Connecting registry data and administrative health data to combat colorectal cancer
The project aims to develop linkages between registry data and administrative health data to test the quality and usefulness of these linked datasets for research and health-service performance review. The project will link Commonwealth and State datasets with SA cancer registry data, using the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) data linkage unit.
The linked data will be important to evaluate and improve health-system performance as part of the new SA-wide initiative, the Beat Bowel Cancer project, that aims to cut colorectal cancer deaths by 2030.
The project is a landmark breakthrough for gaining access to health-system wide and population-based databases in Australia for research, health service planning and evaluation, and for monitoring effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and equity in service delivery. The project will support a change in thinking about the sharing of linked data through the correct channels and ensuring linked data can be re-used to support better health outcomes.
The project is supported with funding from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).
Professor David Roder