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.

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,...


International food service initiatives

October 2017. Carins J, Pang B, Knox K, Wilmott T, Storr R, Robertson D, Rundle-Thiele S and Pettigrew S. This Evidence Check rapid review was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health and brokered by the Sax Institute for The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre to better understand the evidence...


Inpatient care for children and adolescents with mental disorders

Evidence Check

September 2017. Indig D, Gear C, York A. This review examined evidence about when inpatient care is the most effective and appropriate form of care for children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental disorders. The evidence is limited and synthesis is difficult given the small sample sizes and...


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Major Depression and Schizophrenia

August 2017. Ma N, Atukorale Y, Marlow N, Duncan J, Cameron A This review examines the current evidence for the clinical efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for patients with major depression and/or schizophrenia. It also looks at evidence for its use within particular patient sub...


Effectiveness of alcohol and other drug interventions in at-risk Aboriginal youth

June 2017. Doran CM, Kinchin I, Bainbridge R, McCalman J and Shakeshaft A.  This review was conducted to identify the most effective interventions to reduce the risk of alcohol and other drug (AOD) related harm among at-risk Aboriginal youth. Fifty-two studies from across four countries were included in the...