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.

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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Measuring physical activity for falls prevention

Physical activity measurement related to falls prevention

November 2008. Bauman A. This Evidence Check report identifies physical activity measures for inclusion in population health surveys for older adults. The report includes a review of generic physical activity measures and falls-related physical activity. It also reports on issues such as balance, strength training, flexibility and adherence to,...

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Conflict resolution in end-of-life treatment decisions

Conflict resolution in end of life treatement decisions

November 2008. Hillman K, Chen J. This Evidence Check report reviews avenues to address conflict in end-of-life care which can occur between clinicians, between patients and their relatives, or between the relatives of patients. It also addresses conflicts within society concerning expectations of medical care. The report reviews proactive measures...

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Preventing chronic disease in workplaces

Primary prevention of chronic disease in Australia through inerventions in the workplace

August 2008. Bellew B. This Evidence Check review examines what types of primary prevention programs in the workplace are most likely to be effective in changing risk factors and reducing rates of chronic disease. Strong evidence was found in relation to workplace programs on tobacco control, physical activity, nutrition,...

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Selected domestic and family violence prevention programs

Selected domestic and family violence prevention programs

April 2008. Loxton D, Hosking S, Stewart-Williams J, Brookes J, Byles J. This Evidence Check review examines the impact, cost and acceptability of programs that aim to prevent domestic and family violence, including both primary prevention and prevention of recurrent incidents. The review focuses on programs that are integrative and...

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