At this year’s symposium we are marking two notable milestones for Cochrane.

The long-awaited new version of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions is officially released in October and will soon be in the hands of eager reviewers. The updated guidance has been meticulously planned and brings together the latest methods and empirical research to help us produce the most reliable evidence syntheses.

Two areas of guidance that have undergone substantial development are how we consider bias among studies and how we make best use of available data when planning and conducting synthesis. Two full-day courses, led by the Handbook chapter authors, will cover both these topics.

Earlier this year Karla Soares-Weiser became Cochrane’s second editor in chief. As well as having a long-standing connection with Cochrane that goes right back to the beginnings of the organisation, Karla also led a successful systematic review consultancy before becoming deputy editor of the Library in 2015. In her first visit to Australia in her new role, Karla will set out her plans for the Cochrane Library and the future of review production within Cochrane.

As well as hearing from Karla, there will be opportunities to hear from others about what’s happening in Cochrane, including tech updates (RevMan Web, Covidence), KT initiatives, and snapshots of the new Handbook.

Come along to one, two or all three days of the Australasian Cochrane Symposium.

Day 1: Monday 25 November 9am-5pm 
New tools for considering bias (Workshop)

Day 2: Tuesday 26 November, 9am-5pm
New guidance on synthesis (Workshop)

Day 3: Wednesday 27 November, 9am-12.30pm
Cochrane Symposium
A morning to immerse yourself in the world of Cochrane, welcome our new editor in chief Karla Soares-Weiser, and celebrate the publication of the new edition of the Cochrane Handbook.

Further details to follow in the coming weeks…


You can register to attend either or both workshops ($165 each or $275 for both). Day three is free and open to all – you don’t need to have attended the workshops – however we do ask that people register. Register online here.


The workshops and symposium will be held in the ground floor meeting rooms of the Monash University, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at 553 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

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Getting here

For public transport options visit the PTV Journey Planner website. 
If you plan to drive, there are two hour meter car parks along St Kilda Road and a private Wilsons car park at 517 St Kilda Road that you can pre-book online.  


There are a number of hotels within walking distance or a short-tram ride away. Possibilities include The Cullen, The Blackman, The Parkview and Mantra.  

Questions? Drop us a line below or contact us on +61 3 9903 0366.

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About Cochrane Australia

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Cochrane Australia supports contributors to Cochrane around the country, primarily by providing education and learning opportunities. We also undertake research, consultancy, advocate for evidence-informed health policies and practices, and foster local engagement with the global Cochrane network.