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.

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...


Suicide postvention services

29 January 2020. 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...


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...


Family Partnerships

Published: 31 October 2019 This review summarises what is known about how and why partnerships between families and educators help to support mental health and wellbeing. It also identifies what strategies build and maintain these partnerships. Families have one of the most important roles to play in the physical...


Early Support

Published: 31 October 2019 This review summarises recent evidence on what programs for educators are effective in improving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. Educators are often some of the first adults children and young people turn to when experiencing mental health issues. Knowing how and...


Responding Together

Published: 31 October 2019 This review summarises recent evidence on the strategies that have been effective in helping educators in schools and early learning services support mental wellbeing in response to critical incidents. Critical incidents happen in every learning environment, but how educators prepare for and respond to such...