News & Events

News & Events


  • New Impact Stories

    Wednesday, 29 May 2024 

    Understanding road crash injuries and Stopping respiratory virus spread

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  • National Health Data Hub launched for research projects

    Wednesday, 15 May 2024 

    The AIHW launched the National Health Data Hub (NHDH) mid-May 2024. The PHRN National Master Linkage Key initiative has been a pivotal factor in delivering the NHDH linked data.

    The NHDH, formerly known as the National Integrated Health Services Information (NHISI) analytical asset, marks a significant advance in Australia's healthcare data infrastructure, facilitating streamlined access to critical health information for research purposes. 

    The NHDH is a national linked data resource, encompassing a comprehensive array of health data including data about admitted patient care, emergency department visits, immunisation, aged care, Medicare Benefits Schedule, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and mortality data. 

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  • Linkage Learning Webinar: Australia's Urban Health Indicators project

    Thursday, 28 March 2024 

    In this webinar, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) director Professor Pascal Perez explains the Australian Urban Health Indicator project (AusUrb-HI) project, a collaboration between NCRIS facilities (AURIN, PHRN and ARDC) and researchers from QUT, UWA and RMIT.

    AusUrb-HI seeks to facilitate access to restricted linked population health data and generate a new high-value data asset, the Heat Health Vulnerability Indicator, which integrates population health data, demographic determinants, environment, and urban morphology parameters into weighted spatial layers of heat exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. Efforts to collect this data and develop this indicator have included comprehensive measures to protect personal information, and will allow researchers to understand in greater detail the relationships between human health and the built environment.

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  • Community views on the secondary use of GP data

    Thursday, 14 March 2024 

    PHRN's Dr Felicity Flack co-authored this new article on Exploring Community Views on Sharing General Practice Data for Secondary Purposes.

    The project and published study focused on understanding community perspectives on sharing general practice data for secondary purposes.

    The findings shed light on the importance of addressing key considerations and building trust within the community when utilising general practice data for broader applications. This research has significant implications for quality assurance, evaluation, health service planning, and further research endeavours in the healthcare sector.

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  • Canada HDRN story on PHRNs metadata platform

    Wednesday, 21 February 2024 

    "In response to increasing demand for linked data from researchers, governments and policy makers, Australia’s  Population Health Research Network (PHRN) launched its Metadata Platform, a centralised platform to help researchers explore datasets that are available for data linkage research across the country...."

    Read the full story here: Canada HDRN's story on PHRNs metadata platform 

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  • Linkage Learning Webinar: Metadata Platform

    Wednesday, 14 February 2024 

    Learn all about PHRN’s new Metadata Platform in our first Webinar for 2024.

    Our new web-based metadata platform helps researchers quickly identify what linked datasets are available for research across Australia. It has a search, browse and filter capability and presents asset metadata in a standardised format, enabling researchers to better evaluate the suitability of datasets across jurisdictions.

    Held Wednesday, 21 February 2024.

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  • New online researcher training

    Thursday, 18 January 2024 

    PHRN’s new online course provides participants with the knowledge and skills required to plan linked data projects and successfully navigate the application and approval process.

    The free self-paced course takes around an hour to complete. It covers the types of data that are commonly available for linkage, the benefits and constraints of administrative data for research, a basic understanding of the data linkage process, and guidance on design and feasibility. It also details the application and approval process for each jurisdiction, using a standardised format and provides guidance for costs and timeframes.