16 December 2021.

The Sax Institute has welcomed two new members: the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE); and the University of Sydney’s Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use.

MUCHE is a leader in innovative health, ageing and human services research. The Matilda Centre is renowned for its work tackling substance use and mental disorders.

Both centres bring a wealth of experience to the Sax Institute’s 60-strong network of members across Australia, which works together on research, training and collaborative opportunities for improving public health.

Sax Institute CEO Professor Sally Redman AO said she is pleased to welcome the Institute’s latest members.

“MUCHE and the Matilda Centre are true experts in the fields of health economics, and mental health and substance use,” she said. “We are very pleased  to have them on board and we look forward to working with them in the future.  I’m certain 2022 will offer up unique opportunities for collaborations to address some of Australia’s key public health challenges.”

Both new members are also looking forward to working with the Institute.

“Collaborations within multidisciplinary teams are key to tackling the complex challenges within the healthcare system,” said MUCHE Director, Professor Henry Cutler. “We are looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the research Sax Institute members are undertaking, developing relationships with members, and identifying potential new areas of research with members that could significantly impact the public policy debate.”

Professor Tim Slade from the Matilda Centre adds: “This collaborative membership provides an opportunity to take the Matilda Centre’s rigorous research findings in mental health and substance use disorders and, leveraging the Sax Institute’s extensive experience and connectivity, ensure that policy-makers have the latest evidence-based research, and that we as researchers can be better aligned with what policy makers need to know to improve health in people and communities.”

About the new members

Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) was established in 2014 as a strategic initiative to undertake innovative research on health, ageing and human services. Their vision is to create a world where decision makers are empowered with applied, trusted and influential research into health and human services policy and systems.  Their mission is to deliver leading innovative research by operating professionally, collaboratively and sustainably.​ Read more

The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use is a flagship research centre at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine and Health. It aims to generate innovative and workable solutions to address substance use and mental disorders, which are currently the leading global causes of burden and disease in young people. They work closely with research collaborators to share skills, synergise data and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention and early-intervention programs for co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. Read more

The Sax Institute welcomes applications for Membership from organisations that share the Institute’s values and our mission to improve public health through better use of evidence.

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