When you first contact the AIHW Data Linkage Unit, you will be assigned a Project Manager who will guide you through the linkage journey.
Visit our Researcher resources for information about national datasets and helpful tips to assist you along the linkage pathway.
There are two compulsory steps to the data linkage process:
The AIHW Data Linkage Unit is committed to working together with researchers to:
To achieve these goals, all requests are to be viewed by Data Linkage Unit staff prior to consideration by the AIHW Ethics Committee.
Please email the Data Linkage Unit at email@example.com to obtain a ‘Request for linkage of national data: technical assessment’ form.
Complete the form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please leave plenty of time for the technical assessment to be finalised. Final (not draft) Technical Assessment forms need to be completed and sent to us at the Data Linkage Unit at least four weeks before the AIHW Ethics Committee meeting application submission deadline. This is to allow adequate time for AIHW data custodians to review the request.
Once we have received your Technical Assessment form, your assigned Project Manager will assist you with any queries and guide you through the linkage process.
Visit our Researcher Resources for information about national datasets and helpful tips to assist you along the linkage pathway.
Although the AIHW Ethics Committee only considers linkage projects after the Data Linkage Unit technical assessment has been completed, it is recommended that researchers give early consideration to the project’s ethical aspects.
Using the online EthOS system, please register your project and begin completing the AIHW Ethics Committee application form as soon as possible.
You can make a start on your AIHW Ethics Committee application at any time. You only need the signed-off Technical Assessment form to actually lodge the ethics application.
Researchers may also be required to obtain additional approval from a National Health and Medical Research Council registered or certified human research ethics committee.
Visit AIHW Ethics Committee for more information.
Queries about AIHW Ethics Committee processes should be directed to EthicsSec@aihw.gov.au.
Please note that the AIHW Ethics Committee will only consider linkage projects that have undergone a technical assessment by the Data Linkage Unit.
Please leave plenty of time for the technical assessment. Although the Data Linkage Unit will make every effort to progress your project as quickly as possible, we cannot guarantee that all projects will be assessed in time for submission to an up-coming AIHW Ethics Committee meeting.
Please begin both the technical assessment and ethics approval process early on.
Please contact the AIHW Data Linkage Unit at email@example.com.
An estimate of the costs associated with linkage can be requested at any time. A final quotation will be issued once the technical assessment has been completed.
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