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Modelling shows tracking app critical to containing COVID second wave

Media release: 30 June 2020. Independent modelling published today projects a second wave of COVID-19 in Australia if social distancing and testing decline further – but new cases could be slashed by over 50% if enough people use the COVIDSafe app and remaining issues with it are resolved. While...



Fact sheet: The Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH) is Australia’s largest ongoing study of the health of urban Aboriginal children and their families. Download SEARCH flyer (PDF 491 KB)


Australia should prepare for higher coronavirus death rates than in China: biosecurity expert

Media release: 10 March 2020. Australia could see higher proportional death rates from the novel coronavirus outbreak than in China, due to our relatively older population and the more severe symptoms of the virus in older people, according to a perspective penned by one of the world’s leading biosecurity...


Time to bin junk food advertising? Kids bombarded by ads on their school run

Media release: 10 March 2020. Children are exposed to up to 2800 ads for junk food every year on their way to and from school – ads which influence their food preferences and contribute to childhood obesity – according to a new study that points to public transport as...


Dangers of second-hand drinking: teen drinkers at high risk of assault and sexual harassment

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Media release: 4 December 2019. More than 70% of teenage girls who are risky drinkers report unwanted sexual attention from other drinkers – just one of a multitude of harms young people experience from ‘second-hand drinking’, according to new Australian research.


Health researchers recognised for their real-world impact

Kylie Gwynne, Amy Peden, and Melissa Kang are standing together and smiling at the camera. The background is the Sax Institute Logo.

Media release: 26 November 2019. Three Australian researchers who have achieved real impact in areas as diverse as dental care for Indigenous communities, unintentional river drownings, and young people’s access to healthcare have been honoured in the Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards tonight.


PHRP Awards celebrate outstanding health research with real-world impact

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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...