High Value Data Collections

Identifying and prioritising core and high value datasets for linkage

As part of our commitment to service improvement, the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) conducted a project about identifying and prioritising high value data collections for linkage.

The aim of the project?

The primary aim of the project was to identify an agreed minimum set of data collections to be consistently included in each of the PHRN nodes data linkage infrastructure in order to support projects conducted at national or multi-jurisdictional levels. 

Why we did the project?

The PHRN operates a national data linkage infrastructure that enables existing health, education and human services data from around the nation to be brought together and made available for vital research purposes. Currently a researcher wishing to conduct a linked data project which involves all, or a number, of jurisdictions, can only access a few linked data collections (e.g. public hospital and death data) that are consistently collected and routinely linked in each state and territory. The PHRN wants to offer researchers more data collections that are routinely linked by all data linkage units in each state and territory. This will provide researchers with a richer linked dataset  and enable population research of national relevance.


The project started on 1 January 2017 and was completed by 30 June 2017.   The results of the report are attached here.

For more information contact the PHRN.