Science, Medicine and Health

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses, 3-day course

When? 11 - 13th June 2019

Where? University of Wollongong - Wollongong Campus, Wollongong NSW

Who should attend? HDR students, researchers and clinicians with an interest in understanding and performing meta-analysis. Our approach is mainly practical and participants with introductory level epidemiological and statistical knowledge should be able to fully understand the materials.

Short description

The course consists of a mixture of lectures, to cover essential theoretical background, and hands-on tutorials and computer exercises, to provide practical experience with analyses of real meta-analytic datasets. Topics covered include:

  • Day 1: Systematic reviews – defining the research question, registration in PROSPERO, searching the literature, selecting the studies, assessing their methodological quality and reporting the findings.
  • Day 2: Meta-analysis 1 – data extraction and pooling with fixed-effect and random effects models (dichotomous or continuous outcome data in RCTs).
  • Day 3: Meta-analysis 2 - how to deal with heterogeneity (subgroup analysis and meta-regression)? How to deal with missing data? How to account for multiple interventions and multiple outcomes?


  • $450 UOW HDR students
  • $600 UOW staff
  • $750 LHD researchers
  • $900 external participants

GST and catering included

Course Presenters:

1 School of Medicine | Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH);
2 Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI); and
3 National Institute of Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA) | Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS)

Preliminary Program 

For course information please contact either one of the following presenters:
Elizabeth Neale
Marijka Batterham  
Isabel Ferreira

Registration Form 

If you require assistance please email

Maximum # of participants: 25

Note: registrations will close on June 3rd (COB)

Last reviewed: 23 May, 2019