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HAVE study protocol

Posted by Sanjeewa Kularatna on 16 May 2016

Quality-adjusted life years are derived using health state utility weights which adjust for the relative value of living in each health state compared with living in perfect health. Various techniques are used to estimate health state utility weights including time-trade-off and standard gamble. These methods have exhibited limitations in terms of complexity, validity and reliability. A new composite approach using experimental auctions to value health states is introduced in this protocol.

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Accelerated Leadership Performance Program Scholarship

Posted by Tracy Comans on 5 May 2016

Tracy Comans has been successful in obtaining a scholarship to attend the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program to be held in Brisbane later this year. These scholarships are designed to support the development of women leaders in Australian industries.

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Griffith CAHE Wins Awards for Research Excellence

Posted by Paul Scuffham on 28 April 2016
The CAHE team recently won the Vice Chancellor's and the Pro Vice Chancellor's awards in "Research Excellence" for the "Research Group or Team" category. Well done everyone.

Soft Drink Taxes in Australia - Is it time?

Posted by Tracy Comans on 7 April 2016

A major report published by the United Nations overnight had the dramatic headline that diabetes cases have increased fourfold over the last 25 years; an astonishing increase put down largely to growing consumption of food and beverages high in sugar.

The UK has recently introduced a soft drink tax designed to reduce rates of childhood obesity. This has been introduced after the success of a similar taxes in Mexico, Hungary, France, Chile, Dominca and the Californian city of Berkely. In Mexico, purchases of taxed drinks have declined over the past two years (up to 12%) with higher reductions (up to 17%) in poorer households.

Australia following the lead of other countries to investigate a sugar tax in the short term has two chances: none and Buckley's and Buckley just left town. In 2013 we sought to investigate the use of taxation to reduce childhood obesity through a grant from the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA), the agency whose remit was to research policy around reducing obesity and alcohol and tobacco harm. The purpose of doing this research was to be able to collect evidence in order to provide informed debate on the use of food and drink taxation in health policy in Australia something you might think policy makers would welcome.

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