The Sax Institute is a great source of stories for media interested in research and how it might be put to practical use to improve people’s health.

Journalists can contact us or use the website to source the latest Sax news, see our large list of published research, view media releases, read opinion pieces from our experts and views from other health leaders, check for upcoming events, watch video/slides of presentations from leading researchers, and stay up-to-date with our latest publications on new developments in research.

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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. Published in...

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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...

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

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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...

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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...

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Australia unprepared for climate change impact on allergies

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Media release: 6 December 2018. The review in the latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice, published by the Sax Institute, looks at studies since 2000 relating to climate change, allergens and allergy. It includes recent research from Europe and North America that finds higher temperatures and more...

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Celebrating research that makes a real-world difference

Media release: 28 November 2018. Three Australian researchers whose work has had a significant impact on healthcare policy and delivery have been honoured in the Sax Institute’s 2018 Research Action Awards. This year’s award winners have made a tangible difference in areas as diverse as the prevention and care...

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New awards honour health research with real-world impact

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Media release: 7 November 2018. Research that is likely to have a real impact on health policy and practice is being celebrated in the inaugural Public Health Research & Practice Excellence Awards. “I’m delighted to present these awards, which recognise scientific excellence combined with real-world impact in papers published...

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Australians ignore risks of mixing alcohol with energy drinks

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Media release: 27 September 2018. Many thousands of young Australians are mixing alcohol with caffeine-laden energy drinks with little regard for the potential dangers, according to newly published research. Around 40% of young current drinkers reported drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks (AmED) in the previous year, despite evidence...

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Online consent could strengthen vaccination programs in schools

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Media release: 14 June 2018. Vaccination programs in schools to maximise the numbers of pupils protected against dangerous diseases could be strengthened by allowing consent to be lodged online instead of through paper forms, and by ensuring schools do a better job of coordinating the immunisations. A paper in...

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Refugees and asylum seekers need better continuity of care to deal with complex health needs

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Media release: 15 March 2018. Many refugees who are living in the Australian community are missing out on appropriate healthcare due to problems such as fragmented services and poor continuity of care, according to a series of papers in Public Health Research & Practice, published by the Sax Institute,...

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