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.

Community-based approaches to adolescent obesity

August 2017. Miller M, Damarell R, Bell L, Moores C, Miller J, Matwiejczyk L. With more than a quarter of Australian adolescents currently considered overweight or obese, robust targets to reduce prevalence have been set. Evidence around obesity prevention approaches is needed to inform future interventions. This review focused...


The Patient Centred Medical Home: barriers and enablers to implementation

January 2018. Pearse J, Mazevska D. This review examined published and grey literature (2013–2017) to identify barriers and enablers to the implementation of a patient centred medical home model. Five central themes emerge: policy settings and funding incentives; transformation and change management; care coordination beyond the practice; health information...


Trans fats consumption in Australia

December 2017. Wu JHY, Downs S, Catterall E, Bloem M, Zheng M, Veerman L, Barendregt J, Thomas B. This expert commentary analyses data and recent policy developments to: examine the levels of trans fatty acids (TFA) in food consumed in Australia; assess the corresponding burden on coronary heart disease...


Dietary fats and cardiovascular disease

Rapid review: Dietary fats and CVD

November 2017. Clifton P, Keogh J. This review examined the evidence for the association between dietary fat consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Commissioned by the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the review looked at CVD incidence, outcomes for people with existing CVD, and the effectiveness of manipulating dietary fat...


Women and women with children residential rehabilitation best practice

November 2017. Williams B, Bowles K, Lubman D, Chakraborty S, Beovich B et al. This review examines models of care and aftercare for women and women with children in residential rehabilitation for alcohol and other drug problems. The review also explores the benefits of treatment services which allow children...


Homelessness at Transition

November 2017. Conroy E, Williams M. People leaving government-funded services have an elevated risk of becoming homeless. This review examines the evidence about who is most likely to experience homelessness at this time, and how we can best support people to prevent this from happening. The authors consider six...


Wellbeing indicators across the life cycle

November 2017. Miranti R, Tanton R, Vidyattama Y, Schirmer J, Rowe P. Governments increasingly want to know whether the programs and services they fund improve the way that people feel and function in their lives, that is, their wellbeing. This focus on wellbeing has increased around the world over...


Specialist dementia care units

Evidence check

September 2017. Masso M, Duncan C, Grootemaat P, Phillipson L, Samsa P, Fildes D, Gordon R. This review examined the international evidence regarding effective management and care of people with severe and extreme behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. The review looked at what specialist dementia care units have...


Capacity building and intellectual disability services

October 2017. Travaglia J, Debono D, Debono G. People with intellectual disabilities (PWID) have specific healthcare needs. This Evidence Check sought evidence for methods to improve the capacity of healthcare services, systems and workforce to respond to these needs. The included reviews identified areas for improvement including: structural responses,...


Surveying patient experience of surgical care

Evidence Check cover for patient experience of surgical care

October 2017. This review explores current use of patient surveys to examine patient experiences of planned and emergency surgery. The review found 19 surveys related to patient experiences of surgery; 10 were developed for specific surgeries (i.e.. hip replacement) and 9 were generic patient experience surveys that included some...