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.

Drivers of large-scale change in complex health systems

September 2013.  Atkinson J, Patel C, Wilson A, Mittman B, Dominello A, Brown B. This Evidence Check review and summary report examined the evidence for successful and sustainable large-scale change in complex health systems. Thirteen key factors were identified as vital to the success and sustainability of the change initiatives and are...

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Medical career path decision making

August 2013. Scott A, Joyce C, Cheng T, Wang W. This Evidence Check review examined factors influencing career choices of doctors. Weak evidence suggested that unbiased career information from trusted supervisors, information on availability of specialist training places, and quality supervision may be effective in the early postgraduate years....

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Costs and benefits of mental health interventions

April 2013. Doran C. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence on the costs and benefits of interventions in the area of mental health. This review was commissioned by the Mental Health Commission to inform the development of its draft strategic plan. The review found there is little research...

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Costs and impacts on the economy and productivity due to mental ill health

April 2013. Doran C. This Evidence Check review examined the costs and impacts on the economy and productivity due to mental illness. This review is one of two commissioned by the Mental Health Commission. Forty five studies from Australia, Canada, the UK and New Zealand were included in the...

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The use of emergency department services by cancer patients

April 2013. White K, Roydhouse J, O’Riordan L, Wand T. This Evidence Check review examines the use of emergency department services by cancer patients. It looks at factors associated with avoidable use of emergency department services, effective interventions for reducing avoidable use of emergency department services and the potential...

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Women’s health in NSW – a life course approach

March 2013. Steel A, Frawley J, Dobson A, Jackson C, Lucke J, Tooth L, Brown W, Byles J, Mishra G. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence on  key health issues affecting NSW women across the life course and the social determinants that impact on their risk of developing...

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Whole of government obesity prevention interventions

January 2013. Gill T, Hector D, Rissel C, Trieu K, Zhong A, O’Hara B, Bauman A. This Evidence Check review investigated feasible, whole of government interventions to prevent overweight and obesity at the population level. The report makes recommendations about increasing levels of physical activity, decreasing consumption of energy...

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Cancer in culturally and linguistically diverse communities

December 2012. Phillipson L, Larsen-Truong K, Jones S, Pitts L. This Evidence Check review examined the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic speaking communities in Australia in relation to cancer, its causes, screening, treatments, perceptions of susceptibility, and perceived outcomes. The review explores fear, stigma, taboos,...

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The role of primary care in early detection and follow up care of cancer patients

December 2012. Emery J, Trevena L, Mazza D, Fallon-Ferguson J, Shaw K, Williams B, Varlow M. This Evidence Check review considers the role of primary care in early detection, including screening and follow-up care of patients with breast, colorectal, prostate and lung cancer. Best practice models include partnerships between...

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Early assessment and diagnosis of lung cancer

December 2012. Davidson P, Luckett T, Newton P, Agar M, Daly L, Sibbritt D. This Evidence Check review investigated best practice in early assessment and diagnosis of lung cancer. Increasing awareness of risk factors and of the importance of early assessment and diagnosis among health professionals and the community is...

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