It is a high priority for the PHRN to ensure that all the appropriate structures, policies, procedures, processes and controls are implemented to manage information safely and securely within the Network.

The PHRN Governance Framework sets out the PHRN's governance arrangements.

PHRN Organisation

As the PHRN is not in itself an organisation, the roles and responsibilities of each of the participating organisations are clearly defined and outlined by a series of contracts. These contracts bind each organisation to comply with the Information Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) as well as the privacy legislation in their own state or territory and comply with all PHRN policies. The Lead Agent for the PHRN funding agreement is the University of Western Australia.

In addition to organisational contracts, data linkage staff with access to personal information and researchers who are provided with linked data are required to sign Confidentiality Agreements.  These are legally binding contracts that outline the relevant legislation that applies to the data, the terms and conditions of its use and consequences of data misuse and privacy breaches.

For further information about our governance structures please visit the PHRN Board and PHRN Participant Council.

Lead Agent

The Lead Agent for the PHRN funding agreement is the University of Western Australia:

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Data linkage has a significant role in reduction of cervical cancer in Australia. The HPV vaccine was introduced in 2007, success of the vaccine was monitored by linking vaccine registers to cervical smear registers in Queensland & Victoria.

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Webinar Wednesday 26 February 2020, "Innovation: How should we use Australia's publicly funded data?" Annette Hicks, Senior Advisor, Watson Health IBM