Modelling shows tracking app critical to containing COVID second wave

Media release: 30 June 2020. Independent modelling published today projects a second wave of COVID-19 in Australia if social distancing and testing decline further – but new cases could be slashed by over 50% if enough people use the COVIDSafe app and remaining issues with it are resolved. While...

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What is the evidence around masks and COVID-19 transmission?

11 June 2020. Face masks – and whether the general public should wear them to stop the spread of COVID-19 – are a subject of much uncertainty and shifting advice. Just this month, the World Health Organisation reversed its previous position of not recommending their use. In the U.S.,...

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Self in the system: a new way to be a public health ‘change agent’

11 June 2020. Systems thinking is tip-toeing its way into the world of preventive health and health promotion. It’s a mindset that doesn’t reduce a complex system to the sum of its parts; rather it emphasises the connections between the different parts, seeing the system as a creation of...

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Impact of bushfire smoke ‘severely underestimated’, study finds

11 June 2020. Over 65% of people in a smoke-affected area of NSW experienced health symptoms during the recent bushfires, according to a new paper published in the Sax Institute’s PHRP health journal.

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Can modelling the COVID-19 outbreak really predict its future?

This article was written by Cindy Peng, Manager of the Sax Institute’s Decision Analytics team, and Dr Danielle Currie, Senior System Dynamics Modeller at the Sax Institute. It was originally published in The Mandarin. A few short months ago, if you’d uttered the phrase “flattening the curve” in a...

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SEARCH Flyer

The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) is Australia’s largest ongoing study of the health of urban Aboriginal children and their families. Download SEARCH flyer (PDF 491 KB)

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In this together: National Reconciliation Week

27 May 2020. This year’s National Reconciliation Week, which kicks off on Wednesday, 27th May, celebrates a milestone: it is the twentieth anniversary of the momentous reconciliation walks of 2000, when many thousands Australians came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation to show their support...

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New community partnerships forge the way for research into Aboriginal healthy ageing

A new era of community-led health research is set to begin this year, with two more Aboriginal Medical Services (AMSs) teaming up with the Sax Institute for ground-breaking research into healthy Aboriginal ageing.

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How the 45 and Up Study can shape COVID-19 research

20 May 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has so far cost the lives of many thousands of people across the globe and altered our society in profound ways. It’s led to a massive global research effort to find out more about this new disease and its effects on our community...

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The art of modelling in a time of pandemic

20 May 2020. As governments around the world rush to develop policies around the COVID-19 pandemic, they have turned to systems modelling to guide their response. Never has the discipline had a higher profile: we’ve all seen the graphs plotting possible outcomes of infection and fatality depending on the...

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