Many Sax Institute staff study how research can play a role in creating health policies and designing programs and services. Our most recent involvement in research in this area is listed below.

Research papers

Atkinson JA, Page A, Prodan A, McDonnell G, Osgood N.Systems modelling tools to support policy and planning. 2018; Vol. 391, (10126):1158-9. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30302-7

Page A, Atkinson JA, Campos W, Heffernan M, Ferdousi S, Power A, Maranan N, Hickie I. A decision support tool to inform local suicide prevention activity in Greater Western Sydney (Australia). (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, April 19, 2018

Page A, Atkinson JA, Heffernan M, McDonnell G, Prodan A, Osgood N, Hickie I. Static metrics of impact for a dynamic problem: The need for smarter tools to guide suicide prevention planning and investment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 2018 Jan 1:1-8. doi: 10.1177/0004867417752866

Atkinson JA, Prodan A, Livingston M, Knowles D, O’Donnell E, Room R, Indig D, Page A, McDonnell G, Wiggers J. Impacts of licensed premises trading hour policies on alcohol-related harms. Addiction Journal, 3 Feb 2018; doi: 10.1111/add.14178.

Roberts N, Li V, Atkinson JA, Heffernan M, McDonnell G, Prodan A, Freebairn L, Lloyd B, Nieuwenhuizen S, Mitchell J, Lung T, Wiggers J. Can the target set for reducing childhood overweight and obesity be met? A system dynamics modelling study in New South Wales, Australia. (Systems Research and Behavioral Science – in press).

Atkinson JA, Knowles D, Wiggers J, Livingston M, Room R, Prodan A, et al. Harnessing advances in computer simulation to inform policy and planning to reduce alcohol-related harms. Int J Public Health. 2018;63(4):537-46. doi: 10.1007/s00038-017-1041-y

Brown, B, Young J, Smith DP, Kneebone AB, Brooks AJ, Egger S, Xhilaga M, Dominello A, O’Connell DL, Haines M. A multidisciplinary team-oriented intervention to increase guideline recommended care for high-risk prostate cancer: A stepped-wedge cluster randomised implementation trial. Implementation Science 2018;13:43 doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0733-x.

Dominello A, Yano EM, Klineberg E, Redman S, Craig J, Brown B, Kalucy D, Haines M. The EXpert PANel Decision (EXPAND) Method: a way to measure the impact of diverse quality improvement activities of clinical networks. Public Health Research & Practice, Published 6 December 2018. doi: 10.17061/phrp2841829.

Haines MM, Brown B, D’Este CA, Yano EM, Craig JC, Middleton S, Castaldi PA, Pollock CA, Needham K, Watt WH, Elliott EJ, Scott A, Dominello A, Klineberg E, Atkinson J, Paul C, Redman S, on behalf of the Clinical Networks Research Group. Improving the quality of healthcare: a cross-sectional study of the features of successful clinical networks. Public Health Research & Practice, Published 6 December 2018. doi: 10.17061/phrp28011803.

Moore G, Redman S, Rudge S, Haynes A., 2018. Do policy-makers find commissioned rapid reviews useful? Health Res Policy Syst. 2018 Feb 26;16(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s12961-018-0293-1. PubMed PMID: 29482643; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5828139

Haynes, A., Rowbotham, S.J., Redman, S., Brennan, S., Williamson, A. and Moore, G., 2018. What can we learn from interventions that aim to increase policy-makers’ capacity to use research? A realist scoping review. Health research policy and systems, 16(1), p.31

Moller H, Falster K, Ivers R, Clapham K, Harvey L, and Jorm L. High rates of hospitalised burn injury in Indigenous children living in remote areas: a population data linkage study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2018; 42 (1): 108-109.

Moore H C, Fathima P, Gidding H F, de Klerk N, Liu B, Sheppeard V, Effler P V, Snelling T L, McIntyre P, and Blyth C C. Assessment of on-time vaccination coverage in population subgroups: A record linkage cohort study. Vaccine, 2018; 36 (28): 4062-4069.


Atkinson JA, Knowles D, Wiggers J, Livingston M, Room R, Prodan A, et al. Harnessing advances in computer simulation to inform policy and planning to reduce alcohol-related harms. International Journal of Public Health 2017; Oct 19: doi: 10.1007/s00038-017-1041-y).

Heffernan M, Atkinson JA, McDonnell G, Roberts N, Li V, Freebairn L, Davison J, Prodan A. Reducing childhood overweight and Obesity: Can the target be reached by 2025? Proceedings of the 35th International Conference of the Systems Dynamics Society. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, 2017 (

Freebairn L, Rychetnik L, Atkinson JA, Kelly P, McDonnell G, Roberts N, Whittall C, Redman R. Knowledge mobilisation for policy development: implementing systems approaches through participatory dynamic simulation modelling. Health Research Policy and Systems 2017; 15:83.

Page A, Atkinson JA, Heffernan M, McDonnell G, Hickie I. A decision tool to inform Australian suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention strategies. Public Health Research & Practice April 2017; Vol. 27(2): e2721718.

Atkinson JA, O’Donnell E, Wiggers J, McDonnell G, Mitchell J, Freebairn L, Indig D and Rychetnik L. Dynamic simulation modelling of policy responses to reduce alcohol-related harms: rationale and procedure for a participatory approach. Public Health Research & Practice, 2017, 27 (1).

O’Donnell E, Atkinson JA, Freebairn L, and Rychetnik L. Participatory simulation modelling to inform public health policy and practice: rethinking the evidence hierarchies. Journal of Public Health Policy, 2017; 38(2): 203-215.

Macartney K, Gidding H F, Trinh L, Wang H, Dey A, Hull B, Orr K, McRae J, Richmond P, Gold M, Crawford N, Kynaston J A, McIntyre P, and Wood, N. Evaluation of combination Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella vaccine introduction in Australia. JAMA Pediatrics, 2017; 171 (10): 992 – 998.

Morrisroe K, Stevens W, Sahhar J, Ngian G-S, Rabusa C, Ferdowsi N, Hill C, Proudman S, and Nikpour M. Quantifying the direct public health care cost of systemic sclerosis. A comprehensive data linkage study. Medicine, 2017; 96 (48): e8503

Moller H, Harvey L, Falster K, Ivers R, Clapham K, and Jorm L. Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children hospitalised for burn injuries: a population data linkage study. MJA, 2017; 206 (9): 392-397.

Moore G and Campbell D. Increasing the use of research in policymaking. An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute ( for the NSW Ministry of Health, 2017

Howe M, Moore G, Rudge S, Williamson A. The role of intermediaries in the health sector. Developing Practice, Issue 48, 2017


Brown B, Egger S, Young J, Kneebone AB, Brooks AJ, Dominello A, Haines M. Changing Attitudes toward Management of Men with Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer following Radical Prostatectomy: A Follow-up Survey of Australian-based Urologists.  Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology [Internet]. 2016 Jun 27. doi: 10.1111/1754-9485.12483.

Brown B, Haines M, Middleton S, Paul C, D’Este C, Klineberg E, Elliott E on behalf of the Clinical Networks Research Group. Development and validation of a survey to measure features of clinical networks. BMC Health Services Research [Internet]. 2016:16;531. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1800-0

Brown B, Patel C, McInnes E, Mays N, Young J, Haines M. The effectiveness of clinical networks in improving quality of care and patient outcomes: A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies. BMC Health Services Research [Internet]. 2016;16(1):1-16. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1615-z

Brown B, Young J, Kneebone AB, Brooks AJ, Dominello A, Haines M. Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs towards management of men with locally advanced prostate cancer following radical prostatectomy: an Australian survey of urologists. BJU Int [Internet]. 2016; 117 Suppl 4:35–44. doi: 10.1111/bju.13037

Makkar SR, Turner T, Williamson A, Louviere J, Redman S, Haynes A, et al. The development of ORACLe: a measure of an organisation’s capacity to engage in evidence-informed health policy. Health Research Policy and Systems [Internet] 2016;14(4). doi: 10.1186/s12961-015-0069-9

Haynes A, Brennan S, Redman S, Williamson A, Gallego G, Butow P. Figuring out fidelity: a worked example of the methods used to identify, critique and revise the essential elements of a contextualised intervention in health policy agencies. Implementation Science [Internet] 2016;11(1):1–18. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0378-6


Redman S, Haynes A, Williamson A. Research impact: neither quick nor easy (invited commentary). BMC Medicine [Internet] 2015; 13(265). doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0501-6

McInnes E, Haines M, Dominello A, Kalucy D, Jammali-Blasi A, Middleton S, Klineberg E. What are the reasons for clinical network success? A qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res [Internet] 2015; 15:497. doi:10.1186/s12913-1096-5

Milat A, Bauman A, Redman S. Narrative review of models and success factors for scaling up public health interventions. Implement Sci [Internet]. 2015, 10:113 doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0301-6

King L, Newson R, Cohen G, Schroeder J, Redman S, et al. Tracking funded health intervention research. Med J Aust [Internet]. 2015; 203(4):184. doi:10.5694/mja14.01540

Newson R, King L, Rychetnik L, Bauman AE, Redman S, et al. A mixed methods study of the factors that influence whether intervention research has policy and practice impacts: perceptions of Australian researchers. BMJ Open [Internet] 2015;5:e008153. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008153

Redman S, Turner T, Davies H, Williamson A, Haynes A, et al. The SPIRIT Action Framework: a structured approach to selecting and testing strategies to increase the use of research in policy. Soc Sci Med [Internet] 2015;136–137:147–55. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.05.009

Haynes A, et al. Developing definitions for a knowledge exchange intervention in health policy and program agencies: reflections on process and value. Int J Soc Res Meth [Internet] 2015;18(2):145–9. doi:10.1080/13645579.2014.921457


Brown B, Young J, Smith DP, Kneebone AB, Brooks AJ, et al. Clinician-led improvement in cancer care (CLICC) – testing a multifaceted implementation strategy to increase evidence-based prostate cancer care: phased randomised controlled trial – study protocol. Implement Sci [Internet] 2014;9:64. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-9-64

CIPHER Investigators. Supporting Policy In health with Research: an Intervention Trial (SPIRIT)—protocol for a stepped wedge trial. BMJ Open [Internet] 2014;4(7)e005293. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005293

Huckel Schneider C et al. What are the key organisational capabilities that facilitate research use in public health policy? Public Health Res Pract [Internet] 2014;25(1)e2511406. doi: 10.17061/phrp2511406

Haynes A et al. Protocol for the process evaluation of a complex intervention designed to increase the use of research in health policy and program organisations (the SPIRIT study).  Implement Sci [Internet] 2014;9(1):12. doi: 10.1186/s13012-014-0113-0


Haines M, Brown B, Craig J, D’Este C, Elliott E, Klineberg E, McInnes E, Middleton S, Paul C, Redman S, Yano EM on behalf of Clinical Networks Research Group. Determinants of successful clinical networks: the conceptual framework and study protocol. Implement Sci [Internet] 2012;7:16. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-7-16

Haynes A, Derrick GE, Redman S, Hall WD, Gillespie JA, Chapman S, Sturk H. Identifying experts: the ways that policymakers find and assess public health researchers for consultation and collaboration. PLoS one [Internet] 2012;7(3):e32665. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032665

McInnes E, Middleton S, Gardner G, Haines M, Haertsch M, Paul CL, Castaldi P. A qualitative study of stakeholder views of the conditions for and outcomes of successful clinical networks. BMC Health Serv Res [Internet] 2012;12:49. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-49

Milat AJ, King L, Bauman A, Redman S. The concept of scalability: increasing the scale and potential adoption of health promotion interventions into policy and practice. Health Promot Int [Internet] 2012 Jan 12. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dar097


Haynes A, Derrick GE, Chapman S, Redman S, Hall WD, Gillespie J, Sturk H. From “our world” to the “real world”: exploring the views and behaviour of policy-influential Australian public health researchers. Soc Sci Med [Internet] 2011;72(7):1047–1055. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.02.004

Haynes A, Derrick GE, Gillespie JA, Redman S, Hall WD, Chapman S, Sturk H. Galvanizers, guides, champions and shields: the many ways that policymakers use public health researchers. Milbank Q [Internet] 2011;89(4):564–98. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0009.2011.00643.x

Milat AJ, Bauman A, Redman S, Curac N. Public health research outputs from efficacy to dissemination: a bibliometric analysis. BMC Public Health [Internet]. 2011;11:934. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-934.

Milat AJ, King L, Bauman A, Redman S. Scaling up health promotion interventions: an emerging concept in implementation science. Health Promot J Austr [Internet] 2011;22(3):238.

Moore G, Redman, S, Haines M, Todd A. What works to increase the use of research in population health policy and programmes: A review. Evid Policy [Internet] 2011;7(3):277–305. doi: 10.1332/174426411X579199


Haines M, Redman S, Jorm LR, Wozniak TM, Lujic S. Putting science to work for healthcare reform – how much research is available to support improvements to our hospitals? Med J Aust 2010;192(11):646–50.


The Sax Institute (2011) NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation: What have the clinical networks achieved and who has been involved? 2006–2008