Pioneers in Data Linkage
Improving outcomes for the Western Australian community by putting linked data at the core of decision-making and research
We provide a range of services to facilitate access to linked data for approved purposes, including medical research and service evaluation.
We have linked over 150 million records from 50 routinely linked datasets to create one of the most comprehensive linkage systems in the world.
Linked data can be requested for ethically approved research, planning, and evaluation projects which show benefit to the lives of Western Australians.
We have a range of resources available to help you understand the linkage process, available datasets, ethical considerations and the application process.
The Data Linkage Strategy
The WA Health Data Linkage Strategy 2022-24 (the Strategy) was developed leveraging recommendations from the 2016 Review of Western Australia’s Data Linkage Capabilities and the Sustainable Health Review 2019, to reform, modernise, simplify and improve access to health data – making it easier for researchers to use data to inform research that will ultimately benefit patients and the Western Australian community.
This innovative Department of Health strategy was officially launched by the Honourable Minister Stephen Dawson on 8 May 2023 at the Science on the Swan conference, highlighting the vision of the Strategy to utilise and share linked data to enhance community outcomes by placing it at the forefront of the decision-making and research. A Media Statement was developed by the Minister’s office to mark the occasion.
For more information on the projects being undertaken as part of the Strategy, please see the Roadmap.
Lead strategic projects and infrastructure development
We are committed to maintaining privacy, and have developed and deployed multiple privacy protocols to ensure best practice procedures are supported at all stages of data integration and delivery.
We take data security seriously, enforcing strict procedures to assure the highest standards.
Ethics and Governance
The Department of Health WA Human Research Ethics Committee has responsibility for oversight of the use and disclosure of personal health information.
The ISPD Client Services team is here to help with any questions or concerns you might have. Get in touch with the ISPD Client Services team to see how we can work together.