Western Australia

Data linkage review report released

Science Minister Dave Kelly and Health Minister Roger Cook have released the Data Linkage Expert Advisory Group’s report into Western Australia’s data linkage capabilities.

WA’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken AC chaired the group, which also included Government Chief Information Officer Giles Nunis, and Founding Director of Telethon Kids Institute Professor Fiona Stanley AC, with additional expert advice provided by Professors Bruce Armstrong and Louisa Jorm.

The review included extensive consultation with the research, not-for-profit and public sectors and a comprehensive report was finalised late in 2016.

The report includes recommendations to improve the State’s current data linkage service in the short term, and develop a whole-of-government model in the future which builds on the State’s existing strengths in population health data linkage and research.

The report’s recommendations will feed into a number of the Government’s current reform initiatives, including a commitment to State privacy legislation and the Service Priority Review.

Source: WA Government