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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How do we ensure health policies are informed by evidence?

15 February 2019. A landmark study led by the Sax Institute has revealed a new way forward in helping health policy agencies build their capacity to use research evidence. The SPIRIT (Supporting Policy In health with Research: an Intervention Trial) study, led by Dr Anna Williamson, Senior Research Fellow...

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Suicide prevention grant for the Sax Institute

15 February 2019. An international research collaboration which includes the Sax Institute’s Decision Analytics team has been awarded a substantial grant from the National Suicide Prevention Research Fund (managed by Suicide Prevention Australia) to look at the relationship between social media and suicide clusters. Relatively little work has been...

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Are women dying unnecessarily of heart disease?

14 February 2019. Some of Australia’s leading experts on heart health met at a roundtable in Sydney in December 2018 to discuss worrying findings that women with heart disease may get poorer treatment and have worse outcomes, compared with men. Jointly organised by the Sax Institute, the Heart Foundation...

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Training: building partnerships for policy-relevant research

10 February 2019. We’ll be continuing our training events program in early March with a course aimed at early career researchers. The three-day course offers researchers a practical guide to building successful partnerships with policy makers, to give their research the best chance of making an impact on policies,...

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NDIS puts mental health support providers under pressure

7 February 2019. Australia’s psychosocial support services are facing significant challenges thanks to funding changes brought in with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), says a senior mental health researcher. In a new paper in Public Health & Research Practice, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Sax Institute, Dr...

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Podcasts: a new tool for public health?

29 January 2019. The inexorable rise of the podcast in the media landscape is such that you can now even listen to a podcast on the rise of podcasting if you want. Popular interest in the audio format has been fuelled in particular by ‘true crime’ podcasts, such as...

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Four new projects for the Prevention Centre

Logo for the Australian Prevention Partnership Centre for chronic disease prevention

21 January 2019. Last July The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre, administered by the Sax Institute, secured funding totalling $15 million to see it through to 2023. This great result marks a new phase in the life of the Prevention Centre and has already provided funds for the launch of...

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How the 45 and Up Study can improve cancer outcomes

17 December 2018. The Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study is set to play a major role in improving cancer outcomes in Australia, experts heard at a forum in Sydney led by internationally renowned cancer epidemiologist Professor Dame Valerie Beral. Held at the Parliament of New South Wales on...

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Sax Awards celebrate impact in health research

13 December 2018. Three Australian health researchers whose inspiring work has had a major impact in areas as diverse as childhood trauma, stroke prevention and homelessness were recognised at the Sax Institute’s 2018 Research Action Awards last month. Braving the wettest November conditions Sydney has seen in decades, an...

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