What we do
The Melbourne GRADE centre acts as a regional base for the GRADE working group in Australia, providing training and support for systematic review authors and those developing health guidance. GRADE methods provide a transparent approach to rating the certainty of evidence and developing healthcare recommendations.
Our centre aims to enable use of the GRADE approach through activities that include:
Training in the use and interpretation of GRADE – courses are offered regularly in Melbourne and other locations
Methodological support and consultancy for those wanting to use GRADE methods in clinical practice guidelines, research synthesis and health policy
Who we are
The Melbourne GRADE centre is based at Cochrane Australia. Our team of trainers, methodologists and researchers bring long-standing experience from our work supporting review authors and guideline developers, and applying and advancing systematic review methods.
All members of our team hold roles within Cochrane, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that produces systematic reviews recognised as an international gold standard for high quality, trusted health information. Cochrane was among the first organisations to implement GRADE and contributes to the development of GRADE through its Cochrane GRADEing methods group. The Melbourne GRADE centre formalises our team’s regional role in supporting the use of GRADE by review authors and those developing health guidance.
One-day courses are held in Melbourne and other states. We offer two standard workshops:
Using the GRADE approach to summarise evidence for policy and practice is designed for review authors and others involved in evidence synthesis. The course covers GRADE methods for assessing the certainty of evidence, preparing summary of findings tables and evidence profiles, and software to support the use of GRADE.
Using the GRADE approach in guideline development is designed for those developing guidance for clinical practice or policy. The course introduces the principles of the GRADE approach, assessing the certainty of evidence, and making recommendations using the evidence to decisions framework.
Scheduled courses for 2020 are as follows, with further dates planned.
Our centre contributes to the development of GRADE through collaborating on GRADE-related research and disseminating new guidance. Members of our team have a special interest in the use of GRADE in overviews of systematic reviews, and are leading research in this area. Learn more.
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