New funding ensures SURE remains a “vital link”

Dr Martin McNamara, Head of Resarch Assets

The Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) will continue to form a critical part of Australia’s national data linkage infrastructure, enabling researchers to undertake research using linked datasets, after it was granted new funding for the upcoming year. SURE, a purpose-built remote-access data research laboratory for analysing routinely collected data, was established by the … Read more

SURE helps researchers fill knowledge gaps on aged care transitions

Researchers are using the Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) to shed light on factors that put older patients at risk of moving into residential aged care after they have sustained injuries that put them in hospital. And their results will help predict the future aged care services needs. Study Chief Investigator Associate Professor Rebecca … Read more

SURE opens door to novel immunisation data linkage study

A new linked data project using the Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) is providing the first comprehensive information on how Australia’s childhood vaccination programs are performing in terms of real-world health outcomes. By analysing linked health and birth data from two states and Australian Childhood Immunisation Research (ACIR) data for the first time, … Read more

SURE users satisfied, as platform opens way to new linked data research

SURE users were happy with the services they received

The Sax Institute’s Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) has received a stamp of approval from users, with a survey showing the vast majority are satisfied with the services provided by the SURE team, and many are using the platform to undertake research using linked datasets for the first time. SURE is a purpose-built remote-access data … Read more

Big data inquiry paves way for greater health data access and linkage

Health Data Linkage Group

Big data would become more accessible, with greater opportunities for data linkage in areas including health, under a package of reforms recommended by the Productivity Commission in the final report from its inquiry into data availability and use. The Productivity Commission report, released this week, recommends a suite of reforms aimed at improving data access and … Read more

A SURE way of removing geographical roadblocks to research success

The study will investigate cancer in farmers

Australia prides itself on having a rich farming culture, but our understanding of the health of people living on the land is something of a fallow field. Studying farmers’ health has long proved challenging for a variety of reasons. For researchers, particularly those in non-urban areas, these challenges have included restricted access to large linked datasets … Read more

Research platforms at the ready to respond to policy needs

Dr Martin McNamara, Head of Resarch Assets

Dr Martin McNamara is equally at home in the worlds of both research and policy. Recently appointed as the Sax Institute’s Head of Research Assets, Dr McNamara’s career has seen him develop extensive knowledge of the health sector working in all tiers of government, as well as in the research and the non-government sectors. He … Read more

Health sector experience key to testing benefits of data sharing

In this article, the Sax Institute’s Deputy CEO Robert Wells argues for increasing data sharing and access in the health sector, as a test case for how the government can share data more widely across its departments. We are swimming, some would say drowning, in data. It has even been speculated that data will one day … Read more

New expert teams formed to help map national research infrastructure future

The Sax Institute welcomes the Chief Scientist’s appointment of leading academics and researchers from around Australia to Expert Capability teams to support the development of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, announced that six capability teams had been formed to assist with identifying  Australian research infrastructure capability by assessing what … Read more