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Sax Institute

Monthly e-newsletter. June 2018

Knowledge Mobilisation Conference 2018

Knowledge Mobilisation Conference 2018

The Sax Institute’s inaugural two-day Knowledge Mobilisation Conference 2018 gets underway at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney on Wednesday this week (4-5 July).

This event is fully subscribed, with nearly 200 people registered and with speakers coming from as far afield as the US and the UK.


Keynote speakers include Professor Andy Bindman, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatics at the University California, San Francisco and a former director of the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Professor Nicholas Mays, Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Professor Sally Redman, CEO of the Sax Institute; Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at the World Health Organization; and Dr Ian Scott, Director of Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

Research Action Awards

Research Action Awards: call for applications

The Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards recognise individuals whose research has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery. Up to three Awards will be granted and each winner will receive a certificate and prize of $5,000.

Applications for the 2018 Awards are now open. Applications are open to early career researchers who work for one of the Sax Institute’s Ordinary Member organisations and have up to 15 years’ postdoctoral or equivalent experience. Applications must describe research that has had an impact on health policy, programs or service delivery, and demonstrate evidence of the impact.

Public Health Research & Practice

Getting the ‘public’ back in public health research

Greater transparency and clearer communication are needed when involving the public in health research, according to a new paper in the latest edition of the Sax Institute’s journal Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP).

The paper describes consultations with patient and carer representatives from health consumer networks, and it found that consumers want to be involved in health research and make valuable contributions. But researchers need to get much better at communicating benefits and risks.

news and opinions

SEARCH video 

Until recently, very little was known about the health of Aboriginal people who live in urban and large regional centres, who make up the majority of Aboriginal people in NSW.

This new video highlights the important work of SEARCH (the Study of Environment on Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health), which is the largest ongoing study of urban Aboriginal children ever conducted in Australia.

Evidence Check

Review of effective strategies to promote breastfeeding

The Sax Institute has published an Evidence Check review focusing on interventions to support breastfeeding, which are among the key childbirth and postnatal interventions that have a beneficial impact on maternal and newborn outcomes.

Babies who are not breastfed, and women who don’t breastfeed, are at an increased chance of many health risks in both the short and long term, including in high-income countries such as Australia. Studies in countries such as the US, Britain and Australia have also shown that the economic and health treatment costs of prevailing low rates of breastfeeding are high.


Opportunities to impact health policy and program delivery

We are currently recruiting a Corporate Relations Manager for our Communications and Engagement Division. This position will play a lead role in developing a strategic work program focused on building relationships with corporate and philanthropic organisations.

We are also looking for an Administration Officer for our Decision Analytics team. This position plays a key role in coordinating the activities across the Decision Analytics program.

Please visit our careers page to download the position descriptions.