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More than a slogan: the opportunities and challenges of co-production in public health research

Media release: 15 June 2022. Co-production – a collaborative model of research that involves stakeholders at each stage of the research process – cannot simply be a slogan and must be backed by resources and capacity development, experts argue in an editorial published today. The editorial accompanies a special...


Aboriginal families strongly impacted by food insecurity, study finds

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Media release: 2 June 2022. A new study has found Aboriginal families in urban and regional New South Wales regularly experience food insecurity and has identified five key contributing factors that need to be addressed. The research – led by Aboriginal Doctoral researcher Simone Sherriff and senior researcher Sumithra...


Two in three Australians will develop common skin cancers as incidence rises, new research shows

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Media release: 10 March 2022. More than two thirds of Australians will be treated for the most common skin cancers in their lifetime, with rates increasing by up to 6% a year over the past three decades, according to new research published today. The paper, which presents the latest...


Summer alert: experts urge investment in skin cancer prevention to save lives and dollars

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Media release: 22 December 2021. Investing in skin cancer prevention programs could not only save lives but also significantly cut treatment costs, currently running at close to $2 billion dollars a year, say experts in a new health economics paper published today. The paper, which provides an overview of...


PHRP Awards recognise exceptional public health research with real impact

Media release: 16 December 2021. Two COVID-themed papers – one on the gaps in Australia’s health literacy during the early days of the pandemic, and another on communicating COVID information to culturally and linguistically diverse communities – have been honoured in this year’s PHRP Excellence Awards.


Sax Institute recognises public health research with real-world impact

Media release: 8 December 2021. Two public health researchers whose work has achieved real impact in areas as diverse as HIV prevention and the social and emotional wellbeing of young children have been honoured in the Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards tonight. The winners this year are: Dr Benjamin...


Call for targeted ear screening as research shows 1 in 10 disadvantaged children have hearing loss

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Media release: 2 December 2021. Ear health experts are calling for targeted screening programs in children during their critical learning years, as new research shows high rates of hearing loss in children from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The research is published in Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal...


Renewed government push needed to prevent skin cancers – especially among Australian teens

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Media release: 22 November 2021. Australia risks losing important gains in skin cancer prevention, amid signs that young people have stopped heeding protective messages, experts write in a paper published today. The paper, published in Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal of the Sax Institute, reports that...


Less than 2% of global health funding being spent on investments in or research into health systems

Media release: 10 November 2021. National governments and global funders are failing to invest sufficiently in strengthening health systems, despite shortcomings exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, experts argue in a series of papers published today. A special issue of Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal of the...


Cutting cataract surgery wait times would prevent thousands of falls while also saving money, research finds

Media release: 27 October 2021. Waiting times for cataract surgery in the public health system can be as long as two and a half years in some parts of Australia, but cutting waits to just three months would significantly reduce the number of avoidable falls while also saving public...