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.

Comorbid mental illness and illicit substance use


December 2014. Deady M, Barrett EL, Mills KL et al. This Evidence Check review summarises key components in developing a strategic, coordinated and efficient approach to the clinical management of comorbid mental illness and substance use. The review makes recommendations at service, treatment, referral, workforce and education levels. As a...


A gender based approach to mental health programs

2014 November. Robertson S, Bagnall A, Michael Walker M. This Evidence Check review looked at the evidence for considering masculinity or ‘being male’ in  developing mental health programs. Overall, it found a strong relationship between traditional masculinity and help-seeking, stigma, suicide, and body image; confirming the assertion that ‘being...


Variation in paediatric clinical practice

November 2014.  Hiscock H, Perera P, McLean K, Roberts G. This Evidence Check review examined variation in care for 16 common child health conditions across inpatient, outpatient and emergency department settings and found widespread variation. Common factors associated with variation are identified. To reduce variation in Australian paediatric care, the authors...


Surveying patient experiences at smaller facilities

August 2014. Mazevska D, Pearse J. This Evidence Check review identified the most effective survey methods for assessing patient experience in small health facilities. Key strategies for achieving minimum numbers of completed surveys to ensure statistical robustness include use of census rather than sampling, increasing the reliability of questions...


Management of suicidal behaviour

March 2014.  Matheson SL, Shepherd AM, Carr VJ. This Evidence Check review assessed the evidence for identifying and managing people presenting to health services with suicidal behaviour or ideation. It found optimal management includes the provision of a range of clinical services and development of particular policies. Moving from...


Improving antibiotic use in the community setting

Feb 2014. Mercovich N, Cooper G, Kyle G, Naunton M, Thomas J. This Evidence Check review examined interventions to reduce prescribing for antibiotics for urinary tract infections, skin infections and sexually transmitted diseases. There is a definite lack of data reporting on effective interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing guideline adherence....


Interventions to reduce stigma associated with depression, anxiety and suicide

August 2013. Reavley N, Jorm A. This Evidence Check review aimed to examine the effectiveness of interventions to reduce stigma related to depression, anxiety and suicide. The authors identify key features of successful stigma reduction interventions such as using multifaceted approaches and targeting different groups and settings. They also make recommendations for...


Gastrostomy guidelines

July 2013. Collins K, Gaffney L, Tan J, Roberts S, Nyulasi I.  This Evidence Check review examined the evidence on gastrostomy tube care in adults and children. While most evidence was of a low grade, consistent expert opinion suggests that insertion of gastrostomy tubes is overall a safe procedure with less...


Models of clinical oversight for medical trainees

May 2013. Shaw K, Woodhouse P. This Evidence Check review examined elements of best practice models of clinical oversight including supervision (both direct and indirect), communication strategies, performance assessment and supportive environments. It found clinical oversight is enhanced when more experienced health care professionals set expectations, recognise uncertainty, plan...


Safety and quality issues associated with the care of patients with cognitive impairment in acute care settings

October 2013. This Evidence Check review provides a summary of interventions which appear to present good practice in caring for patients with cognitive impairment in acute hospital settings. These include screening, ‘dementia friendly’ environments, volunteers to assist patients, and multi-component non-pharmacological interventions to prevent delirium. The review was commissioned...