Research silos: break them down to build relationships

Latest news: 27 April 2017. Working on a wide range of Sax Institute rapid evidence reviews has been a key part of health economist Professor Chris Doran’s bid to engage policy in the research process. Professor Doran, who is the Research Professor in Health Economics from the Centre for Indigenous...


Dysfunctional mental health system urgently needs much more than money: Ian Hickie

Media release: 27 March 2017. One of Australia’s leading authorities on mental health has challenged the sector to reform what he says is a dysfunctional system instead of just seeking additional funding to “paper over the cracks and support ineffective programs”. In an editorial in the latest edition of...


Patient safety: Why we need less hierarchy and more “geeks”

Sir Liam Donaldson, global expert on patient safety

Latest news: 20 April 2017 Reducing patient harm across healthcare systems requires less hierarchy in the medical system, further research, and “more geeks”, global patient safety expert Professor Sir Liam Donaldson told a recent patient safety seminar. The Sydney seminar, co-hosted by Sax Institute, the Australian Institute of Health...


The Health Wrap: Budget build up; damning reports on Indigenous affairs; spotlight on preventive health and more

18 April 2017. The Health Wrap is a regular feature on Croakey from the Sax Institute communications team, which covers some of the interesting and important health news from the previous fortnight, including items covered at Croakey and elsewhere. Enjoy the wrap and tweet us @SaxInstitute with any items you think should make it into the next...


Health research partnerships build policy relevance

Latest news: 13 April 2017. By Associate Professor Sonia Wutzke International experience shows us that public health research is crucial to address the problems keeping health bureaucrats awake at night: the upsurge in chronic diseases, our ageing population and the imminent inability of the health system to cope with growing...


What works to boost policy and program agencies’ use of research?

Gai Moore presentedon increasign the use of research in policy agencies

Tips and Tools: 12 April 2017 A Sax Institute review of the effectiveness of new strategies to increase research use in policy and program agencies has outlined four key factors underpinning successful knowledge translation. Ms Gai Moore, Principal Analyst in the Sax Institute’s Knowledge Exchange division, presented new findings on what...


A SURE way of removing geographical roadblocks to research success

The study will investigate cancer in farmers

Latest news: 6 April 2017 Australia prides itself on having a rich farming culture, but our understanding of the health of people living on the land is something of a fallow field. Studying farmers’ health has long proved challenging for a variety of reasons. For researchers, particularly those in non-urban...


Most overweight and obese children can’t access weight management services

Media release: 5 March 2017. Overweight and obese children in every part of Australia should have access to weight management services under a unified, national approach to managing the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, according to new research presented today at the World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne....


Research platforms at the ready to respond to policy needs

Dr Martin McNamara, Head of Resarch Assets

Spotlight on staff: 29 March 2017. Dr Martin McNamara is equally at home in the worlds of both research and policy. Recently appointed as the Sax Institute’s Head of Research Assets, Dr McNamara’s career has seen him develop extensive knowledge of the health sector working in all tiers of...


Study to fill evidence gap on positive influences on Aboriginal teen smoking

Researcher Christina Heris will study positive influences on Aboriginal teen smoking

Latest news: 22 March 2017. A new Australian Prevention Partnership Centre research project is set to shed light on the positive influences that protect Aboriginal teenagers from taking up smoking, helping to fill an important research gap in the area of addiction in young Aboriginal people. PhD candidate Christina Heris...