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Webinar series: 14, 21, 28 August 2020.

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.

Held over three weekly sessions participants will gain:

  • An introduction to datasets
  • Advice on dealing with some of their specific characteristics
  • View worked examples of how datasets can be used.

Who should attend?

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


  • Session 1: 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: 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: 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

About the presenter

Image of Dr Anna Kemp-Casey. She is wearing black and is standing in front of a blue wall at the Sax Institute.
Dr Anna Kemp-Casey

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 Commonwealth 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.

Event details

Session one: Friday 14 August: 10:00am-12:00pm

Session two: Friday 21 August: 10:00am-12:00pm

Session three: Friday 28 August: 10:00am-12:00pm

Please note session times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Cost: $300 per person (including GST) | $225 per person (including GST) for full time students and not-for-profit employees. Please enter the promo code: StudentNFP at the Eventbrite ticket checkout to receive the discount.

Venue: This workshop will be held online using Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided to participants 24 hours prior to the commencement of each session.

Registration: Fully subscribed.

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For more information please contact Jillian Hutchinson.

E: T: 02 9188 9595