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.

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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The costs and benefits of providing undergraduate student clinical placements

July 2015. Bowles K-A, Haines T, Molloy E, Maloney S, Kent F, Sevenhuysen S, Tai J. This Evidence Check review examined the costs and benefits of clinical placements and found only limited evidence. No evidence compared a cost and/or benefit in more than one setting, between disciplines or investigated...

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Safe management of expressed breastmilk

June 2015. McArthur A, Peters MDJ, Munn Z, Chu WH. This Evidence Check review presents a summary of the evidence of safely managing expressed breast milk (EBM) in hospital, home and community settings. It found that, regarding risks of pathogen transmission from mother to child, benefits for the infant...

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Principles of public health interventions

June 2015. Jones SC, Tran J, McDermott M, Matthias M. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence for the effectiveness for public health interventions and identified principles and strategies which could be used in public health interventions for injured people. The review found evidence that self-efficacy and/or goal setting...

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Maternal, pregnancy and neonatal outcomes following IVF pregnancies

June 2015. Venetic CA, Chambers GM. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence for risks associated with assisted reproductive technology (ART). The published research does not currently allow for the estimation of the net effect of ART on pregnancy, maternal and neonatal outcomes. The best available evidence indicates that...

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Self-management of psychological distress for people with cancer

June 2015. Ugalde A, Haynes K, White V, Krishnasamy M, Boltong A et al. This Evidence Check review examined the evidence for the effectiveness of self management resources to address psychological distress in adult patients with cancer. It found that self management resources are diverse and there is insufficient...

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Electronic meal ordering systems

May 2015. Prgomet M, Li L, Li J, Georgiou A, Westbrook J. This Evidence Check report presents findings from an evidence scan of the Australian and international literature on electronic meal ordering system reforms and their impacts on hospital and patient outcomes. The report describes different types of electronic meal...

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