Big Alcohol flouts its own rules on social media marketing to children

Some of Australia’s largest alcohol companies are allowing children to access their marketing on popular social networking sites such as Instagram, contravening the industry’s own requirements, new research finds. The study, published today in Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal of the Sax Institute, is the first...


How do you find the ‘right evidence’ when you need it most?


21 July 2021. Gathering evidence that can successfully answer a health policy question takes more than digging up the latest research papers. But where to start? Dr Gai Moore, Manager of the Sax Institute’s Knowledge Exchange division sat down with Evidence Matters to talk about the Institute’s recently launched Evidence...


Five challenges of using Zoom for qualitative research – and how researchers can surmount them

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22 July 2021. With much of the Australian population now in lockdown, some kinds of public health research become harder than others. Qualitative research often involves in-person interviews and can rely on researchers establishing a good rapport with their interviewees – all things that tend to be more difficult...


Emerging research at the Sax Institute


21 July 2021. The Sax Institute contributes to high-impact research work right across the public health spectrum. As part of what will become a regular update of the Institute’s activities, below is an overview of interesting research findings in Aboriginal health and mental health that have emerged over recent...


Leveraging genomics to better understand cancer risk

8 July 2021. The Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study is set to become an even more important knowledge resource for healthy ageing, as part of a new genomics project which will deliver improved cancer risk prediction, screening and early detection. Led by Professor Anne Cust of the University...


New project targets evaluation to support Aboriginal community-led healthcare

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5 July 2021. The Sax Institute and its partners have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Medical Research Future Fund to provide much needed evidence about the effectiveness of innovative Aboriginal-led health programs. The Indigenous Led Evaluation of Aboriginal Programs (ILEAP) project will evaluate three programs designed...


The Sax Institute celebrates NAIDOC Week 2021

4 July 2021. This week the Sax Institute joins in the 2021 NAIDOC Celebrations. This year’s NAIDOC theme is ‘Heal Country,’ which “calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and...


How yarning is telling the story of healthy Aboriginal ageing

24 June 2021. Talking about the health challenges of ageing can be hard at the best of times. But for many older Aboriginal people, sharing these experiences can be particularly stressful and traumatic.


Highways over health: is major infrastructure planning neglecting impact on public health?

23 June 2021. From air and noise pollution, to residents’ mental health – what are the real health impacts of major transport projects? And are they getting the scrutiny they deserve? The authors of a new paper published in our journal Public Health Research & Practice are calling for...


Cancer risk increases with every cigarette, even for light smokers

22 June 2021. While we all know the dangers of heavy smoking, there is less evidence globally on the impact of light smoking. Now an Australian first study conducted by The Daffodil Centre has revealed what kind of cancer risks are at stake for even the most casual of...