SA-NT DataLink
Supporting health, social and economic research, education and policy in South Australia and the Northern Territory.


Governance for Linkage Projects

Commonwealth Privacy Act 1988 Privacy Principles.

Privacy Commitee of South Australia - Privacy Principles.

Northern Territory Information Act 2002

Ethics Committees

Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research, developed and endorsed through Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

SA Healh Human Research Ethics Committee (SA Health HREC)

Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA)

 Northern Territory Ethics Committee - Menzies School of Health Research


Other resources

Access and use of Australian Government Data for Integration and Linkage is governed by a set of high level principles for statistical integration which were endorsed in February 2010

In addition, the set of governance and institutional arrangements for data integration, were endorsed in October 2010.

Population Health Research Network (PHRN) - About Data Linkage

Peter Christen (2012) Data Matching - Concepts and Techniques for Records Linkage, Entity Resolution, and Duplicate Detection

The South Australian Early Childhood Development Research Group at the Univeresity of Adelaide is an important research program for South Australia analysing data on over 300,000 children (whole of population) and their education, youth justice and health outcomes. This is led by Professor John Lynch -  please refer to a useful one page diagram of the linked data presented in March 2017


STATA Statistical Software Package

Australian Bureau of Statistics Training Calendar

Instructional video on Privacy Protection for Polpulation Studies involving Genomic / DNA data

There is a critical need to ensure that research and data linkage methods involving studies using the Genomic / DNA data protect the privacy of individuals. There are a combination of privacy protecting anonymising and suppression steps that need to be considered when undertaking research; particulary where there are a small numbers of results.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center have prepared an instructional video describing the privacy protection methods when using Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS). The video provides useful information and assessment of privacy protecting process where Genomic / DNA data is linked with other records, and the situations where privacy may be compromised and a case study showing steps to manage this. 

Standard Glossary of Terms & Abreviations PHRN Glossary, as at Sept 2011