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.

Evidence Matters Issue 41

Cover image of the Evidence Matters newsletter.

December 2019. The dangers of second hand drinking, the most effective ways to tackle obesity, and how depression is preventing women with heart disease from living healthier lifestyles, and more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here


Effectiveness of mental health electronic medical records


11 December 2019. This review examines the evidence surrounding effectiveness of electronic medical records (eMRs) in terms of usability and uptake in mental health settings. Acceptability of mental health eMRs was found to be higher when useability and reliability were also high, and technical support was available. Factors associated...


Suicide aftercare services


11 December 2019. Suicide aftercare is designed to increase access to and engagement with care to prevent repetition of suicidal behaviour or self-harm. Across the country, various models of aftercare are being implemented, including non-clinical and community-based services. Most of these services are evidence-informed but are yet to be...


Suicide postvention services

11 December 2019. Suicide postvention comprises a concerted response to, and provision of care for, people bereaved by suicide including those impacted by the suicide of a family member, friend or person in their social network. Currently, various forms of postvention services are available, such as group support, grief...


Evidence Matters Issue 40

The cover image of Evidence Matters - three women smile at the camera, they are the winners of the Research Action Awards 2019.

November 2019. In this issue: the three winners of the Research Action Awards 2019, new evidence on the mental health of young Australians, the health impacts of climate change, and more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to Evidence Matters


2018–19 Annual Report

The cover image of the Sax Institute Annual Report 2019. The cover is an image of a woman lifting a young girl into the air while they are both laughing.

“Our partners, collaborators and clients value three characteristics above all that define the Sax Institute: our independence, our expertise and our determination to follow the evidence… This year has been exceptionally strong for the Sax Institute and has demonstrated a growing interest nationally in our expertise and approach – neatly...


Addressing the social and commercial determinants of healthy weight

Evidence Check cover page for addressing the social and commercial determinants of healthy weight

Published: 4 November 2019 This review examines the social and commercial determinants of healthy eating, physical activity and obesity, and identifies effective and promising interventions focused on the social and commercial determinants of health that could be implemented in Australia to improve healthy weight. Included studies focused on structural...


Population-level strategies to support healthy weight

Evidence Check cover for population level strategies to support healthy weight

Published: 4 November 2019 This review was commissioned to inform the development of the National Obesity Strategy. It identified population-level interventions, programs and policy approaches that are effective in improving healthy eating and physical activity. The review found 31 interventions related to food systems, physical activity, public policy, regulation...


Mentally Healthy Communities

Published: 31 October 2019 A mentally healthy learning community aims to support children and young people to achieve their best possible mental health. This review identifies and summarises recent evidence on, firstly, what are the key attributes of a mentally healthy learning community; and secondly, on what strategies have...


Learning Resilience

Published: 31 October 2019 This review identifies evidence on the relationship between social and emotional learning skills and mental health and wellbeing in children and young people. It also identifies strategies have been effective for educators to support children and young people to build social and emotional learning skills. Social...