Evaluating Risk

Evaluating Risk

Identifiability

The most common risk associated with data linkage is the risk to privacy. The seriousness of the risks associated with the use of personal information will be affected by the degree of identifiability of the information. According to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, updated 2018), identifiability exists on a continuum. Researchers need to consider how likely it is that the identity of individuals can be ascertained from the information involved in a project. Element 4: Collection, Use and Management of Data and Information contained in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, updated 2018) addresses ethical issues related to generation, collection, access, use, analysis, disclosure, storage, retention, disposal, sharing and re-use of data or information.

Useful resources

Researchers should be guided by information compiled by Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and its state and territory equivalents, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian National Data Service, in tandem with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007, updated 2018).

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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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