Training and support for Cochrane review authors

Cochrane Australia provides training and support for authors and editors around the country. Throughout the year we hold regular workshops designed to meet the needs of both new and more experienced authors and researchers. Introductory training for new authors covers the methods required for most systematic reviews of interventions.

In October 2019, the second edition of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions was published. The updated guidance has been meticulously planned and brings together the latest methods and empirical research to help reviewers produce the most reliable and useful evidence synthesis. Some of the key changes include the new risk of bias tool for randomised trials, practical guidance on planning and preparing for synthesis, and synthesising and presenting results when meta-analysis is not possible. In tandem with these methods developments, RevMan (the program Cochrane uses to produce its reviews) is transitioning to a web-based version during 2020. The three-day introductory course will incorporate these changes.

From time to time we run special workshops covering more advanced topics, or that are hosted by other Cochrane groups. We also hold a biennial symposium for regional contributors, which provides an in-depth look at current methodological and organisational issues that affect review authors, staff of Cochrane groups, and other interested contributors.

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