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.

Designing mental health facilities that prevent the use of seclusion and restraint

15 June 2020. This review examined research on physical design features in mental health facilities that reduce the use of seclusion and restraint. Overall, the review found evidence that the physical environment can have a role in supporting better outcomes for consumers of inpatient mental health services, including reduction...

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The use of masks by asymptomatic people to reduce COVID transmission

The use of masks by asymptomatic people to reduce transmission of COVID-19

5 June 2020. This Evidence Snapshot found insufficient evidence that masks are effective in reducing transmission among asymptomatic people in community settings. There was a lack of high-level evidence, with small measures of effect found in some studies. However, 10 of the 13 peer reviewed studies held that face...

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Quarantining patients prior to elective surgery during COVID-19

Does quarantining patients before elective surgery to reduce the transmission of COVID-19?

5 June 2020. This Evidence Snapshot found no peer reviewed or grey literature on the effectiveness of quarantining patients before elective surgery to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Citation: Moore G, Rudge S, Jameson B. Quarantining patients prior to elective surgery during COVID-19: an Evidence Snapshot brokered by the...

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The effectiveness of Virtual Hospital models of care

8 April 2020. This Rapid Evidence Scan examined the effectiveness of virtual hospital models of care. While no reviews evaluated a complete model, tele-healthcare only and tele-healthcare with remote telemonitoring interventions demonstrated similar or significantly better clinical or health system outcomes including reduced hospitalisations, readmissions, emergency department visits and...

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Effectiveness of mental health electronic medical records

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11 December 2019. This review examines the evidence surrounding effectiveness of electronic medical records (eMRs) in terms of usability and uptake in mental health settings. Acceptability of mental health eMRs was found to be higher when useability and reliability were also high, and technical support was available. Factors associated...

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Suicide aftercare services

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29 January 2020. Suicide aftercare is designed to increase access to and engagement with care to prevent repetition of suicidal behaviour or self-harm. Across the country, various models of aftercare are being implemented, including non-clinical and community-based services. Most of these services are evidence-informed but are yet to be...

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Suicide postvention services

29 January 2020. Suicide postvention comprises a concerted response to, and provision of care for, people bereaved by suicide including those impacted by the suicide of a family member, friend or person in their social network. Currently, various forms of postvention services are available, such as group support, grief...

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Addressing the social and commercial determinants of healthy weight

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Published: 4 November 2019 This review examines the social and commercial determinants of healthy eating, physical activity and obesity, and identifies effective and promising interventions focused on the social and commercial determinants of health that could be implemented in Australia to improve healthy weight. Included studies focused on structural...

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Population-level strategies to support healthy weight

Evidence Check cover for population level strategies to support healthy weight

Published: 4 November 2019 This review was commissioned to inform the development of the National Obesity Strategy. It identified population-level interventions, programs and policy approaches that are effective in improving healthy eating and physical activity. The review found 31 interventions related to food systems, physical activity, public policy, regulation...

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Mentally Healthy Communities

Published: 31 October 2019 A mentally healthy learning community aims to support children and young people to achieve their best possible mental health. This review identifies and summarises recent evidence on, firstly, what are the key attributes of a mentally healthy learning community; and secondly, on what strategies have...

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