Cochrane Australia supports contributors to Cochrane around the country, including researchers, editors, authors and review groups. We also undertake research, consultancy, advocate for evidence-informed health policies and practices, and foster local engagement with the global Cochrane network.
Our main activities include:
- Training and supporting Cochrane authors and editors - courses and workshops are held year-round across the region
- Developing and implementing research synthesis methods and promoting research into the science of systematic reviews
- Advocating for evidence-informed health care and the uptake of synthesised research evidence in policy
- Translating research into policy and practice, summarising evidence and producing guidance for policy makers
- Undertaking research and exploring effective ways to inform healthcare decisions through the uptake of evidence
- Undertaking commissioned systematic reviews and other evidence syntheses
- Holding symposia and other events to inspire and promote learning, discussion and the exchange of ideas.
Alongside this local activity, we supports six regional branches that co-ordinate Cochrane activities in specific geographical areas: Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
Cochrane Australia also serves as the reference centre for all other countries in South East Asia and the Pacific: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
We are part of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. It was originally established in 1994 at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, and relocated to Melbourne in 1999 under the directorship of the late Professor Chris Silagy. Core funding is provided by the Australian Government through the National Health and Medical Research Council.