PHRN COVID-19 Offering

PHRN COVID-19 Offering


National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy

The Population Health Research Network (PHRN) coordinates the Australian Government investment in infrastructure for linkage/integration of population-based health and other human services data and secure access to these data.

Linked data resources include:

  • Administrative data collected by the Australian Government and all state and territory governments
  • Registry data including data from state and territory cancer registries
  • Some clinical and some genomics data

Data linkage facilities open for business

PHRN’s national network comprising eight participants ( supports data linkage and integration services within and between Australian jurisdictions. A number of these services are already supporting COVID-19 related activities and can be mobilised to provide support to the national COVID-19 response, including:

  • Linkage of patient data
  • Secure remote access data laboratory authorised to hold government data
  • Disease surveillance
  • Patient monitoring
  • Support for vaccine testing
  • Long-term patient outcomes

Our network remains open. The network is interoperable and can source expertise, technology and data from around the country. Our expert staff are highly qualified and experienced in linkage of patient data, including population-based administrative data (such as hospital admissions, notifiable diseases and death data) as well as linkage of research cohort data. In addition, we provide secure file transfer and secure remote access services. We are able to work with other NCRIS capabilities to deliver coordinated access to national research infrastructure.

Quality Certification and Accreditation

PHRN facilities hold a variety of certifications and accreditations, including:

  • ISO 27001
  • Australian Government-recognised IRAP assessment 
  • Australian Government Accredited Integrating Authority

Additional Resources Available

PHRN is able to provide advice on the availability of data linkage and linked data resources across Australia and on the design of studies using linked data. We can also coordinate data access for multi-state and cross-jurisdictional projects. In addition, we support:

  • An Online Application System providing a standard online application form for multi-state and cross-jurisdictional data
  • The Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE), a remote data access laboratory that can accommodate very large linked data projects including genomics projects.
  • A number of jurisdictional linked data repositories

We also have access to data linkage expertise in developed countries across the globe including in UK, Europe and North America.

For more information or to discuss further email







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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."