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.

Community-based approaches to adolescent obesity

August 2017. Miller M, Damarell R, Bell L, Moores C, Miller J, Matwiejczyk L. With more than a quarter of Australian adolescents currently considered overweight or obese, robust targets to reduce prevalence have been set. Evidence around obesity prevention approaches is needed to inform future interventions. This review focused...


The Patient Centred Medical Home: barriers and enablers to implementation

January 2018. Pearse J, Mazevska D. This review examined published and grey literature (2013–2017) to identify barriers and enablers to the implementation of a patient centred medical home model. Five central themes emerge: policy settings and funding incentives; transformation and change management; care coordination beyond the practice; health information...


Trans fats consumption in Australia

December 2017. Wu JHY, Downs S, Catterall E, Bloem M, Zheng M, Veerman L, Barendregt J, Thomas B. This expert commentary analyses data and recent policy developments to: examine the levels of trans fatty acids (TFA) in food consumed in Australia; assess the corresponding burden on coronary heart disease...


Dietary fats and cardiovascular disease

Rapid review: Dietary fats and CVD

November 2017. Clifton P, Keogh J. This review examined the evidence for the association between dietary fat consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Commissioned by the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the review looked at CVD incidence, outcomes for people with existing CVD, and the effectiveness of manipulating dietary fat...


Women and women with children residential rehabilitation best practice

November 2017. Williams B, Bowles K, Lubman D, Chakraborty S, Beovich B et al. This review examines models of care and aftercare for women and women with children in residential rehabilitation for alcohol and other drug problems. The review also explores the benefits of treatment services which allow children...


Specialist dementia care units

Evidence check

September 2017. Masso M, Duncan C, Grootemaat P, Phillipson L, Samsa P, Fildes D, Gordon R. This review examined the international evidence regarding effective management and care of people with severe and extreme behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. The review looked at what specialist dementia care units have...


International food service initiatives

October 2017. Carins J, Pang B, Knox K, Wilmott T, Storr R, Robertson D, Rundle-Thiele S and Pettigrew S. This Evidence Check rapid review was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and brokered by the Sax Institute for The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to better understand the evidence...


Inpatient care for children and adolescents with mental disorders

Evidence Check

September 2017. Indig D, Gear C, York A. This review examined evidence about when inpatient care is the most effective and appropriate form of care for children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental disorders. The evidence is limited and synthesis is difficult given the small sample sizes and...


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression and Schizophrenia

August 2017. Ma N, Atukorale Y, Marlow N, Duncan J, Cameron A This review examines the current evidence for the clinical efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for patients with major depression and/or schizophrenia. It also looks at evidence for its use within particular patient sub...


Effectiveness of alcohol and other drug interventions in at-risk Aboriginal youth

June 2017. Doran CM, Kinchin I, Bainbridge R, McCalman J and Shakeshaft A.  This review was conducted to identify the most effective interventions to reduce the risk of alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harm among at-risk Aboriginal youth. Fifty-two studies from across four countries were included in the...