Boom in home-delivered alcohol opens the door to underage drinking

Media release: 13 October 2021. A rapid expansion in online liquor delivery services is making it easier for minors to obtain alcohol, due to regulatory holes and non-compliance with legal requirements, say the authors of a study published today. Reporting in Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal...

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New COVID insights from the 45 and Up Study

6 October 2021 Since June 2020, the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study has been collecting and providing critical information on people’s behaviours and attitudes during the pandemic through its COVID Insights Surveys. Supported by a NSW Government grant, these are among the largest COVID surveys in Australia and...

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When love hurts: how does divorce and widowhood affect health outcomes?

23 September 2021. Studies consistently show that marriage is good for our health – married or cohabiting people tend to live longer, healthier lives than those who are single. But around a third of marriages in Australia end in divorce – and those that don’t will inevitably end in...

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Sax Forum: using cohort data for mental health research

23 September 2021. On 20 September 2021, The Sax Institute hosted its latest Sax Forum – a workshop aimed at early-to-mid-career researchers interested in using cohort data for mental health research. This Forum featured six panellists, all of whom work closely with big data sets such as the 45...

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Statement of support for the Therapeutic Goods Administration

21 September 2021. The Sax Institute is among the nearly 100 evidence-based health and medical organisations that have united in support of Australia’s medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and its vital work in helping guide Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the other organisations, the...

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Making the tough decisions: what it will mean to live with COVID

Media release: 8 September 2021. Patchy uptake of COVID-19 vaccines across cities and regions means Australia’s public health measures are likely to continue well into next year, with a leading epidemiologist predicting the country will achieve tolerable disease control by early 2022. Writing in Public Health Research & Practice,...

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day: Proud in culture, strong in spirit

4 August 2021. Today, the Sax Institute celebrates National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day 2021. It’s a time for all of us to recognise the crucial impact that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and celebrate children’s...

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

Media release: 28 July 2021. 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...

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

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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...

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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...

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