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...

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SURE brochure for data custodians

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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 data available...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Could better design reduce seclusion and restraint in mental health units?

22 July 2020. The use of restraint and seclusion in managing people with mental health illnesses has a long and inglorious history, dating back to mediaeval times when those of “troubled mind” would often be placed in village stocks. Later, in the era of institutionalisation, mental asylums relied heavily...

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Older Australians paying more to treat high blood pressure

22 July 2020. Ageing Australians with hypertension are bearing significant out-of-pocket expenses for treating their condition, according to new research based on longitudinal data from our 45 and Up Study.

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Assessing the ‘scalability’ of health programs: 5 tips to think big

21 July 2020. Public health interventions need to be designed with scale in mind, but how do you know when a health program is ready to reach a larger population?

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New modelling shows tracking app critical to containing COVID-19

21 July 2020. A team from the Sax Institute has published independent COVID-19 modelling that projects a second wave but finds new cases could be slashed by over 50% if enough people use the COVIDSafe app and remaining issues with it are resolved.

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