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.

Physical activity measures for children and adolescents

February 2010. A Bauman, J Chau, H van der Ploeg, L Hardy. This Evidence Check review sought to identify measures that could be used for the surveillance of physical activity among children aged 5–17 years in Australia, under the National Prevention Partnership Agreements. It found there is a diverse...

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Reducing the use of ineffective health care interventions

Reducing the use of ineffective health care interventions

January 2010. Gallego G, Haas M, Hall J, Viney R. Despite strong interest in disinvestment to improve health system efficiency, there are problems identifying which technologies should be considered, and strong incentives to retain existing technologies. Proactive strategies focus on changing provider information; changing incentives through different payments for...

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Increasing policy makers’ use of research

November 2009. Moore G, Todd A, Redman S. This Evidence Check review identifies conceptual frameworks for increasing research impact and identifies factors that may facilitate research use. It also describes strategies that have been used to increase research use and to encourage the involvement of agencies in generating research that is useful...

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Aboriginal adolescent sexual health programs

Aboriginal adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs

November 2009. Savage J. This Evidence Check review identifies approaches for working effectively in the area of Aboriginal adolescent sexual health, including factors associated with program success and evidence of cultural acceptability. It also explores Aboriginal adolescents’ knowledge of and preferences for sexual health services. Download Aboriginal adolescent sexual and reproductive health...

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Hospital nurse practitioners: models, roles and scope of practice

September 2009. Fry M. This Evidence Check review found that, at the international level, nurse practitioners are active in intensive care services, emergency departments, surgical and anaesthetic services, general medical services, oncology, haematology and primary health care. There was also evidence of a positive economic impact. In NSW, barriers...

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Radiology assistants – models, roles and scope of practice

August 2009. Adams E, Schofield D. This Evidence Check review examined potential roles for radiology assistants in Australia. There was some evidence of cost savings and of improvements in the accuracy and timeliness of medical imaging diagnosis and of improved patient outcomes. The review found that successful implementation requires...

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Financial incentives for health behaviour change

May 2009. Hall J. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence around financial incentives to modify health behaviours and improve health. It found few established programs and little rigorous evaluation. The review concluded that the evidence does not support widespread use of financial incentives for behaviour change. It stated...

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Community recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires

Community recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires

April 2009. Hawe P. This Evidence Check review examines government strategies for engaging communities in rebuilding and recovery following a natural disaster. The review considers the expected impact of the bushfires on health, principles for successful community recovery, critical success factors, and anticipated outcomes. Download Community recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires:...

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Impact of providing after-hours care on acute care utilisation

Impact of providing after hours care on acute care utilisation

November 2008. Fry M. This Evidence Check review examines national and international studies of after-hours care service models and the extent of their impact on acute care and ambulance services. It also identifies the models’ feasibility and acceptability, their success factors and differences according to rural, regional and metropolitan...

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Preventing falls through physical activity

Best-practice recommendations for physical activity to prevent falls in older adults

November 2008. Sherrington C, Lord SR, Close JCT. This Evidence Check review identifies the types of physical activity that are most effective in reducing the risk of falls in older adults, and the frequency and intensity of physical activity that is likely to be effective. The review also identifies...

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