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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PHRN is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has taken steps to mitigate the risk of transmission to our staff. In line with advice on social distancing, all staff at PHRN program office have moved to work from home and are currently working in line with our usual work patterns. We will be participating in any meetings we need to attend remotely via Zoom. We are reviewing our work plans in light of the current situation and will make changes as required to ensure we are serving our network, researchers and community in this changing situation.

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Listen to our Webinar Wednesday by Dr Melissa O’Donnell from @telethonkids talk on "Using linked data to provide evidence for improved policy and support for vulnerable children and families."