Research Action Awards: call for applications

4 July 2018. The Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards recognise individuals whose research has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery. Up to three Awards will be granted and each winner will receive a certificate and prize of $5,000. Applications for the 2018 Awards are...

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Evidence Check: Review of effective strategies to promote breastfeeding

3 July 2018. The Sax Institute has published an Evidence Check review focusing on interventions to support breastfeeding, which are among the key childbirth and postnatal interventions that have a beneficial impact on maternal and newborn outcomes. Babies who are not breastfed, and women who don’t breastfeed, are at...

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Online consent could strengthen vaccination programs in schools

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Media release: 14 June 2018. Vaccination programs in schools to maximise the numbers of pupils protected against dangerous diseases could be strengthened by allowing consent to be lodged online instead of through paper forms, and by ensuring schools do a better job of coordinating the immunisations. A paper in...

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Putting patients first in health data systems

18 May 2018. What can health researchers learn from the dating website OK Cupid (aside from whether other people find them attractive)? Quite a lot, according to the Sax Institute’s Professor Emily Banks. The Scientific Director of the Sax Institute’s Research Assets Division, Prof Banks told a recent Research...

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‘Ways of Seeing’ Art Auction

18 May 2018. The Sax Institute has achieved a huge amount in its first 15 years, and recently we held our first event designed to introduce the Institute to the business community. Many not-for-profit organisations derive a significant proportion of their funding from corporate and philanthropic sources, and as...

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Improving food security and nutrition in Aboriginal communities

Prof Amanda Lee

23 March 2018. A new research project funded by the Medical Research Future Fund is working to improve Aboriginal food security in both urban and remote communities. “This long needed community-led, collaborative project will demonstrate how best to tackle poor diet and food insecurity, which are major preventable contributors to the...

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Event wrap: Measuring the impact of research

Public lecture by Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Professor Anne Kelso 21 March 2018. Measuring the impact of research is receiving ever-greater priority from research institutes, funding bodies and even researchers themselves. Yet an over-emphasis on many commonly used impact metrics can paradoxically encourage short-term thinking that camouflages the real...

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Refugee health in focus in Public Health Research & Practice

20 March 2018. The latest issue of our online, open access, peer reviewed journal, Public Health Research & Practice, puts the spotlight on improving refugee health. Articles in the issue focus on the importance of collaboration in improving refugee health and wellbeing outcomes – how countries, governments health services...

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Refugees and asylum seekers need better continuity of care to deal with complex health needs

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Media release: 15 March 2018. Many refugees who are living in the Australian community are missing out on appropriate healthcare due to problems such as fragmented services and poor continuity of care, according to a series of papers in Public Health Research & Practice, published by the Sax Institute,...

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Ensuring a bright future for securely linked data: SURE

14 March 2018. Safeguarding the security of sensitive data, whilst simultaneously ensuring researchers have access to the linked data they need to analyse and improve systems, policies and practices, is an ongoing challenge for data custodians and policymakers across Australia. SURE addresses many of the concerns of public data...

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