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Australasian EQUATOR Centre

In addition to helping carry out the strategic vision of the EQUATOR network in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, the Australasian EQUATOR Centre’s focus is on reducing waste and enhancing the value of biomedical research.

Examples of our current activities include:

 

Co-Directors

Professor Tammy Hoffmann, Co-Director

Professor Tammy Hoffmann

Tammy is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University. Her research spans many aspects of evidence-based practice, shared decision making, knowledge translation, and minimising waste in research. Tammy has been involved in the development of a number of reporting guidelines. As part of her interest in improving the reporting, useability, and uptake of effective non-pharmacological interventions, she led the development of the TIDieR (Template for Intervention Description and Replication) checklist and guide.

Professor Paul Glasziou, Co-Director

Professor Paul Glasziou

Paul is a Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine and Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice. He is a leader within the Reward Alliance, investigating research waste and promoting better prioritisation, design, conduct, regulation, management and reporting of health research. Other interests include overdiagnosis and overtreatment, general practice, uptake of evidence for non-drug interventions, and automation of systematic review processes.

 

Research staff

 

Professor Elaine Beller, Research Staff member

Associate Professor Elaine Beller

Elaine is a biostatistician and clinical trialist with more than 25 years of research experience. One of her research areas is focused on reducing the waste in research effort by improving the quality of published research reports, particularly in systematic reviews and randomised trials. Elaine led the PRISMA for Abstracts extension of the PRISMA Statement.

 

Information specialist

Justin Clark, Information Specialist

Justin Clark

Justin is the Senior Research Information Specialist at the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Bond University. He is also the Cochrane Information Specialist for the Acute Respiratory Infections Group, a member of the Cochrane Information Specialists Executive and the Co-Lead of the search group of the Living Evidence Network. His work focuses on locating and retrieving information in a way that minimises workloads for research teams. He has been working on developing tools and methods for the automation of systematic reviews. He has recently led a trial evaluating one of these tools by comparing human performance using them, to human performance not using them.

Justin is also completing his PhD (part-time) under the supervision of Prof Paul Glasziou, Asst Prof Sharon Sanders and Assoc Prof Elaine Beller. His research, titled “Improved systematic searching for improving systematic reviews”, aims to improve the speed and efficiency of conducting systematic reviews by creating an enhanced way of conducting a systematic searching workflow which will combine the most effective methods of searching with a range of Systematic Review Automation tools.

 

Software development specialists

Dr Matt Carter

Connor Forbes

 

Contact

Professor Tammy Hoffmann
Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare,
Bond University
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 4229

 

 

This page was updated on 8 November 2021