Secure File Transfer and Access

Secure File Transfer and Access

The PHRN supports a network that enables approved population data from around the nation to be safely and securely:

  • transferred using a secure file transfer system and
  • analysed by researchers in a secure remote access data laboratory.

Secure File Transfer

SUFEX is a secure file transfer service for the PHRN and its stakeholders.  Through a standard software browser, registered users can send and receive data files, track recipients, delete or withdraw files, and view file reports. SUFEX is one of the options that data custodians can use to send files to the PHRN data linkage units and researchers. For more information read their flyer.

To register as a user, please email the administrator or visit the Sufex website.

Secure Access

SURE is Australia's first remote-access data research laboratory purpose-built for the analysis of linked, routinely collected data. It 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.

Information on the registration process, access charges, user training and system requirements is available at the SURE website.

To find out more about the SURE, please email the administrator or watch the video.


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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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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.