Training 2020: workshops around Australia

Cochrane Australia provides training and support for authors and editors around the country. This year's training calendar features our regular workshops on Writing a systematic review using Cochrane methods and GRADE, along with a new workshop on how to conduct a qualitative evidence synthesis following Cochrane methods. 

Qualitative evidence synthesis (QES), or systematic reviews of primary qualitative research, are becoming more common both within and outside Cochrane. The methods for undertaking these reviews are now well developed. Findings from QES are increasingly used in decision making processes, including to inform the development of clinical, health system and social welfare recommendations (e.g. by WHO, NICE) and to inform decisions across a wide range of public health and other areas.

This new one and a half day course will be held on 26-27 March in Melbourne. It will introduce and detail QES: what it is, how its findings can be applied, methodological steps in conducting a QES and how to assess and describe the level of confidence to place in QES findings (GRADE-CERQual approach). The GRADE-CERQual approach is now recommended for all Cochrane qualitative evidence syntheses. 

Course leader, Dr Meghan Bohren, is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Meghan is an experienced Cochrane author and an Associate Editor with Cochrane’s Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group. Her focus is on systematic reviews impacting populations and systems in low- and middle-income countries, and methodological research related to qualitative evidence syntheses. She is a co-coordinator of the CERQual (Confidence in the Evidence from Reviews of Qualitative Research) coordinating group.

The course fee is $368 per participant, with discounts for group tickets. A light lunch, morning and afternoon tea are all included. Find out more and sign up for the QES workshop on our Registration page

For any enquiries regarding any of our workshops in Australia, please contact the training team on +61 3 9903 0366 or at