A Sax Institute Evidence Review is a fast and accurate summary of the latest health evidence, presented in an easy-to-read format.

Our Knowledge Exchange team creates Evidence Reviews to support a range of decisions in health and social services, policy and programs.

This Evidence Review Library houses a selection of 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.

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...


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...


Review of effectiveness of certain healthy lifestyle interventions (2014–2019)

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18 August 2020. Key behavioural risk factors for cancer include alcohol, poor diet and lack of physical activity. This review aimed to identify primary prevention interventions which are effective in increasing adults’ adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviours including reducing alcohol consumption, increasing physical activity, increasing healthy eating, and reducing...


Client-centric commissioning

12 August 2020. This Evidence Check review aimed to identify effective approaches to ensuring client participation in the commissioning of human services. Conducted for the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, it will contribute to better understanding how to achieve authentic participation, and inform the revision and ongoing development...


Paediatric deep brain stimulation

3 August 2020. This review aimed to assess the evidence around the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for paediatric patients with severe dystonia. It aimed to answer the following questions: 1) Is paediatric DBS safe, efficacious and cost effective when compared with best supportive care?, 2) Is DBS...