A Sax Institute Evidence Check involves conducting a rapid review of existing research and evidence that is tailored to  a policy agency’s individual needs. Our Knowledge Exchange team then coordinates an Evidence Check Review – a concise summary of evidence that answers specific policy questions presented in a policy-friendly format.

The Evidence Check Library houses a selection of Evidence Check Reviews conducted for policy agencies over the past two years.

To commission a review call + 61 2 9188 9500 or email the Knowledge Exchange team.

The intersections between mental health and sexual assault and abuse

1 July 2020. This review examined the intersections between mental health and sexual assault and abuse. It aimed to identify key learnings related to service delivery and responses to improve mental health outcomes for people impacted by sexual assault and abuse. It reviewed themes related to sexual abuse and/or...


Frameworks to support the implementation of genomics into clinical care

30 June 2020. Establishing genomics within clinical practice poses many challenges. NSW Ministry of Health commissioned this review to identify frameworks that have been used to support the translation of genomic research into clinical practice. Although the literature on the use and evaluation of frameworks that have actively translated...


Biomedical engineering: a critical workforce in healthcare delivery

29 June 2020. This Evidence Check rapid review aims to describe the current state of the biomedical engineering workforce in NSW and the challenges to maintaining this workforce. It draws on a scoping report prepared by the NSW Ministry of Health, a desktop review and interviews with key informants....


Community-based health promotion for older adults

29 June 2020. This review aimed to identify community-based programs for over 60s that combine physical activity with other activities addressing key health risk factors, and which are effective in improving health behaviours and outcomes in this age group. It also considered applicable to NSW, identifying characteristics relevant to...


Designing mental health facilities that prevent the use of seclusion and restraint

15 June 2020. This review examined research on physical design features in mental health facilities that reduce the use of seclusion and restraint. Overall, the review found evidence that the physical environment can have a role in supporting better outcomes for consumers of inpatient mental health services, including reduction...


The use of masks by asymptomatic people to reduce COVID transmission

The use of masks by asymptomatic people to reduce transmission of COVID-19

5 June 2020. This Evidence Snapshot found insufficient evidence that masks are effective in reducing transmission among asymptomatic people in community settings. There was a lack of high-level evidence, with small measures of effect found in some studies. However, 10 of the 13 peer reviewed studies held that face...


Quarantining patients prior to elective surgery during COVID-19

Does quarantining patients before elective surgery to reduce the transmission of COVID-19?

5 June 2020. This Evidence Snapshot found no peer reviewed or grey literature on the effectiveness of quarantining patients before elective surgery to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Citation: Moore G, Rudge S, Jameson B. Quarantining patients prior to elective surgery during COVID-19: an Evidence Snapshot brokered by the...


The effectiveness of Virtual Hospital models of care

8 April 2020. This Rapid Evidence Scan examined the effectiveness of virtual hospital models of care. While no reviews evaluated a complete model, tele-healthcare only and tele-healthcare with remote telemonitoring interventions demonstrated similar or significantly better clinical or health system outcomes including reduced hospitalisations, readmissions, emergency department visits and...


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


29 January 2020. 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...