The Sax Institute’s Analysis for Policy program provides expertise in epidemiology and statistics, data linkage, research management and project management to help agencies define, refine, frame and answer priority policy-relevant research questions.

“Organisations typically use the Analysis for Policy program to help fill information gaps at program development or roll-out, gaps in information necessary for targeted advocacy efforts and gaps in information to inform program evaluation,” says Program Manager Mark Bartlett.

The many and varied sources of survey and administrative data, and the capacity for data linkage, means that programs, policies and practice can be informed by real-word data, he says.

Who we work with

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Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD)

Analysis for Policy has worked with the CCLHD to identify and obtain some of the data the LHD needs to better streamline care for vulnerable patients with high needs. Dr Peter Lewis (pictured) says that by analysing data from 45 and Up Study and a range of other datasets, including some data not regularly used in such analysis, the LHD is looking at how it can best identify vulnerable patients in the community and help them access integrated networks of services before their health deteriorates and they need hospital care.

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Australian Red Cross Blood Service (ARCBS)

Analysis for Policy is assisting the ARCBS to use the 45 and Up Study data to develop research projects focusing on the health outcomes of blood and plasma donors, and transfusion recipients.

Cancer Council NSW

Analysis for Policy is supporting the Cancer Council NSW with a number of projects looking at the social and economic impact of a cancer diagnosis and cancer service use, to help inform their future advocacy efforts. Dr Kelly Williams (pictured) says the work will help fill information gaps.

NSW Ministry of Health, NSW Office of Preventive Health

Analysis for Policy has completed an analysis of health service use  and associated costs among NSW workers who report recently diagnosed lifestyle-related illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, blood clots or obesity.



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Therapeutic Good Administration (TGA)

Analysis for Policy has been working with the TGA in setting up a large linkage project.

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Department of Family and Community Services (NSW)

Analysis for Policy has completed two analyses for FACS looking into workforce transition and housing transition.

Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

ACI is using the 45 and Up Study and linked data to join the dots in understanding the types of services older patients with complex health needs use and how they use them, so that it can improve the integration of care. The findings  are helping inform a program called Building Partnerships: Framework for Integrating Care for Older People with Complex Health Needs which involves care providers forming local partnerships to design and implement new models of care for older people.

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National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF)

Analysis for Policy is undertaking a NBCF sponsored project examining patterns of management of women following a diagnosis of breast cancer, the sociodemographic and health service factors that may influence treatment, and the person-centred outcomes.