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:
- Improving the descriptions of interventions in research (such as trials and systematic reviews) and developing online tools to enable authors to more easily create complete descriptions of interventions
- Developing tools, including automation tools, that enable many steps in the systematic review process to be done faster and more efficiently
- Undertaking research in research waste and creating resources to increase the value of research (in conjunction with the Reward Alliance)
- Contributing to the creation and/or updating of key reporting guidelines (e.g. TIDieR, PRISMA, STARD, PRISMA for Abstracts)
- Providing training activities within the Australasian region in research reporting, publication skills, and research protocols.
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.
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.
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.
Sharon is a clinical epidemiologist with extensive experience in evidence synthesis and systematic reviews of all types. She is a meta-researcher who has assessed research reporting against research reporting guidelines, with a view to helping improve the integrity and reporting of future research. She works with students, researchers and clinician researchers to enhance awareness and use of reporting guidelines.
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
Professor Tammy Hoffmann
Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare,
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia 4229
This page was updated on 18 October 2023