The Sax Institute produces a range of publications, including: published research in peer-reviewed journals; Evidence Check Reviews, evidence summaries designed to answer specific policy questions; and a peer-reviewed public health journal Public Health Research & Practice.

Physical density to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in hospital wards

22 March 2021. This Evidence Snapshot was commissioned by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to support decision making on management of hospital inpatients to reduce transmission of COVID-19. It looked at the evidence for physical distancing in hospital wards as a means of preventing...

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Lifestyle modification programs

22 March 2021. This Evidence Check review explored factors contributing to effective referral to population based lifestyle modification programs for people with chronic disease. It considered factors which influence practitioner referrals to such programs and factors influencing the likelihood of the patient engaging with and completing a program. The...

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Evidence Matters Issue 52

March 2021. In this edition: racism in the health system, co-production, prostate cancer, plus more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here

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Evidence Matters Issue 51

February 2021. In this edition: COVID-19 survey insights, Indigenous teen smoking research, an interview with Emily Banks, plus more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here

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Pharmacological actions and associated therapeutic levels of phytocannabinoids

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20 January 2021. This review examined the pharmacological and possible therapeutic effects of various plant-derived cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) in adults and children. There is reasonably good evidence of the therapeutic effects of CBD, with no evidence of THC-like intoxication. Evidence relating to potential therapeutic effects of the remaining phytocannabinoids mostly...

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Evidence Matters Issue 50

December 2020. In this edition: new cancer research, how COVID-19 impacted access to healthcare services this year, and a bright future for cardiovascular research. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here

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Drug and alcohol psychosocial interventions

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16 December 2020. This Evidence Check reviewed effective psychosocial interventions for the management of people with alcohol and other drug issues. The review also aimed to identify the most effective psychosocial interventions for special population groups. A range of psychosocial interventions were examined, including behavioural, motivational, psychodynamic, counselling, mindfulness-based...

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The Arts and Creative Industries in Health Promotion

1 December 2020. A National Arts and Health Framework was endorsed by all Australian states and territories in 2014; acknowledging the role of the arts in contributing to health and wellbeing.  This review, commissioned by VicHealth, aimed to identify: effective approaches for improving arts participation (especially in priority groups);...

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Evidence Matters Issue 49

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November 2020. In this edition: new COVID-19 surveys, alcohol and cancer findings, jobs that come with a higher suicide risk, winners of the PHRP Awards, plus more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here

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2019–20 Annual Report

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“The 2019–20 financial year brought global health and policy challenges unforeseeable just a few months earlier. From the unprecedented Australian bushfire season that began in late 2019, to the global COVID‑19 pandemic of 2020, the need for high‑quality evidence and analysis to inform policy responses has seldom been greater.”...

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