Data Informing Policy & Practice
The SPAHC researchers have considerable depth and breadth of experience working together on data projects including data linkage of ambulance, general practice and hospital datasets as well as primary care of the elderly. Health service data we use includes routine administration data (national Medicare datasets, local hospital network/district data, Physiotherapy, General Practice and Primary Health Network data), clinical outcomes, patient (student and provider) surveys, linked datasets (Medicare, PBS and health service datasets) and national surveys (MABEL, National Health Survey). We also have extensive experience working with allied heath, primary care, nursing and medical clinicians on implementing or improving how IT is used in their health service and on eHealth and mHealth interventions.
We are leading Australian researchers in using data to develop a robust evidence base to support targeted and priority-driven strategic research in primary health care. Our expertise in linking health data with other datasets has generated important insights on the patient journey and strategies to improve integration of care between primary and acute care as well as other levels of health care and services.
Future data-driven research is to continue building links with the various layers of health services, and conduct collaborative research to improve health outcomes for patients and health system sustainability.