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.

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.  It aimed to identify healthy lunchbox websites and apps; how users engage with these; how effective they...

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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. This review seeks to...

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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. The researchers identified five main ways in which drought can lead to...

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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. The researchers make recommendations for each condition;...

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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. The review identified...

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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. The review identified a range of...

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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. The included studies examined a wide range of interventions across multiple priority groups. Most common were e-health or mobile interventions and psychoeducation, with an...

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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. No regulatory or legislative levers were found which address these specific conditions...

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Improving social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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December 2018. Bainbridge R, McCalman J, Jongen C, Campbell S, Kinchin I et al. This review aimed to identify effective policies, programs and services for improving social and emotional wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Although the review team did not identify any best practice examples, the...

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Community-based mental health and wellbeing support for refugees

November 2018. Slewa-Younan S, Blignault I, Renzaho A, Doherty M. Addressing refugees’ mental health needs is challenging for countries offering resettlement. Targeted community based psychosocial support, which acknowledges the heterogeneous cultural, religious and linguistic needs of refugee populations is needed. This Evidence Check was commissioned by the NSW Ministry...

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