Acknowledgement of linked data sources

ALSWH’s national longitudinal surveys are complemented by an extensive health record linkage program.  Linked data are essential for our comprehensive analyses of women’s health and health service utilisation, which ultimately inform Australian health policy.

ALSWH is extremely grateful to the responsible Data Custodians and Data Linkage Units for access to these collections.  Specifically, we acknowledge the following:

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data
The Departments of Health, Veterans’ Affairs, and Medicare Australia for providing MBS and PBS data, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) as the integrating authority.

National Death Index (NDI)
The Data Linkage Unit at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for undertaking the data linkage to the NDI, and the contributing State and Territory Death Registers.

Aged Care Collections
The Departments of Health and Veterans’ Affairs for providing Aged Care data, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) as the integrating authority.

Australian Cancer Database
All State and Territory Cancer Registries for contributing data, and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) as the integrating authority.

Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department and Perinatal Data Collections

  • The Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL), NSW Ministry of Health and ACT Health, for providing the NSW Admitted Patients and Perinatal Data Collections, and the ACT Admitted Patient Care and Maternal Perinatal Data Collections.

  • Queensland Health, including the Statistical Services Branch, for providing the Queensland Hospital Admitted Patient and Queensland Perinatal Data Collections.

  • Department of Health Western Australia, including the Data Linkage Branch, and the WA Hospital Morbidity Data Collection, Midwives Notification System, and Emergency Department Data Collection.

  • SA NT Datalink, and SA Department for Health and Wellbeing, and Northern Territory Department of Health, for providing the SA Public Hospital Separations, SA Perinatal Statistics, NT Public Hospital Inpatient Activity and NT Perinatal Trends Data Collections.

  • Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit, and the Department of Health Tasmania, for providing the Public Hospital Admitted Patient Episodes and Perinatal Data Collections.

  • Centre for Data Victorian Linkage, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, for providing the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset, and the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity for the Victorian Perinatal Data Collection.

ALSWH is also supported by the Population Health Research Network which is a capability of the Australian Government National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Education Investment Fund Super Science Initiative. Click here to find out more about ALSWH’s linked data holdings.