COVID-19: Sax Institute update

19 March 2020. The Sax Institute’s programs and services are continuing uninterrupted in the context of the current coronavirus outbreak.

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Asthma patients hit by out-of-pocket costs

19 March 2020. An asthma diagnosis doesn’t come cheap, say the authors of new research based on a survey of asthmatic women enrolled in the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.

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New SEARCH paper reveals importance of family involvement in Aboriginal kids’ health and development

18 March 2020. Every parent wants to give their child the best start at school, and now a new research paper suggests that working closely with parents and caregivers could further empower families and clinicians with the information they need to help children flourish at school.

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Sax Institute board member Professor Johanna Westbrook awarded NHMRC’s peak honour

18 March 2020. Professor Westbrook’s remarkable impact on healthcare has been recognised with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) naming her the winner of the coveted Elizabeth Blackburn Investigator Grant Award for Leadership in Health Services Research.

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Australia should prepare for higher coronavirus death rates than in China: biosecurity expert

Australia could see higher proportional death rates from the novel coronavirus outbreak than in China, due to our relatively older population and the more severe symptoms of the virus in older people, according to a perspective penned by one of the world’s leading biosecurity experts. The warning follows the...

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Time to bin junk food advertising? Kids bombarded by ads on their school run

Media release: 10 March 2020. Children are exposed to up to 2800 ads for junk food every year on their way to and from school – ads which influence their food preferences and contribute to childhood obesity – according to a new study that points to public transport as...

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What the evidence tells us about bushfire recovery

After one of the worst bushfire seasons in the country’s history, Australia is in recovery mode. But healing affected communities is a complicated business, and a Sax Institute Evidence Check conducted after the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires provides some clear pointers about the approaches most likely to speed...

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A fresh look for the Sax Institute

The Sax Institute has moved to new Sydney offices, and to kick off the move we’re celebrating with a striking new logo and visual design.

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Diet and memory loss – is there a link?

26 February 2020. We know that eating fruit and vegies keeps us healthy, but should we change what we eat as we age? Yes, according to a new study that looks at the effects of certain food groups on memory loss and long-term health.

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Do cancer patients get equal access to radiotherapy?

19 February 2020. Radiotherapy is one of the mainstays of cancer treatment, with one estimate suggesting half of cancer patients should undergo radiotherapy at some time point post diagnosis. But new research shows that some patients are missing out, and the actual take-up is lower than previously thought –...

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