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NSLHD Launches the 2019-2024 Research Strategy

The plan, which covers the years 2019-2024, was the result of extensive consultation between experts from across the district. Research strategy and partnerships manager Rebeka Tennent helped drive the process, which was made a priority by Chief Executive Deb Willcox. For more information, visit

Did science save China?

As a part of  Nature’s 150-year anniversary collection of publications, Shellen Wu argues that it is an awakening of the spirit of scientific inquiry that has been responsible for the changes that have improved the living standards of this vast nation (Wu, 2019) —  that  “The red thread that runs through China’s past 150 years …

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The Office for Health and Medical Research

The Office for Health and Medical Research was established to implement the NSW Government’s strategic plan to build research capability in NSW following its NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review in 2012. The purpose was to establish NSW as a global centre of excellence in health and medical research innovation by building on the …

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Writing a short research proposal

Research Tips by Dr Julian Quinn Here, we outline some general pointers to writing a short document for seeking funding or some other type of support. Decide what the proposal is about and distil it into a short title This is a useful way to refine the central idea in a proposal. It must be …

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Dr Andrew Ellis – President of the Aust. Orthopaedic Assoc.

Dr Andrew Ellis, a senior orthopaedics surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital, is the incoming president of the  Australian Orthopaedic Association (October 2019-2020). He has worked at the hospital as a specialist orthopaedic surgeon for 25 years. Andrew began his internship there 10 years prior, trained on the Sydney Northside Training Program and gained his …

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Journal Club – What can be done to improve the credibility of systematic reviews?

John Ioannidis, famous for his 2005 article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” (Ioannidis, 2005) has subsequently raised concerns about the overproduction of systematic reviews (Flemming et al., 2016). Many he argues are of poor quality with multiple reviews covering the same ground. Most importantly, it is often unclear how the authors decided which …

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