Centre experts urge

Prof Amanda Lee

Latest news: 28 August 2017. Focusing on nutrition and the food system, as well as holding governments, sections of the food industry and other organisations to account for their policies, should be key preventive health strategies in coming years, some of Australia’s leading nutrition experts say. The call was...