The Sax Institute produces a range of publications, including: published research in peer-reviewed journals; Evidence Check Reviews, evidence summaries designed to answer specific policy questions; and a peer-reviewed public health journal Public Health Research & Practice.

Evidence Matters Issue 51

February 2021. In this edition: COVID-19 survey insights, Indigenous teen smoking research, an interview with Emily Banks, plus more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here


Pharmacological actions and associated therapeutic levels of phytocannabinoids

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20 January 2021. This review examined the pharmacological and possible therapeutic effects of various plant-derived cannabinoids (phytocannabinoids) in adults and children. There is reasonably good evidence of the therapeutic effects of CBD, with no evidence of THC-like intoxication. Evidence relating to potential therapeutic effects of the remaining phytocannabinoids mostly...


Evidence Matters Issue 50

December 2020. In this edition: new cancer research, how COVID-19 impacted access to healthcare services this year, and a bright future for cardiovascular research. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here


Drug and alcohol psychosocial interventions

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16 December 2020. This Evidence Check reviewed effective psychosocial interventions for the management of people with alcohol and other drug issues. The review also aimed to identify the most effective psychosocial interventions for special population groups. A range of psychosocial interventions were examined, including behavioural, motivational, psychodynamic, counselling, mindfulness-based...


The Arts and Creative Industries in Health Promotion

1 December 2020. A National Arts and Health Framework was endorsed by all Australian states and territories in 2014; acknowledging the role of the arts in contributing to health and wellbeing.  This review, commissioned by VicHealth, aimed to identify: effective approaches for improving arts participation (especially in priority groups);...


Evidence Matters Issue 49

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November 2020. In this edition: new COVID-19 surveys, alcohol and cancer findings, jobs that come with a higher suicide risk, winners of the PHRP Awards, plus more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here


2019–20 Annual Report

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“The 2019–20 financial year brought global health and policy challenges unforeseeable just a few months earlier. From the unprecedented Australian bushfire season that began in late 2019, to the global COVID‑19 pandemic of 2020, the need for high‑quality evidence and analysis to inform policy responses has seldom been greater.”...


Workforce recruitment and retention: alcohol and other drug services

17 November 2020. This Evidence Check examined barriers to, and effective strategies for, recruitment and retention of AOD (alcohol and other drug) health professionals in Local Health Districts and non-government organisations. Regarding recruitment the report makes 16 recommendations across four overlapping themes. The authors then propose six strategies to...


The efficacy of respirators and medical masks for healthcare workers to reduce transmission of COVID-19

August 2020. This Evidence Snapshot is a rapid review of the evidence for the efficacy healthcare workers use of N95 masks compared with surgical masks in reducing COVID-19 transmission in hospitals and residential aged-care. The review identified 13 reviews and one commentary addressing comparative effectiveness of respirators and medical...


What is known about aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2?

17 November 2020. This Evidence Snapshot is a rapid review of current knowledge about aerosol transmission of COVID-19. The review found overall inconclusive evidence regarding the extent of aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2; from the evidence available it appears that transmission is likely to occur on a spectrum between droplet...