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2021 PHRP Award winners revealed

Two research teams have been honoured for their outstanding work in health literacy and communicating COVID-19 health information, in this year’s Public Health Research & Practice Excellence Awards. The awards, announced today, celebrate outstanding papers that have been published in Public Health Research & Practice – an open-access, quarterly online journal published by the Sax […]

Sax Institute

Alcohol causes cancer, yet only half of people in NSW know about it

New research from Cancer Council NSW has found that just over half of NSW residents (55%) know about the link between alcohol and cancer. “This is particularly concerning as we know over 1,000 cancer deaths and 3,500 cancer cases in Australia each year are attributed to alcohol. When it comes to cancer risk, there is no […]

Cancer Council NSW

Hearing healthcare not fit for purpose

Papers published in the Public Health Research & Practice journal, co-sponsored by Soundfair, demonstrate that hearing healthcare in Australia is not fit for purpose. From the inequities associated with navigating the health system as a Deaf person, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, (Carty & Beaver) to recognising that cultural safety is a prerequisite for access […]


Hearing loss in ‘one in 10’ at-risk kids

One in 10 disadvantaged Australian children may suffer from hearing loss and almost one in three a dysfunctional middle ear, a new research paper shows, prompting calls for targeted screening. Researchers from Sydney’s Macquarie University have analysed screening results of 2489 NSW children from lower socio-economic backgrounds between 2013 and 2016. Read the full story […]

The Canberra Times

Aussie researchers call for better hearing checks in disadvantaged children

Ear health experts have called for better hearing checks in Australian children, following their report which revealed that hearing problems in disadvantaged children are often left undetected. The report, published in the Public Health Research & Practice journal on Thursday, observed 2,489 children with a median age of 11 over three years from low socio-economic […]


Australia on track to live with Covid from early 2022, leading epidemiologist says

The spread of Delta in Australia has triggered “long overdue discussions on our tolerance for serious illness, and hospital and intensive care unit capacity”, a leading epidemiologist has said, adding that while “patchy” vaccination across cities and regions is an issue, control of the virus should be reached by early 2022. Prof Catherine Bennett, the […]

The Guardian

‘Delta usurped the one decision Australia thought we could control’

The Delta variant has forced Australia to live with COVID-19, a leading epidemiologist has said, stressing the public should no longer expect to hear about every case as the pandemic approaches the end of its second year. In a paper published by the Sax Institute on Wednesday, Deakin University epidemiologist Catherine Bennett argued that the […]

Sydney Morning Herald

New research reveals what living with COVID-19 could look like into 2022

A new scientific paper has delivered a reality check for people hoping to be freed from their face masks when Australia reaches its 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination target. Writing in Public Health Research & Practice, a peer-reviewed journal of the Sax Institute, epidemiologist Catherine Bennett said face masks should remain mandatory indoors until at least the […]

ABC News

Facebook to limit ads children see after revelations Australian alcohol companies can reach teens

Facebook will impose more control on the types of ads that children as young as 13 are exposed to on Instagram and other platforms, as new research finds Australian alcohol companies are not restricting their social media content from reaching younger users. Read the full story in the Guardian and the PHRP paper on Alcohol […]

Guardian Australia

Tips for researchers navigating Zoom et al

Following the onset of the COVID pandemic, Zoom became omnipresent in our lives, as a noun, a verb and a place to work, play and socialise. Last year, according to Wikipedia,  Zoom was the 5th most downloaded mobile app worldwide, with 477 million downloads. On one day in March 2020, the Zoom app was downloaded more […]