Education and Training

The PHRN supports and encourages training and education opportunities for technical data linkers, researchers, data custodians and Human Research Ethics Committee members.

In February 2012, the PHRN Management Council endorsed the PHRN Training Policy. The Policy is directed at ensuring that the development of the PHRN infrastructure and all research conducted using the PHRN infrastructure is conducted by individuals who have undergone appropriate training and met the competency requirements for their role. A copy of the PHRN Training Policy can be found here.

Between November 2010 and February 2011, the PHRN Program Office consulted with a total of 60 PHRN representatives for their input into the training needs of the PHRN. An executive summary outlining the consultation process and findings can be found here.

Currently there are two training programs:

  • Human Research Ethics for Data Linkage: This one-day workshop will provide participants who are members of HRECs with a range of skills and knowledge that improve their ability and confidence to assess research applications proposing the use of linked data.
  • Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) training: Users of SURE are required to complete specific training prior to receiving access to the SURE facility. The training is currently offered as a face-to-face one day workshop.

If you have any linked data training opportunities, please contact Nicola Tew for publication on our training calendar.

For more detail on training events view our training calendar.


The Education and Training Unit of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) is a centralised training centre that responds to the education and training needs of PHRN members and supports researchers utilising linked data. The Education and Training Unit primarily seeks to increase the quality of data linkage and researcher skills to ensure the integrity and safety of data.  
The Education and Training Unit operates out of the National Program Office and is responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of a national training program covering all aspects of data linkage relevant to:
•    Technical data linkers
•    Researchers
•    Data custodians and
•    Human Research Ethics Committees.
The Unit will offer a suite of training workshops as well as provide links to existing trainings nationally and internationally endorsed by the PHRN. Training will be offered in a variety of formats including face-to-face workshops and online training.
Priority areas
The priority areas for the PHRN Education and Training Unit include:
    The development of an online training for researchers wishing to access data through the SURE. Researchers will be required to successfully complete this training in order to receive linked data from SURE.
    National roll out of Consumer and Community Engagement Training for all PHRN members.
    The development of training for Human Research Ethics Committee members on the technical aspects of data linkage and key ethical considerations pertaining to data linkage
    The development of educational workshops for data custodians.

Develop your skills with FREE online health workshops
Four free, online workshops are now available from the Education and Training Unit of Population Data BC as part of their mandate to serve the needs of researchers, analysts and practitioners.
The workshops have been redesigned from their original inceptions as in-class workshops to an online format in order to broaden knowledge mobilisation in the following topic areas.
• Administrative Data 101
• Spatial Epidemiology
• GIS and Epidemiology
• Introduction to Space-Time Disease Surveillance
Visit the links above for more information on each workshop, including video clips outlining workshop content and sign up instructions.
Check the website  regularly to keep up to date.

Consumer and Community Participation: A training workshop on implementing participation

Target Group
PHRN members

Facilitated by
Anne McKenzie

This one day workshop will provide participants with a range of skills and knowledge that aims to improve their ability and confidence to work with consumers and community members. Primarily, participants will learn:
    To understand the principles of consumer and community participation in organisational development; and
    How to begin planning and implementing consumer and community participation in all aspects of your nodes activities
SA•NT DataLink, Adelaide - 22nd March 2011
Participant Organisations can register their interest by contacting the National Training and Development Coordinator, Kate Tan on 08 6389 7306 or at