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Identifying and prioritising core and high value datasets for linkage

As part of our commitment to service improvement, the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) is conducting a project about identifying and prioritising high value data collections for linkage. The project will build on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s work on unlocking Australia’s high value data and the ABS's Essential Statistical Assets (Pillars and Dimensions).

What is the aim of the project?

The primary aim of this project is to identify an agreed minimum set of data collections to be consistently included in each of the PHRN nodes data linkage infrastructure in order to support projects conducted at national or multi-jurisdictional levels. 

Why are we doing the project?

The PHRN operates a national data linkage infrastructure that enables existing health, education and human services data from around the nation to be brought together and made available for vital research purposes. Currently a researcher wishing to conduct a linked data project which involves all, or a number, of jurisdictions, can only access a few linked data collections (e.g. public hospital and death data) that are consistently collected and routinely linked in each state and territory. The PHRN wants to offer researchers more data collections that are routinely linked by all data linkage units in each state and territory. This will provide researchers with a richer linked dataset  and enable population research of national relevance.

How will the project be conducted?

The first phase of the project will focus on determining a nationally consistent prioritised list of high value data collections for linkage through a desk top review and consultation with stakeholders. The project team will consult with the researcher community, data custodians, data linkage units and other relevant stakeholders about what data collections they would like to see routinely linked by all data linkage units across the network. Watch this space or subscribe to our mailing list to find out more about the consultation.

When will the project finish?

The project started on 1 January 2017 and will be completed by 30 June 2017.

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