Cancer screening in CALD communities: what works to improve rates?

Doctor speaking with Vietnamese woman

When it comes to cancer screening, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds have lower participation rates than the general Australian population. Just under half of Australians who speak English at home are screened for bowel cancer each year, however, that number drops to one-third for Australians who speak a language other than English … Read more

Research translation celebrated at Sydney Showcase

Some of Australia’s leaders in research translation have come together at Sydney Showcase, an event co-hosted by the Sax Institute as part of the NHMRC Research Translation Long Weekend. Held on November 17 at Sydney University and jointly hosted by the Sax Institute along with Sydney Health Partners and Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE), the in-person … Read more

Sax Institute celebrates public health research that improves lives

Dr Archana Koirala and Dr Michelle Barakat-Johnson

Two public health researchers whose work has had a direct effect on policy and practice in areas as diverse as COVID-19 infections among children and hospital-acquired pressure injuries have been honoured in the Sax Institute’s annual Research Action Awards tonight. The winners this year are: This is the eighth time the Sax Institute has presented … Read more

Regional cataract surgery rates improve but inequality persists

Senior Patient Consulting Female Doctor

Cataract surgery rates are improving in inland NSW but still lag behind those in coastal areas, according to new research that uses 45 and Up Study data to map cataract surgery across the state. The research looked at data from more than 200,000 Study participants between the years 2007 and 2016. It found that over … Read more

Innovative ways to tackle opioid addiction


The recent seizure of 11 kilograms of the opioid drug fentanyl – the largest amount ever detected in Australia, equivalent to 5.5 million doses – is a powerful reminder of opioid addiction and illicit opioid use in Australia. The Sax Institute is helping policymakers in NSW address the issue with research into innovative approaches to … Read more

Future-proofing our health care with health services research

Health services research has a long history of delivering findings that make an important contribution to shaping policies, programs and services. Australia is currently facing extraordinary challenges in providing health and aged care services with the pressures of COVID-19, the rising cost of medicines and treatments, and the growing needs of an ageing population. At … Read more

Regional level modelling of patient catchment areas 

Primary Aim:To develop patient catchment areas and models based on these areas for prioritisingresource allocation that could inform for example Medicare Locals and other servicedelivery organisations how to best target their services based on population needObjectives:• To examine the geography of care-seeking behaviour, through developing patientcatchment areas• To measure the variation in health care need, … Read more