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Sax Institute

The Sax Institute is an independent, non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve health, health services and programs by increasing the use of research in policy making. We aim to be the bridge between health researchers and policy makers, giving each the tools to work more closely together for the health benefit of all Australians.

Our objectives are to improve policy makers’ access to existing research, generate new research for use in policy and to develop and test innovative new ways to increase the use of research evidence in policy making.

Our membership spans 37 public health and health services research groups and their universities.


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Health is one of the nine Science and Research Priorities announced by hte government. Sapol Chairatkaewcharoen/Shutterstock

Research priority: make Australia’s health system efficient, equitable and integrated

Australia spends around 10% of GDP on health, so it’s imperative that our research strategies also generate economic benefits.
Low to moderate consumption of alcohol increases your risk of cancer but reduces your risk of heart disease. giannisl/Flickr

How much alcohol is OK? Balancing risks and benefits

For many of us, alcohol is an enjoyable backdrop to life: wine with dinner, beers with friends, a glass of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion, or nip of something heavier to unwind after a long day…
There’s no need to temper our efforts to address the obesity epidemic just yet. Image from

Monday’s medical myth: overweight people live longer

We’ve long known that too much excess weight increases your likelihood of dying prematurely. Or does it? A large review of the evidence published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA…
Australian health policy and public health campaigns – and the research that underpins them – leading the world in achievements. Penny Clay/AAP

Health research: making the dollars count

This week’s release of the NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review identifies many opportunities to strengthen research and ensure the community extracts the maximum possible benefit from its…
Data from over a quarter of a million individuals add up to provide a window on the population. Malkolm - Bust it Away Photography/Flickr

Size does matter: why large-scale research is a must for public health

Researchers are becoming increasingly intrigued by the idea that too much sitting is bad news for health, and a landmark Australian paper published today in Archives of Internal Medicine has dealt yet…


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