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  • Cochrane Australia, the Charles Perkins Centre and Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice hosted a workshop for journalists on ‘Uncovering and covering conflicts of interest in health’ last month. An impressive group of senior print and television journalists from ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, News...
  • Hilary Thomson has been highlighting the need for improved understanding, management and transparency of narrative synthesis methods during a recent six week sojourn through South Korea, Japan and Australia. Workshops at the Seoul Colloquium and meetings in Melbourne proved ideal forums to discuss and debate critical issues and methodological...
  • By Emily Steele on behalf of Cochrane CrowdCochrane Crowd, Cochrane’s new online citizen science platform, is a global community of almost 4,000 volunteers who are helping to classify the research needed to support informed decision-making about healthcare treatments. Cochrane Crowd would like your help to achieve one million...
  • It’s hard to be all things to all people, but the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group (CCCRG) has found a way to offer much to many through an innovative priority setting exercise. What began in March 2015 as a wide-ranging consultation process has become a template for successful consumer and stakeholder involvement, bringing...
  • A trio of music therapy reviews featured in last year’s Australian top 100 Cochrane Library downloads, with Music Therapy for depression coming in at number 7, Music Therapy for people with spectrum disorder at number 40 and Music Therapy for people with dementia at 76. Last month a new update of Music interventions for cancer patients took centre...
  • With spectacular views and a seemingly sociable snake in occasional residence, Melissa Murano might just lay claim to the most idyllic and unusual of all Cochrane offices. Tucked away in the beautiful river town of Bellingen at the foot of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, it’s proved the perfect location to appreciate nature’s grand designs on...
  • Long-time Cochrane contributor Peter Herbison has spent the past 40 years wrangling numbers and refining research methods to improve both the accuracy of health evidence and the quality of people’s healthcare. Now embracing retirement, his focus has shifted from a prolific publishing schedule to producing the perfect pinot. He took some time out...
  • Elder abuse is a critical public health issue that affects millions of older people around the world, causing emotional suffering, poor health, injury and in some cases premature death. The definition of elder abuse includes the physical, psychological and sexual abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of people over 60. Here in Australia, the...
  • For many women with breast cancer, the use of post-operative radiotherapy will allow them to undergo less extensive surgery. In mid-July, Brisbane-based Radiation Oncologist Brigid Hickey and colleagues from Australia and New Zealand published two review updates that consider critical questions about the size of the doses in which radiation is...
  • @CochraneAus followers were keen to brush up on the how-tos of meta-analysis this month. A tweet highlighting Joanne McKenzie, Elaine Beller and Andrew Forbes’ helpful introduction to systematic reviews proved our most popular 140 characters yet. Living systematic reviews, superbugs and the ups and downs of preventive medicine also proved to be...

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