News 2014

December

  • Department of Education releases TARDIS

    Tuesday, 09 December 2014 

    The Commonwealth Department of Education has released the Australian Research Data Infrastructure Strategy (TARDIS).

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  • New Integrating Authority

    Monday, 01 December 2014 

    The Australian Institute of Family Studies is now an accredited Data Linkage Integrating Authority.

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  • Diana Rosman awarded the Public Health Association of Australia WA Community Award 2014

    Monday, 01 December 2014 

    The PHRN are proud to congratulate Diana Rosman, Manager of the WA Data Linkage Branch, on being awarded the Public Health Association Australia WA Community Award 2014 for her significant contribution to public health.

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November

  • Data Linkage Symposium a success

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 

    The Queensland Department of Health held a Data Linkage Symposium on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 to share and showcase some of the health-related data linkage work being conducted in Queensland.

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  • Upcoming SA NT DataLink events

    Thursday, 13 November 2014 

    SA NT DataLink is hosting two final events as part of their 2014 conversation series. A Community Conversation will be held on 27 November 2014 and a Researcher Conversation on 4 December 2014.

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  • PHRN Chief Executive delivers keynote address

    Friday, 07 November 2014 

    Dr Merran Smith, PHRN Chief Executive, delivered a keynote address at the 2014 Western Australian Health Information and Technology Conference.

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October

  • Data linkage key to improved health care efficiency

    Thursday, 02 October 2014 

    The 17th European Health Forum Gastein was held between 1-3 October 2014 in the Gastein Valley, Austria. This annual event is a meeting point for experts from different fields within the health system in Europe. At the Forum, Francesca Colombo, Head of the OECD’s Health Division, talked about data linkage being the key to improving health care efficiencies in Europe.

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  • Partnerships increase richness of linked data assets

    Wednesday, 01 October 2014 

    The October 2014 edition of the Australian National Data Service's newsletter - Share - included an article titled "Institutions use data to attract partners". The PHRN's Chief Executive, Dr Merran Smith, contributed to the discussion noting the PHRN's partnerships with research institutions and government agencies have increased the richness of the PHRN’s linked data assets.

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September

  • NCRIS Showcase at Parliament House

    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 

    The National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Capabilities Showcase was held at the Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra on 30 September 2014.

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  • White Paper on the Reform of the Federation released

    Friday, 12 September 2014 

    The Australian Government has produced a White Paper on the Reform of the Federation which focuses on the allocation of roles and responsibilities between the Commonwealth and the states and territories.

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  • 2015 Farr Institute International Conference announced

    Wednesday, 10 September 2014 

    In August 2015 the Farr Institute will be hosting an International Conference in St Andrews, Scotland. This will build on the successful conferences under the auspices of SHIP attracting delegates from across the world including New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe.

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  • Alannah MacTiernan MP makes parliamentary speech about data linkage

    Thursday, 04 September 2014 

    The Hon Alannah MacTiernan MP, the Member for Perth, attended Professor D'Arcy Holman’s valedictory address at the University of Western Australia in July 2014. She shared her thoughts on his address “Health, political arithmetic and public accountability: Bringing down the great Commonwealth-state data divide” with members of the House of Representatives in Canberra on 4 September 2014.

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  • Data linkage on the agenda at the 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium

    Thursday, 04 September 2014 

    The National Rural Health Alliance Inc held its 4th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Canberra on 2-3 September 2014. Rural and remote health researchers attending the symposium were given valuable insights into the availability and use of national health data sets from Australian Government departments and agencies.

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August

  • Report on legal and ethical issues of administrative data in Scotland released

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 

    The Administrative Data Research Centre (Scotland) has produced an overview of the regulatory context in which administrative data linkages currently operate in Scotland.

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  • WA unveils advances in linked data delivery systems

    Tuesday, 05 August 2014 

    A letter was published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health about the WA Data Linkage Branch's Custodian Administered Research Extract Server (CARES); a central data extraction hub designed to speed up the extraction process. The letter highlights the concept of CARES and why it is necessary in a distributed model.

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July

  • PHRN Review Report released

    Friday, 25 July 2014 

    An independent review of the PHRN, commissioned by the PHRN Management Council, was completed in 2014. The final report which includes key findings and recommendations from the Review Panel has been released.

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June

  • Australian Early Development Census Data Linkage Policy

    Monday, 30 June 2014 

    The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) Data Linkage Policy was released in June 2014. This policy makes clear the governance arrangements and required protocols for making AEDC data available for data linkage, specifically for research purposes.

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May

  • NCRIS capabilities allocated $150 million in 2014/15 Budget

    Wednesday, 14 May 2014 

    The 2014-15 Commonwealth Budget has allocated $150 million in 2015-16 so that the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) can continue to support the operation and maintenance of existing nationally significant research infrastructure facilities such as the PHRN until 30 June 2016.

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April

  • Second International Health Data Linkage Conference a success

    Wednesday, 30 April 2014 

    The second International Health Data Linkage Conference was held in Vancouver, Canada 28-30 April 2014. Australia and the PHRN were well represented at the conference both in attendance and presentations. Videos and slides of the keynote speakers as well as the presentations from the concurrent sessions are now available on the conference website.

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  • Linking data to improve health outcomes

    Monday, 21 April 2014 

    Professor Ian Olver, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Australia highlighted that routinely collected data, when linked, are a rich source of sound evidence for making health care decisions in an Editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia.

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March

  • When it comes to scientific data, sharing is caring

    Monday, 31 March 2014 

    On 31 March 2014 The Irish Times published an article on the topic of data sharing and reuse. The article, titled 'When it comes to scientific data, sharing is caring', arose from the Research Data Alliance's Third Plenary Meeting in Dublin, which Dr Wilkinson, executive director of the Australian National Data Service, attended.

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