12, 19 & 26 March 2019 – FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Presented by: Dr Anna Kemp-Casey

The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) are valuable data resources with untapped potential to identify and monitor patterns of health service use and inform health service planning.

The Sax Institute invites you to attend a webinar series of our seminar Working with MBS and PBS data. Over three weekly sessions (120 minutes duration each) participants will receive an introduction to datasets, advice on dealing with some of their specific characteristics, and view worked examples of how they can be used.


The three webinar sessions are as follows:

Session 1 Topics:

  • Why analyse MBS and PBS data?
  • Different data cuts available
  • What information is captured in these datasets?
  • Which people are included in these datasets?
  • Common elements in MBS and PBS data

Session 2 Topics:

  • What can and cannot be measured using MBS and PBS data?
  • Peculiarities of the datasets
  • How to choose the right codes, people, and study periods

Session 3 Topics:

  • General advice for analysing MBS and PBS data
  • Analysing aggregate data
  • A case study for analysing individual-level data from multiple datasets
  • Question and answer time

Who should attend?

This introductory seminar will be of interest to researchers, policymakers and health service/program planning teams new to working with MBS and PBS data. The seminar is designed for those planning to use the Sax Instituteā€™s 45 and Up Study or similar for linked data research and those interested in driving policy and practice change.

Mode of delivery

This seminar is run entirely online, making it accessible to researchers, policymakers and health service/program planning teams across both rural and suburban Australia.

About the presenter

Dr Anna Kemp-Casey is a Research Fellow in the Medicines and Device Surveillance Centre for Research Excellence at the University of South Australia and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Centre for Health Services Research at The University of Western Australia.
Anna has a decade of experience using PBS and MBS data to examine health service use in vulnerable populations. Her other research activities include cost barriers to medicines use, analysis of policy impacts, pharmaco-vigilance and medicines safety, and health outcomes studies using linked state and Australian Government datasets.
Anna is a former member of the Drug Utilisation Subcommittee of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and a co-founder of Medicines Use Research Australia.

Session times

2019 Dates:

Webinar series 1:

SessionĀ  One – Tuesday 12 March: 3:00-5:00pm
Session Two – Tuesday 19 March: 3:00-5:00pm
Session Three – Tuesday 26 March: 3:00-5:00pm

Please note: session times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).


The cost to participate in the webinar series is $300 per person (including GST).


A maximum of 30 participants can register for each series.

Click here to read the Registration Terms and Conditions

This course will be offered again in 2019. To express interest, please contact Jillian Hutchinson on jillian.hutchinson@saxinstitute.org.au or on 02 9188 9595.