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Evaluating public health interventions: an urban regeneration case study

Evaluating public health interventions: an urban regeneration case study

How do we evaluate complex health interventions? It is not a new question, as our understanding of the complex nature of health and its determinants has grown, so too has the search for an evidence-based approach. Does a focus on housing and environment work to improve health? How will we know?  Thankfully a new study in […]

New national approach to rural and remote health research

New national approach to rural and remote health research

Participants in the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra last week committed to a National Strategy and Action Plan for maximising the value of rural and remote health research. Below is a statement issued by the National Rural Health Alliance after the symposium, and it is followed by some conference tweets (which […]

Will the McKeon Review get the message about the need to prioritise research into health and climate change?

Will the McKeon Review get the message about the need to prioritise research into health and climate change?

The McKeon Review of Health and Medical Research is due to report by the end of this year, with recommendations for a 10-year strategic health and medical research plan for the nation. The review’s consultation paper has already come in for a bucket of criticism at Croakey, especially for its glaring lack of attention to […]

What does the NSW review of health and medical research say about a critical health concern?

What does the NSW review of health and medical research say about a critical health concern?

Is there a disconnect between the general focus of health and medical research and population health perspectives? Most people with a concern for population health would surely nominate health inequalities as a critical issue (defined by the WHO as “ differences in health status or in the distribution of health determinants between different population groups”). […]

Join a Twitter chat about involving children and parents in research and service development

Join a Twitter chat about involving children and parents in research and service development

Eva Alisic is a trauma psychologist, research fellow at Monash Injury Research Institute, blogger and Tweeter.  If you’ve ideas for how children and parents could be empowered to contribute to the design of mental health research and care, you might like to join her in a Twitter chat tomorrow afternoon. *** An invitation to contribute to […]

Some suggestions for the national and NSW reviews of health and medical research

Some suggestions for the national and NSW reviews of health and medical research

Croakey has already had something of a whinge about the narrow terms of reference for the national review of health and medical research. Others in public health have recently raised concerns about the focus of those conducting a similar review in NSW (see bottom of this post for details). Those conducting the national and state […]

Evidence into policy: what works?

Evidence into policy: what works?

In Sydney tomorrow, Gary Banks, chairman of the Productivity Commission, is due to officially launch the Centre for Informing Policy in Health with Evidence from Research. Professor Sally Redman, the chief investigator of the Centre, explains below what it aims to do. *** Building an evidence base for informed health policy Professor Sally Redman writes: […]

What is the point of health and medical research?

What is the point of health and medical research?

What is the point of health and medical research? Is it to keep researchers in jobs? To boost the economy and increase corporate profits? To add to the prestige and power of universities and associated research institutes? To add to the global store of knowledge? To respond to community needs and priorities? To improve the […]

Debunking fatty myths

Debunking fatty myths

Tim Gill, executive officer of the Australian and NZ Obesity Society, has some comments to add to the recent Crikey story on the so-called “obesity epidemic myth”. “Tim Olds’ analysis of childhood obesity trends raises more questions than it answers and is similar to previous analyses by the same author on dietary intake and physical […]