Case Studies

Case Studies

In Australia and overseas, research using linked data has had a significant impact on health services. To learn more about the role of data linkage, both in health research and related areas, we invite you to read our featured case studies. 

Postpartum Depression
Two comprehensive mental health studies analysing the data of more than 450,000 new mothers have revealed some striking trends. These findings could have a significant impact on mental health treatment and public policy in Australia. click here to watch our short video.

Heart Surgery in Octogenarians
The researchers found that age was not a significant risk factor in elderly patients undergoing aortic valve replacement. Click here for our short animation on heart surgery.

Australia’s border hopping hospital hot spots
Analysis of 44 million hospital records from QLD, NSW, SA and WA has found that more than 200,000 patients travelled interstate to receive treatment.

Rural patients not receiving the recommended colorectal cancer treatments 
A South Australia study has found that older patients or ones living in rural areas are far less likely to receive the recommended treatments for colorectal cancer.

Women and teenagers most at risk of paracetamol overdose
Women and 15-19-year-olds are the most likely to suffer a paracetamol overdose, a comprehensive study using nearly 15,000 hospital records has found. The researchers suggest that improving general awareness and support for mental health initiatives could reduce the burden of these overdoses.


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PHRN COVID-19 Offering

Our network remains open. The network is interoperable & can source expertise, technology & data from around the country. Our expert staff are highly qualified & experienced in linkage of patient data, including population-based administrative data as well as linkage of research cohort data. In addition, we provide secure file transfer & secure remote access services. We are able to work with other NCRIS capabilities to deliver coordinated access to national research infrastructure.

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Australia's national research infrastructure response to COVID-19. From developing and testing vaccines to designing treatment drugs & manufacturing PPE. Check this interactive infographic to know how Australia's national research infrastructure is responding to COVID-19.