Population Health Research Network

The Population Health Research Network (PHRN) is building the capability to link data between states and territories as well as between states and territories and the Commonwealth.

Data Applicants who are developing a proposal for a study involving cross jurisdictional data linkage are encouraged to contact Policy and Client Services at the PHRN Program Office.

The Program Office can offer advice and assistance with the following:

  • Availability and location of datasets;
  • Access and approvals processes;
  • Costs and pricing for data linkage projects;
  • Approximate timeframes from approvals to data delivery; and
  • Referrals to Data Linkage Units.

See also: http://www.phrn.org.au/home


Commonwealth Data

Some significant health data relating to WA residents is held by the Australian Federal Government. This includes information about:

  • residential care and related data concerning aged care;
  • claims for visits to general practitioners and some other Medicare treatments;
  • pharmaceutical claims in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Since 2012, all new data linkage projects involving Australian Federal Government health datasets require an approved Integrating Authority, accredited by the Australian Government Cross Portfolio Data Integration Oversight Board.

More information can be found on the Statistical Data Integration website


Applying for WA linked data as part of a cross jurisdictional project

Applications for cross jurisdictional data can be made via the PHRN Online Application System.

DLB accepts this application form in place of the DLB Application for Data form, however applications must also include DLB Data Services forms and Variable Lists.

Data Applicants should contact the DLB Client Services Team (data.services@health.wa.gov.au)  as well as the other relevant organisations, for example: