Second International Health Data Linkage Conference a success

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The second International Health Data Linkage Conference was held in Vancouver, Canada 28-30 April 2014.

The conference was a great success with many interesting and stimulating presentations as well as the opportunity to meet with people from all over the world. Nancy Meagher and her team from PopData BC must be congratulated for organising such a fabulous event.

Australia and the PHRN were well represented at the conference both in attendance and presentations. There were 9 oral presentations from PHRN node staff or about PHRN funded infrastructure.

  • “The Hospital Dementia Services Project: the effects of person-based and hospital-based factors on outcomes of hospitalisation for people with dementia”, Phil Anderson, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • “Privacy-preserving record linkage on large real world datasets”, James Boyd, PHRN Centre for Data Linkage, Curtin University
  • "Building a better pipeline: the custodian administered research extract server”, Thomas Eitelhuber, Data Linkage WA
  • “Comparing geospatial distance without revealing location”, James Farrow, Farrow Norris Pty Ltd / SA.NT DataLink
  • “Use of graph theory measures to identify errors in record linkage”, Anna Ferrante, PHRN Centre for Data Linkage, Curtin University
  • “East meets west: cross jurisdictional linkages to evaluate and inform childhood immunisation policy in Australia”, Hannah Moore, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia
  • “Proving a Concept: Cross Jurisdictional Linkage in Australia”, Diana Rosman, Department of Health Western Australia
  • "Evolution and ecology of data linkage systems: an example from Western Australia”, Diana Rosman Department of Health Western Australia
  • “Data linkage - the big picture!”, Brian Stokes, Menzies Research Institute Tasmania


Judy Allen, Carolyn Adams and Felicity Flack gave a sub-plenary presentation entitled “Regulating access to government databases for data linkage research: designing a best practice model” and SANT DataLink organised and facilitated a half day workshop on “Governance of Researchable Data Repositories: establishing and operating repositories and databanks” with over 110 people attending.


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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