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.

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...


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

Evidence Check cover: Year 7 school-based health checks

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...