Data Security

Data Security

This section contains a range of information about data security that is useful to those conducting research using linked data. In this section you will find information about:

Researchers proposing the use of linked data will be required by the data linkage unit, Human Research Ethics Committees and the data custodian of each of the data collections for which they are requesting data to provide a detailed security plan outlining how the personal information and the privacy of the people whose information is being used will be protected.

Personal information is defined in s6(1) of the Privacy Act as: 
"…information or an opinion (including information or an opinion forming part of a database), whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can be reasonably ascertained, from the information or opinion".

Researchers should incorporate into their data security plan any standards, guidelines and policies on security specified by their organisations or the data custodians from which they are requesting data. Researchers will also need to be aware of relevant legislation that imposes obligations in relation to personal information security. Researchers are required to develop and implement a data security plan to eliminate, minimise or manage risks associated with data linkage projects.

 

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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. Staff are currently all working in line with our usual work patterns and our landline numbers are being diverted to staff at home, so will either be answered, or it will be possible to leave a voicemail. Please bear with us as we move to this new way of working. 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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NEWS & EVENTS

LATEST NEWS

WA Department of Health is seeking to establish a contract for the provision of an expert resource which will provide consultation to the Department of Health and the Department of Jobs, Tourism and Industry on a joint initiative. The ‘Strategic Linkage Advisor’, will provide strategic linkage advice, research, analysis, stakeholder management and inter-governmental coordination on matters relating to data linkage.

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