Australian Top 5s: Cochrane Library 2016 Year in Review
The annual list of top 5 Cochrane Reviews and podcasts downloaded by Australians in 2016 offers an interesting national snapshot of diverse research areas.
Cochrane Australia Learning Week 2017
Registrations for Cochrane Australia Learning Week 2017 are now open. Join us for a week of wide-ranging courses offering new perspectives on systematic reviews and evidence production. For full details and online registration, visit our website at learningweek.cochrane.org.au
Improving media coverage of conflicts of interest: latest journalism workshop
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 Corp Australia, The Conversation and other organisations attended the half-day course at Sydney University.
Hilary Thomson puts narrative synthesis in the spotlight
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 challenges related to narrative synthesis, which to date have received little collective attention.
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By Emily Steele on behalf of Cochrane Crowd
Priority setting brings new perspectives and widespread benefits to the CCCRG
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 insights from and benefits to a diverse range of people and groups.
Music therapy strikes a chord
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
Room with a view: a scenic perspective on Project Transform at the half-way point
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 one hand, while helping manage one of Cochrane’s largest and most ambitious global projects on the other.
Life is full of trials: Peter Herbison reflects on four decades of research
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 from his recent tour of Victorian vineyards to share his thoughts on the most important factors in the health research equation.
New review lodged with Australian Government’s Elder Abuse Inquiry
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.