All outputs from the analysis of linked dataCan refer to: (1) the demographic data used in the Data Linkage process; or (2) information pertaining to services provided to people or their clinical information (available only from Data Custodians, including via CARES)., both draft and final, must be provided to DLBData Linkage Branch: the specialist team at the Department of Health who are responsible for developing and maintaining the WA Data Linkage System, performing data linkage, and the facilitation of access to linked data..

Providing draft outputs for review

Please email your draft outputs to DataServices@health.wa.gov.au. A DLB Client Services staff member will coordinate the review of the material by Custodians on your behalf. The review will focus on:

  • Impact on privacy and risk of reidentification of the data, including checking the suppression of low cell counts 
  • Issues relating to the data provided which may impact the interpretation of results, such as data quality, scope and coverage, and appropriateness of data items used
  • Terminology and descriptions of data collections and linkageData Linkage: a complex technique for connecting data records within and between datasets using demographic data (e.g. name, date of birth, address, sex, medical record number). Also called ‘Record Linkage’ or ‘Linkage’.
  • Appropriate acknowledgements to data providers and DLB

DLB Client Services will provide any feedback via email, usually within two weeks of receiving your draft outputs. 

Any issues regarding privacy or inappropriate use of the data will be reported directly to DOH HRECDepartment of Health Human Research Ethics Committee. A group that provides governance over Department of Health personal health information and its use in research. See also http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Corporate/Articles/N_R/Research-ethics for consideration and liaison with the Principal Investigator.

Providing final outputs to DLB

Please email final copies of your outputs, including publication references to DataServices@health.wa.gov.au