The Network

Our Partners

The Population Health Research Network (PHRN) is an Australian Government initiative established as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and with continued funding from both NCRIS and the Australian Government's Education Investment Fund Super Science Initiative (EIFSSI).

Additional funding and in kind support is also offered from state and territory governments, leading universities and major research institutes.

The Network embodies a group of collaborators who are working together to develop Australia's health data linkage capabilities.


The Sax Institute is a not-for-profit organisation that acts as a bridge between researchers and health decision makers. The Sax Institute improves policy makers' access to existing research; generates new research for use in health policies and programs; and develops and tests innovative ways to increase the use of research evidence. For more information visit Sax Logo
SA NT DataLink is the operational body for a consortium formed under a Joint Venture Agreement which currently includes the University of South Australia, Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, SA Department for Health and Ageing, SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, SA Department for Education and Child Development, SA Motor Accident Commission, the Northern Territory Government, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Cancer Council SA – Beat Cancer and the Health Consumers Alliance of South Australia. For more information about the SA NT DataLink consortium please visit SA NT DataLink.  SANT Datalink Logo
The Department of Health, Victoria objective is to achieve the best health and wellbeing for all Victorians. The Department has three portfolios including health, mental health and aged care. For more information visit the Centre for Victorian Data Linkage.
The Tasmanian Department of Health manages and delivers health and wellbeing services for all Tasmanians. For more information visit
The University of Queensland was the first university in Queensland and was founded in 1910. UQ is in the top 100 universities worldwide. UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of Eight university, and a member of Universities Australia. UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence and in 2015 it had 50,836 students. For more information visit
Queensland Health's role is one of system-wide policy and regulation, planning and service purchasing, supporting system-wide quality and safety, and service innovation. The department also provides a range of governance, corporate functions and information and communication technology functions, administers major infrastructure programs and manages the delivery of statewide services such as forensic and scientific services and Telehealth. For more information visit QLD Govt
Curtin University is a multi-campus university founded in 1967. Curtin has a strong commitment to international engagement with Australia's third largest international student population and a strong focus on Indigenous education and culture. Curtin is one of only two Western Australian universities to rank in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Annual Ranking of World Universities (2013). Curtin also ranked in the Times Higher Education's 2012-2013 world university rankings. For more information visit
The Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL) is dedicated to helping researchers, planners and policy makers access linked health data about people in the NSW and ACT. We host a secure, high performing data linkage system - one of the largest of its kind in Australia - which facilitates high-quality research and health policy decisions. For more information visit
The Data Linkage Branch at the Western Australian Department of Health manages the WADLS (WA Data Linkage System), which entails the creation and maintenance of linkages within and between a wide range of Health and other datasets. PHRN/ NCRIS Funding has supported the DLB in proof of concept activities and PHRN/ EIF-SSI funding has contributed to the development of the CARES (Custodian Administered Research Extract Server) system. For more information visit
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare. For more information visit AIHW_stacked.jpg