Managing withdrawal from drugs and alcohol: what works best?

23 September 2020. With almost one in six Australians drinking at risky levels and 3.4 million of us reporting use of an illicit substance in 2019, it’s clear that dependence on alcohol and other drugs is a societal problem of huge dimensions.


What is driving higher suicide rates in older people?

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21 September 2020. Since 2013, suicide rates in Australia have continued to rise, and the increase has been particularly marked in men over the age of 45. New research using data from the 45 and Up Study is shedding some light on the way employment and the transition to...


How to make anti-smoking campaigns more persuasive

21 September 2020. From the iconic 1979 “sponge” advertisement to “every cigarette is doing you damage” – unforgettable tobacco control campaigns have put a sizeable dent in Australian smoking rates. But as smoking persists in our communities, how can today’s mass-media campaigns portray the harms of smoking and convince...


Systematically capturing what the pandemic can teach us will support long-term health system change

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20 September 2020. This opinion piece by Professor Sally Redman, CEO of the Sax Institute, and Professor Don Nutbeam, senior adviser to the Sax Institute, and professor of public health at the University of Sydney, was first published in The Mandarin. These are difficult times to be in government,...


Experts call for renewed anti-smoking push as 1.6 million Australian smokers face early death, social costs soar

Media release: 9 September 2020. Australia risks losing its momentum on tobacco control after decades of policy successes in the area, cancer experts warn, with government investment in mass media campaigns falling to about one-fifth of the amount spent a decade ago, even as evidence on the harms of...


SURE brochure for data custodians

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Fact sheet: SURE – The Secure Unified Research Environment – is an Australian-first technology initiative established by the Sax Institute to promote efficient research of major health issues such as population ageing and chronic disease. Learn how, as a data custodian, you can use SURE to securely make your...


Can machine learning improve prediction of chronic disease?

20 August 2020. Machine learning is a process of teaching a computer system to make accurate predictions when fed data, without it being explicitly programmed to do so; instead, the computer ‘learns’ by itself through experience. Over the past couple of decades, machine learning has made multiple inroads into...


A fresh look for PHRP

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17 August 2020. The Sax Institute is excited to launch a new homepage for its peer-reviewed journal, Public Health Research & Practice. We’ve made the journal even easier to navigate, giving readers fast access to some of the best research and perspectives on the most pressing public health issues...


Loneliness: the other pandemic of our times

17 August 2020. As Melburnians struggle through their second round of lockdown, the mental health consequences of the tough measures needed to curb the COVID-19 virus are becoming ever clearer. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that loneliness has been the most common stressor during the COVID-19...


Researchers fill knowledge gap on costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer

22 July 2020. Researchers have used the Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) to learn more about the factors behind the cancer survival rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including access to care and differences in out-of-pocket costs. And the results will help design more accessible...