Retirement of Andrew Stanley

Retirement of Andrew Stanley

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Retirement of Andrew Stanley

In December 2020, Andrew Stanley retired as Director of the SA NT DataLink. We thank Andrew for his significant contribution to the development of data linkage at regional and national levels in Australia.

As the Director for Intergovernmental Relations within SA Department of Health, and the Chair of the SA Health HREC, in the mid-2000s Andrew was directly responsible for introducing into South Australia the innovative record linkage developments in privacy protecting the sharing of data for research, pioneered by the Western Australian Department of Health collaborating with Fiona Stanley and Michael Hobbs from UWA.

The Clients in Common Project in 2004 was a joint project between the SA Departments of Health and Family and Community Services, which became the proof of concept addressing legal and governance requirement for linking several public sector administrative datasets from health, housing and family and community services. This de-identified dataset supported analysis of the usage of multiple public-funded services to inform service provision and program development.

The success of the Clients in Common Project resulted in the formation of the SA NT Data Linkage Consortium in 2009, with Andrew leading the collaborative partnership of several agencies including the public universities and the NT Government, with additional funding support from PHRN.

Andrew was the inaugural chair of the SA NT DataLink Steering Committee and its predecessor from 2006 to 2012. In 2012 he replaced Robyn McDermott who was the inaugural Director of SA NT DataLink. Andrew leaves the University of South Australia after eight years in the role of Director SA NT DataLink.

Andrew was responsible for leading the design of SA NT DataLink, influenced by Fran Baum’s work on the social determinants of health, resulting in the record linkage of early childhood development, education, justice, homelessness and social services data, rather than the more traditional health centric approach taken in some other jurisdictional data linkage units. As a result, the SA NT DataLink system has been particularly responsive to researcher demand, working in partnership with researchers to grow the available data from three data sources in 2010 to now over 70 data sources being available for research and analysis, resulting in SA NT DataLink being regarding as one of the leading facilities in Australia and internationally.

Under Andrew’s leadership, SA NT DataLink has enabled innovative research and analysis through provision of access to hard to get data, including directly supporting cancer research and child abuse and neglect research programs. Leading research teams across South Australia and nationally including the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA), the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin, the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health at UQ, the North West Adelaide Health Study, the MAILS Longitudinal Male Ageing Study Research Group, and the BetterStart Child Health and Development Research Group have also been supported.

In addition, Andrew directly contributed to the wider PHRN, as a member of the PHRN Management Council and of the PHRN Participant Counci

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