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.

Evidence for smoking quitlines (NEW)

April 2019. Carson-Chahhoud, Kopsaftis Z, Sharrad K, Esterman A. This review examines the evidence for smoking quitlines—telephone-based services providing behavioural support for people seeking to stop smoking, and advice to family, friends and professionals who wish to support others to quit. The review aimed to understand the key components...

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Animal sourced protein meat and poultry and heart health

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December 2018. Ndanuko R, Marklund M, Zheng M, Collins C, Raubenheimer D, Wu J. This review examines the relationship between unprocessed meat intake and cardiovascular disease (CVD), focusing on: the association between meat/poultry consumption and CVD risk in adults; whether there is a level of consumption at which the...

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Digital platforms as effective health promotion tools

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March 2019. Zarnowiecki D, Mauch C, Middleton G, Bradley A, Murawsky L, et al. This Evidence Check found digital health promotion interventions targeting parents can significantly improve parents’ and children’s dietary intake. 

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Addressing unwarranted variation in healthcare

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March 2019. Harrison R, Manias E, Mears S, Hinchcliff R, Heslop D. Clinical variation is evident throughout healthcare systems and services internationally. Although statistical and framework approaches are well established for determining variation, there is less clarity on how to define variation which warrants action.

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Emergency Drought Relief Package: Health and Resilience Services  

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January 2019. Wheeler S, Zuo A, Xu Y, Grafton Q. The NSW Emergency Drought Relief Package includes $6.3M for health support and counselling. This review will contribute to informing intervention target points for current and future support.

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Prevention and early intervention for adults with mild to moderate depression

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December 2018. Kay-Lambkin F, Gilbert J, Pedemont L, Sunderland M, Dalton H et al. The aim of this review was to identify policies, programs and services which have been effective in preventing and/or managing mild to moderate depression and anxiety in adults.

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Targeted programs for skin cancer prevention

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December 2018. Makin J, Shaw K, Winzenberg T. This review examines programs that have been effective at increasing adoption of sun protection behaviours with a focus on priority populations: children aged under 12, adolescents or young people aged 13-24, and men aged 40 years and over.

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Depression and anxiety programs for children and young people

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December 2018. Skvarc D, Varcoe J, Reavley N, Rowland B, Jorm A, Toumbourou JW  This report presents the findings of a systematic literature review of programs and services implemented in childhood and adolescence that aim to prevent anxiety and depression disorders and symptoms.

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Programs and services for suicide prevention

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December 2018. Maple M, Wayland S, Pearce T, Hua P. This review examines programs and services that have been effective in reducing or preventing suicide.

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Regulations and legislation to reduce discrimination for people with depression, anxiety or who experience suicidality

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December 2018. Stratton E, Glozier N. The aim of this review was to determine which legislative levers have been effective in reducing discrimination for people with depression, anxiety or suicidality in the workplace, education or healthcare setting.

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