The Sax Institute produces a range of publications, including: published research in peer-reviewed journals; Evidence Check Reviews, evidence summaries designed to answer specific policy questions; and a peer-reviewed public health journal Public Health Research & Practice.

Increasing research impact on policy and practice

Many Sax Institute staff study how research can play a role in creating health policies and designing programs and services. Our most recent involvement in research in this area is listed below. Research papers 2018 Atkinson JA, Page A, Prodan A, McDonnell G, Osgood N.Systems modelling tools to support...


2010-2011 Annual Report

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The Sax Institute’s work is yielding significant benefits for policy and health, with several key accomplishments achieved in 2010-2011. The Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence for Research (CIPHER) was launched. CIPHER will see policy agencies and leading researchers work together to develop and test new tools,...


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 18

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April 2012. The impact of patient choice, measuring patient-reported outcomes, the economic burden of healthcare, and how to improve the services we provide, are key points of discussion in this bulletin. Highlights include an Australian study of patients in western Sydney and the latest Bureau of Health Information report,...


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 17

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October 2011. This issue looks at social media in healthcare, hospital performance data, patient-centred care in Australia and a new Bureau of Health Information report on NSW hospital performance. Download HARC e-Bulletin Issue 17 (PDF 417 KB)


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 16

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June 2011. In this issue we provide an update on international trends in monitoring quality-of-care variation and showcase a new centre in the US that will use this information to change practice. Download HARC e-Bulletin Issue 16 (PDF 272 KB)


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 15

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December 2010. This issue covers a systematic review of telemedicine effectiveness, a Bureau of Health Information report into NSW hospitals’ elective surgery performance and a paper on consumer engagement in health research. Download HARC e-Bulletin Issue 15 (PDF 244 KB)


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 14

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October 2010. Topics include inaugural winners of the HARC scholarship, telehealth in the US, and health system performance reporting in Australia. Download HARC e-Bulletin Issue 14 (PDF 379 KB)


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 13

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June 2010. In this issue we look at controversial topics being discussed locally and internationally such as the relationship between financial incentives and performance improvement, ways to discontinue funding practices that are no longer beneficial, and the association between chronic illness prevalence and increases in diagnostic practices in routinely...


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 12

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April 2010. Topics include how to reduce hospital-acquired infections, innovations to reduce costs without compromising quality, disinvestment in healthcare interventions that no longer work, and public reporting of health system performance. Download HARC e-Bulletin Issue 12 (PDF 314 KB)


HARC e-Bulletin Issue 11

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December 2009. This issue focuses on research findings that challenge three assumptions about healthcare: inpatient surgical mortality is largely due to differences in complication rates between hospitals; most Australians have high health literacy; and hospital performance report cards alone will provoke hospitals to improve quality. Download HARC e-Bulletin Issue 11 (PDF...