Dear WA Data Linkage BranchThe 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. Stakeholders,

During December the Data LinkageA 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’. Branch will not be processing any new applications for 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)., as we take time to review and update our processes. There will be no further Data CustodianThe person within an organisation/agency formally assigned to collect, manage, secure and disclose a dataset on a day-to-day basis at the direction of the Data Steward. draft application review meetings in 2017; the first draft application review meeting for next year will be held on Thursday 18 January 2018. 

We will continue to progress existing applications and projects during the closedown period. Please note although we do not formally close down a number of staff will be on leave during the Christmas period which may impact project timelines.

 Keep an eye out for our annual newsletter in the coming weeks, with Data Linkage Branch news and information.

We wish you all a happy and safe festive season!

- Data Linkage Branch Team