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...

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What the 45 and Up Study showed us in 2021

23 November 2021. From the risks of light smoking to the health impacts of divorce, researchers have used the 45 and Up Study’s wealth of data to explore pressing health issues this year. Here are some of the highlights from 2021 so far:

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Strengthening health systems globally: Q&A with Dr Abdul Ghaffar

23 November 2021. As the world comes to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, a critical window of opportunity has opened to strengthen our health systems globally. In the latest issue of our peer-reviewed journal, Public Health Research & Practice, Guest Editor Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director of the Alliance...

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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...

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SURE helps researchers fill knowledge gaps on medication adherence

15 November 2021. Researchers are using the Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) to shed light on how many Australians follow the medication instructions provided by their doctors. And the results are informing a new measure for medication adherence.

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How to use evaluation findings to drive change

15 November 2021. Evaluation can be a transformational step in improving the implementation and impact of a health service or program. While the focus is often on the all-important results, evaluation can also be a crucial tool for supporting change along the way.

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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...

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Meet Anne: At 100, she’s sharing her health story with researchers

2 November 2021. The 45 and Up Study has over 2,400 participants aged 95 and older, and 267 of these are centenarians. Anne Burton recently turned 100, and thanks to her generous involvement in the Study, researchers can gain rich new insights into what it means to age well.

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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...

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Boom in home-delivered alcohol opens the door to underage drinking

Media release: 13 October 2021. A rapid expansion in online liquor delivery services is making it easier for minors to obtain alcohol, due to regulatory holes and non-compliance with legal requirements, say the authors of a study published today. Reporting in Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal...

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