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.

Biomedical engineering: a critical workforce in healthcare delivery

29 June 2020. This Evidence Check rapid review aims to describe the current state of the biomedical engineering workforce in NSW and the challenges to maintaining this workforce. It draws on a scoping report prepared by the NSW Ministry of Health, a desktop review and interviews with key informants....

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Community-based health promotion for older adults

29 June 2020. This review aimed to identify community-based programs for over 60s that combine physical activity with other activities addressing key health risk factors, and which are effective in improving health behaviours and outcomes in this age group. It also considered applicable to NSW, identifying characteristics relevant to...

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Evidence Matters Issue 45

June 2020. The evidence around masks and COVID-19, what pandemic models can really tell us, the true health impact of the NSW bushfires, and more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here

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Designing mental health facilities that prevent the use of seclusion and restraint

15 June 2020. This review examined research on physical design features in mental health facilities that reduce the use of seclusion and restraint. Overall, the review found evidence that the physical environment can have a role in supporting better outcomes for consumers of inpatient mental health services, including reduction...

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Catch Up 2020 issue

Welcome to the 2020 issue of Catch Up, our newsletter for 45 and Up Study participants. Click here to view the newsletter. In this issue, we talk about how the 45 and Up Study is part of a global research effort to understand COVID-19 and the effects this new...

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The use of masks by asymptomatic people to reduce COVID transmission

The use of masks by asymptomatic people to reduce transmission of COVID-19

5 June 2020. This Evidence Snapshot found insufficient evidence that masks are effective in reducing transmission among asymptomatic people in community settings. There was a lack of high-level evidence, with small measures of effect found in some studies. However, 10 of the 13 peer reviewed studies held that face...

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Quarantining patients prior to elective surgery during COVID-19

Does quarantining patients before elective surgery to reduce the transmission of COVID-19?

5 June 2020. This Evidence Snapshot found no peer reviewed or grey literature on the effectiveness of quarantining patients before elective surgery to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Citation: Moore G, Rudge S, Jameson B. Quarantining patients prior to elective surgery during COVID-19: an Evidence Snapshot brokered by the...

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Evidence Matters Issue 44

May 2020. How the 45 and Up Study can shape COVID-19 research, the art of modelling in a time of pandemic, virtual hospitals and easing healthcare burdens, and more. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here

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Evidence Matters Issue 43

March 2020. Here at the Sax Institute we’re making some changes to how we work to make sure our programs and services continue uninterrupted in the context of the current coronavirus outbreak. Read the full issue of Evidence Matters Subscribe to future editions here

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The effectiveness of Virtual Hospital models of care

8 April 2020. This Rapid Evidence Scan examined the effectiveness of virtual hospital models of care. While no reviews evaluated a complete model, tele-healthcare only and tele-healthcare with remote telemonitoring interventions demonstrated similar or significantly better clinical or health system outcomes including reduced hospitalisations, readmissions, emergency department visits and...

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