Our unique skills are helping to drive positive change. They have generated work that has had impact across a broad spectrum of policy areas, including Aboriginal health, COVID policy, suicide prevention, tobacco control, healthy ageing and more.
Explore below in more detail some examples of projects in which our work has made a real and positive difference.
How our impact is felt
We form and sustain coalitions for change, working across the research-to-policy continuum to promote the use of evidence to solve real-world challenges. Our work has impact across three key stages of this process:
- Building stronger foundations, including the development of new concepts and methods; improved evidence for policy; greater capacity; and stronger partnerships
- More use of evidence in policy, programs and services
- Better health and wellbeing in the longer term, involving many actors outside the Institute.
A few examples of the types of impacts resulting from our work:
- Improving hearing in Aboriginal children: findings from our cohort of urban children attending Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services supported an investment of more than $20 million by the NSW Ministry of Health to improve ear surgery and speech pathology services for these children.
- Driving tobacco control: Findings from research on the impact of smoking based on 45 and Up Study data have been used by national, state and territory governments in their tobacco control strategies and cited as evidence for changes to tobacco control legislation.
- Targeting investment in suicide prevention: We used dynamic modelling to help policy makers and service providers understand which combination of strategies are likely to result in lower suicide and attempted suicide rates in Western NSW.
- Developing lung cancer screening: researchers used data from our 45 and Up Study to develop and evaluate a lung cancer screening tool that has been widely referenced in international screening guidelines and recommended by Cancer Australia for use in a proposed lung cancer screening program.