How researchers and policy makers can work better together

Dr Anna Williamson

15 May 2019. The past decade has seen an upsurge of interest in the ways that researchers can partner with policy agencies to help them craft more effective public health policies.

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Can physical activity offset the health risks of too much sitting?

Office worker sitting at desk

Media Release: 23 April 2019. In findings that could relieve desk-bound office workers, a weekly dose of at least 150 minutes of physical activity could substantially reduce or offset the mortality risks in ‘high sitters’, according to new research using data from the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study.

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Pilot study tests new way to study healthcare

Media Release: 12 April 2019. The Sax Institute has launched a Pilot Study to test the feasibility of collecting health information from people who receive healthcare services across the public and private sectors.

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Healthy food scorecard shows more progress needed

5 April 2019. New South Wales has made significant inroads into improving the healthiness of foods available in schools and hospitals but other states lag behind, according to a new report on Australia’s efforts to address rising rates of obesity.

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PHRP tackles childhood obesity

5 April 2019. Overweight and obesity in children have developed into a major public health issue in recent decades.

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How do doctors price their consults?

1 April 2019. Do doctors charge what they think their service is worth? Or do they sometimes take an opportunity to charge what they think they can get? It’s a critical question for Australia’s health policy makers, given that doctors’ fees are not capped in this country, and yet...

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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.

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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

5 Star Health Rating

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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