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.

Amputee care standards

November 2015. Tivey D, Duncan J, Scarfe A, Lambert R, Cameron A. This review examines available standards or guidelines for the management of children or adults with amputation, and summarises the peer-reviewed literature on post-operative dressings. While the guidelines differ in many ways including their intended audience, jurisdiction of...

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The effect of urban form on wellbeing

October 2015. Astell-Burt T, Feng X. This Evidence Check Review aimed to synthesise existing evidence on the relationship between the built environment and wellbeing. Overall, the evidence base was limited and the study designs used did not enable definitive conclusions to be drawn. The available evidence suggests that wellbeing is...

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Community impact of liquor licences

October 2015. Livingston M, Wilkinson C, Room R. This Evidence Check review examines the association between alcohol availability, alcohol consumption and harms by reviewing evidence from 191 studies over the last decade, and focusing on the density of alcohol outlets and permissible trading hours. Findings include high-quality, locally relevant...

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Evidence review for NSW Sexually Transmissible Infections (STI) Strategy

October 2015. Schierhout G, Guy R, Donovan B, Kaldor J. This Evidence Check review reports on the effectiveness of interventions which aim to reduce the transmission of three Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs): chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. Interventions of interest included testing, treatment, partner notification and prevention of re-infection. These...

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The effectiveness of services led or run by consumers in mental health

August 2015. Grey F, O’Hagan M. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence base for the effectiveness of consumer led mental health services. It found consistently positive results across a number of measures although the evidence base is relatively small. Positive outcomes were reported in areas including quality of...

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The effects of online brief interventions for the prevention and treatment of methamphetamine use

August 2015. Skvarc DR, Varcoe J, Rowland B, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz M, Austin D, Toumborou JW. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence for the effectiveness of online brief interventions (BIs) to reduce youth methamphetamine use. It found promising but inconclusive evidence that online BIs may be a useful tool in...

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Commissioning primary health care

August 2015. Harris M, Gardner K, Powell Davies G, Edwards K, McDonald J, Findlay T, Kearns R, Joshi Chandni, Jacques K, Alexander R.  This Evidence Check review examines the evidence on the types of commissioning that support best value investment for primary care, with a particular focus on the...

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Adolescents’ and young adults’ use of Emergency Departments

August 2015. Jenkins B, Katz I. This Evidence Check review examined adolescents and young adults’ (AYAs) presentations to Emergency Departments. AYAs present primarily for musculoskeletal disorders, mental and behavioural disorders, and genitourinary, respiratory and infectious diseases and these differ proportionally among males and females. A number of ED presentations...

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Best practice for caring for carers

July 2015. Strobel NA, Adams C. This Evidence Check examined interventions that enabled carers to gain access to services that improve their health and wellbeing. Care coordination programs were the only type of intervention that showed evidence of improving carers access to services, showing limited evidence for increased service use...

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Implementing system wide risk stratification approaches

July 2015. Gillespie J, Huckel Schneider C, Wilson A, Elshaug A. This Evidence Check review focused on the implementation of risk stratification tools. It found that the use of risk stratification tools in combination with a care management plan can improve patient outcomes. The use of risk stratification tools...

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