Controlling the COVID-19 pandemic will rely largely on people accepting COVID-19 vaccines.* Evidence-based communication materials can help address the hesitancy some people may feel. This guide (download pdf), developed by NCIRS and drawing on global literature, highlights factors that may facilitate or act as barriers to people's acceptance of the [...]
The 2018 International Guidelines for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were intended to standardise diagnosis and improve care, but they also endorsed the controversial Rotterdam diagnostic criteria. These include a larger pool of individuals than alternative definitions and turn many more women into PCOS patients. A growing body of research shows that labelling some women with [...]
Listen to the recording of 'Looking forward, looking back: applying lessons in Covid communication to emerging vaccination issue.' Panel members Kirsten McCaffery, Director, Sydney Health Literacy Lab Holly Seale, Associate Professor, UNSW Medicine Dipti Zachariah, Multicultural Health Team Leader, WSLHD Sia Anthopoulos, Director, Corporate Communications, WSLHD
Recent US guidelines lowered the threshold for diagnosing hypertension while other international guidelines use alternative/no labels for the same group (blood pressure [BP], <140/90 mm Hg). We investigated potential benefits and harms of hypertension and high-normal BP labels, compared with control, among people at lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
'Parenting + Improving health and service-use outcomes through health literacy training for new parents: an effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial' has received funding from the NHMRC. CIs include Kirsten McCaffery, Danielle Muscat, Don Nutbeam, Virginia Schmied, Li Ming Wen, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Alison Hayes, Erin Cvejic and Heather Shepherd in collaboration with Western [...]
Dr Jolyn Hersch was awarded an Early Career Fellowship grant of $590,000 to lead a project ensuring ethical and flexible consent in cancer genomic research and clinical practice. Featured in the University of Sydney's Staff News, 24 March 2021.