Linking data to improve health outcomes

Danielle Mazza, Lyle R Turner and Christopher Pearce
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00732
Published online: 21 July 2014

To the Editor: The editorial by Olver1 is a reminder of the usefulness of linking health datasets for research and evaluation. While data linkage is not a foreign concept to many health services researchers, such work with regard to Australian primary care is very limited. The recent review of Medicare Locals noted that the few linkages created “only occur in pockets and are often constrained by administrative, collaborative and/or legislative factors”.2 The public interest is not served by these barriers.

  • Danielle Mazza1
  • Lyle R Turner1
  • Christopher Pearce1,2

  • 1 General Practice, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

The Melbourne East Monash General Practice Database (MAGNET) research platform is a collaboration between Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local and Monash University. Danielle Mazza is Scientific Director of MAGNET, Christopher Pearce is Deputy Director and Lyle Turner is the biostatistician.


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