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PHRP Awards celebrate outstanding health research with real-world impact

Media release: 30 October 2019. Two research teams responsible for a rural community project that helps children with speech problems and a paper analysing the renewal of Australia’s National Cervical Screening Program have been honoured in the 2019 Public Health Research & Practice Excellence Awards.


Sax Institute welcomes new Board Chair

Media release: 10 October 2019. The Sax Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Ian Olver AM as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.


How politicians who become lobbyists can be ­­bad for our health

How politicians who become lobbyists can be bad for our health

Media release: 25 September 2019. The steady flow of politicians and government staffers switching sides to lobby for powerful food, alcohol and gambling companies poses a serious threat to public health, experts warn in new research published today.


Lung cancer screening an opportunity to save thousands of lives in Australia

Media release: 31 July 2019. Screening people at high risk for lung cancer – still Australia’s single biggest cancer killer – has the potential to save thousands of lives especially among former smokers, according to a new paper on the future of cancer screening in Australia. The paper is...


Smoking and heart disease: worse than we thought

Smoking causes untold damage to the heart and major blood vessels and triples the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Media Release: 4 July  2019. Smoking is not just bad for your lungs: it causes untold damage to the heart and major blood vessels and triples the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a major new study based on data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.


Pilot study tests new way to study healthcare

Media Release: 12 April 2019. The Sax Institute has launched a Pilot Study to test the feasibility of collecting health information from people who receive healthcare services across the public and private sectors.


Study links breastfeeding with lower risk of heart disease in Australian mums

Media release: 19 March 2019. Mothers who breastfed are 34 percent less likely to die of heart disease Mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of developing or dying from heart disease than those who don’t breastfeed, finds new research from the University of Sydney.


Patients missing out on medication reviews

Media Release: 15 March 2019 The vast majority of older patients on multiple medications are not having their medicines properly reviewed – increasing the risk of dangerous drug reactions and overdoses – according to new research using data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study. The new study...


Health risk or benefit? How the supermarket Health Star Rating system stacks up

5 Star Health Rating

Media release: 6 March 2019. Nutrition experts are calling for an overhaul of Australia’s Health Star Rating system – a voluntary front-of-pack labelling scheme that rates the nutritional value of packaged food – claiming it is actually doing the opposite of what was intended and is promoting food high...


New research shows how to get preschoolers more active

Media release: 6 March 2019. What is the best way to keep young kids physically active at home? In good news for parents with limited outside space, new Australian research shows that it’s not necessarily the size of your backyard that matters. Rather, it’s fixed equipment – things like...