Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research

New Australasian EQUATOR Centre opening in March


Professor Elaine Beller, Co-Director of the Australasian EQUATOR CentreThe EQUATOR Network is delighted to announce the opening of the fourth EQUATOR Centre in March this year. Joining our UK, Canadian and French centres, EQUATOR Australasia will be based in Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP).

Professor Paul Glasziou and Associate Professor Elaine Beller, both of the CREBP, will head up the new centre, which aims to improve medical reporting across both continents. They hope to establish collaborating centres in Asia in the next few years.

“Improved reporting has wide-reaching positive benefits for the whole community and, ultimately, that is what we want to achieve in Australasia,” said Prof Glasziou. “By presenting new research in a way that is credible, easily interpreted and comprehensive, we ensure, for example, that a doctor reading the article can easily apply new best practice techniques to their patients.”

The new centre will launch during the first Australian symposium on improving the quality of medical and health research literature, held at Bond University on 3 March 2016. The symposium will bring together some of Australia’s leading academics to discuss strategies for ensuring research reporting meets the benchmarks of transparency, accuracy, reproducibility and useability, in a bid to reduce ‘research waste’.

“The symposium will cover a range of issues including why we need to improve reporting, reporting guidelines, how templates positively impact reporting, the need for both qualitative and quantitative research and open access articles,” said Assoc Prof Beller. “We want to look at this issue from all angles, which means going all the way back to research design as well as how the results are reported.

“The workshop will also involve a strategic planning session on how we can best move forward in Australia, and we encourage anyone who is interested to come along and share their thoughts so we can all work together to improve the system.”

The Official Opening Symposium for the Australasian EQUATOR Centre will be held on Thursday 3 March from 9am to 1.30pm at the Bond Institute of Health and Sport, 2 Promethean Way, Robina. The symposium is free to attend, but places are limited. To register please contact Melanie Vermeulen at mvermeul@bond.edu.au or visit www.crebp.net for further information.


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