Project launch: Linkage of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) data to state-based health datasets

Date Published:
18 May 2015
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Project launch: Linkage of the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) data to state-based health datasets to evaluate and inform Australia's immunisation program

12.15-1pm Tuesday June 2, 2015, at the Communicable Disease Control Conference (Brisbane, June 1-2, 2015)

We invite conference delegates to help us celebrate the successful linkage of the ACIR to state-based health datasets in Western Australia (WA) and New South Wales (NSW). Over the past 3.5 years a strong collaboration between researchers and state and national agencies has led to the linkage of a 17 year birth cohort (over 2 million children) to ACIR and health outcome data, particularly about vaccine preventable diseases. This was achieved through project funding from the Population Health Research Network, as part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, and researcher support from the National Health and Medical Research Council, and The CRE in Immunisation in Understudied and Special Risk Populations. We will provide an overview of the project, highlight the achievements to date (including the establishing a process for data release under the Commonwealth data integration policy), and describe the main objectives and planned priorities for analysis. This will be an opportunity to better understand the process of conducting linkage using Commonwealth datasets, propose specific questions that could be answered with our study data, and identify preferred mechanisms for stakeholder feedback.