Secure Unified Research Exchange


The Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) has been developed by the Sax Institute as part of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN). SURE is Australia's first and only remote-access data research laboratory purpose-built for the analysis of linked, routinely collected data.

The Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) is a remote-access computing environment that allows researchers to remotely access and analyse the approved data extracts provided by data custodians for their research project. Researchers see a facsimile of the screen of the remote virtual computer on their local computer screen.  Within the SURE each researcher is allocated a virtual computer which runs entirely on hardware physically located at and controlled by the SURE.   The SURE also contains extensive data storage and backup capabilities and a range of analysis software for researchers to use.

SURE aims to:

  • Minimise the risk of privacy and/or confidentiality breaches when conducting research using linked, de-identified health and other data, by supplying a remote-access computing environment with comprehensive security features which replaces a researcher's local computing environment;
  • Improve the accessibility of linked data to accredited researchers undertaking ethics committee-approved population health, health services and related research;
  • Make collaboration between researchers from different institutions easier and more efficient; and
  • Provide a high performance computing environment with enhanced speed, storage and cutting-edge analytic software and tools to researchers.

For more information visit the Sax Institute


Secure data transfer (SUFEX)

SUFEX is a secure file transfer service for the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) and its stakeholders.  SUFEX is one of the options that data custodians can use to send files to the PHRN data linkage units and researchers. SUFEX uses a secure online application that allows users to send and receive files from anywhere at anytime. It provides users with a secure file exchange service and is not a file storage solution.

SUFEX is operated by the Centre for Data Linkage at Curtin University.

For more information visit the SUFEX website or to register email