A Sax Institute Evidence Review is a fast and accurate summary of the latest health evidence, presented in an easy-to-read format.

Our Knowledge Exchange team creates Evidence Reviews to support a range of decisions in health and social services, policy and programs.

This Evidence Review Library houses a selection of 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 effectiveness of opioid treatment delivery methods

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26 May 2022. This Evidence Snapshot review identifies innovative models of service delivery for Opioid Treatment Programs and their costs. The review was conducted to support improving access to treatment in NSW. Innovative models of opioid treatment identified were digital health, primary care, low threshold, group-based treatment, and mobile...

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Support along the cancer pathway for Aboriginal people

23 May 2022. This Evidence Check Review, commissioned by the Cancer Institute NSW, reviewed recent evidence relating to cancer care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples and Indigenous peoples from New Zealand and Canada. It aimed to identify barriers to accessing screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management; and...

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Evidence on programs to address youth homelessness

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10 May 2022. This Evidence Check review looked at the grey and peer reviewed literature related to the effectiveness of programs to support children and young people (10-17 years) at risk of homelessness. It aimed to identify key features of effective programs, core/common elements of the included programs and...

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Patient experience surveys for vulnerable families

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11 April 2022. This Evidence Check identifies patient‐reported experience measures (PREMs) used to evaluate integrated services. The review was conducted to support the development of a survey to use with families accessing the NSW Vulnerable Families program in order to better understand their experiences. Only a small number of...

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Barriers and enablers to embedding smoking cessation support in community service organisations

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6 April 2022. This Rapid Evidence Summary aimed to identify barriers and enablers to embedding smoking cessation support into the routine work of community service organisations (CSOs), a setting which provides access to priority and disadvantaged groups. The authors also looked more broadly at barriers and enablers to supporting...

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The effectiveness of strategies to address vaccine hesitancy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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6 April 2022. This Evidence Snapshot provides a rapid review of evidence on strategies to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The authors examined strategies to address vaccine hesitancy among Indigenous peoples in well-resourced settings worldwide, focusing on COVID-19 vaccination and the program roll-out....

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Diabetes programs for Aboriginal people

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6 April 2022. This Rapid Evidence Scan was commissioned to identify diabetes programs for Aboriginal people with a focus on education, early identification, treatment, self-management, foot care, amputation and other complications of diabetes. Rapid, but systematic searches were undertaken of peer reviewed and grey literature. The included literature reported...

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Review of effectiveness of certain health lifestyle interventions 2014-2019

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22 March 2022. Key behavioural risk factors for cancer include alcohol, poor diet and lack of physical activity. This review aimed to identify primary prevention interventions which are effective in increasing adults’ adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviours including reducing alcohol consumption, increasing physical activity, increasing healthy eating, and reducing...

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Integrated approaches for domestic and family violence, mental health issues and alcohol and other drug use

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21 February 2022. This Evidence Check examines international and Australian policies, programs and models of practice for integrated, trauma-informed responses for domestic violence, mental health issues and/or alcohol and other drug use and dependence. The reviewers identified the Integrated Domestic Family Violence Service Program as the most consistently sound...

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Psychiatric service delivery for older people with mental disorders and dementia

11 February 2022. This Evidence Check aimed to summarise the evidence on effective models of psychiatry service delivery for older people in four types of hospital and residential / long-stay care services. The review found that hospital mental health wards for older people were effective in improving neuropsychiatric symptoms,...

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