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.

Tele-learning for health professionals

June 2010.  Shaw T, Tomlinson J, Munro A. This Evidence Check review found that tele-learning can be as effective as face-to-face learning in achieving educational outcomes, with internet-based technologies such as vodcasting, podcasting and desktop conferencing being increasingly used. The review identified educational methods and technology as two critical...

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Aboriginal injury prevention projects

Aboriginal Injury Prevention Projects

May 2010. Senserrick T, Hinchcliff R, Ivers R, Martiniuk A, Boufous S and Clapham K. This Evidence Check review investigates the effectiveness of strategies, projects and programs that have been implemented for the prevention of injury among Aboriginal populations. Download Aboriginal injury prevention projects: a rapid review (PDF 446 KB)

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Intervention research with Aboriginal populations

Effective and inclusive intervention research with Aboriginal populations

May 2010. Martiniuk A, Ivers R, Senserrick T, Boufous S, Clapham K. This Evidence Check review describes intervention research impacting on Aboriginal populations as well as the potential levels of influence for interventions. It addresses how preventative intervention research has been undertaken among Aboriginal communities in Australia. Download Effective and inclusive intervention research with...

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Interactive media to prevent adolescent obesity

Interactive electronic media interventions targeted at adolescents for prevention of overweight and obesity: a rapid review

March 2010. Kornman KP, Nguyen B, Baur LA. This  Evidence Check review examined whether interactive electronic media interventions are effective for preventing overweight and obesity in adolescents. Positive outcomes from electronic media interventions included increased knowledge, changes in attitude (e.g. increased self efficacy), positive behaviour change (e.g. increased physical...

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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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