The report of the HSRAANZ's survey on data availability has been submitted to the Productivity Commission.
Overall, key messages from HSRAANZ survey respondents were:
- Imperative to improve the speed and ease in accessing data, to provide more up-to-date and relevant information for policy and practice to improve health and wellbeing.
- Need to improve timeliness for approval and delivery of data, both for non-linked and linked datasets.
- Potential to improve streamlining of processes to reduce delays and prevent duplication of effort, by researchers and data custodians.
- Suggestions to improve standardisation and centralisation for cross-jurisdictional data linkage, to reduce duplication of same requirements with multiple gatekeepers.
- Acknowledgment that access to linked data has been steadily improving.
- Many examples provided by HSRAANZ survey participants of research projects with high impact and benefits, which highlights why access and use of data is important.
The full report can be viewed here.