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.

Mental wellbeing interventions

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22 October 2020. This Evidence Check reviewed recent evidence on risk and protective factors for mental ill health and mental wellbeing. It also aimed to identify effective interventions for mental ill health prevention and positive mental wellbeing promotion. The review will support development of VicHealth’s submission to the Royal...


Year 7 School-based health checks

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22 October 2020. This Evidence Check will be used to inform development of the ACT Year 7 Health Check which will examine adolescent health and wellbeing in the ACT. It identified validated tools for school-based screening and surveillance of weight status and social and emotional wellbeing of students aged...


Suicide prevention in high-risk occupations

1 October 2020. This review aimed to provide a summary of suicide prevention programs/interventions targeting specific occupations and key enablers for their effectiveness. It aimed to identify which occupations in NSW have higher rates of suicide and prevention programs/interventions targeting these groups which of these have been effective in...


Suicide prevention for men

1 October 2020. This review aims to support program design, review, and development of suicide prevention initiatives targeting men; specifically male veterans and defence force personnel, separated men, and men who have experienced sexual assault. It aims to address two questions for each group: a) What is known about...


Assessing the availability and efficacy of LGBTQI specific suicide prevention programs

1 October 2020. This review of the literature on suicide prevention programs targeting people who identify as LGBTQI found scant research in this area. However, the available evidence allows tentative directions to be drawn to guide prevention efforts targeting this group. Studies included in the review looked at legislative...


School-based prevention and early intervention for student mental health and wellbeing

29 September 2020. The role of schools in promoting wellbeing and good mental health in young people has been emphasised by significant international bodies in recent years. This review aimed to identify which school-based mental health prevention and early intervention programs have been shown to be most effective, and...


Evidence Matters Issue 48

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September 2020. What the pandemic can teach us to support long-term health system change, why suicidal behaviour in older people is an emerging public health issue, how to make more persuasive anti-smoking campaigns, and more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here


Cancer control plans

28 September 2020. This review, commissioned by the NSW Cancer Institute, highlights key trends and common elements of cancer control plans from Australia and countries with health systems similar to NSW. It will be used as the basis for a discussion paper in the development of the next NSW...


Survey instruments for monitoring self-esteem in children

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31 August 2020. This review will inform revision of survey instruments to monitor self-esteem in the Go4Fun healthy lifestyle programs which promote healthy eating, physical activity and confidence building in overweight children aged seven to thirteen. The programs include: Go4Fun, Aboriginal Go4Fun and Go4Fun Online. The review aimed to...


Management of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs

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31 August 2020. This review on management of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs aimed to identify: the most effective practices; which withdrawal strategies are most effective in improving treatment outcomes for special population groups; and the differential effects of withdrawal management approaches by setting. The review identified the...