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VHIN Introduction to health research in the IDI

VHIN He kuhunga ki te rangahau hauora i roto i te IDI

Date: 20 November 2018, 9am-5pm
Venue: Arana College, 110 Clyde St, Dunedin
Course costs: $400 early bird, $500 after 20 September 2018. A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

Are you considering using the IDI but aren’t sure where to begin? Are you interested in learning more about how the IDI can be used for health research?

This course will provide an orientation to the IDI and discuss some of the opportunities and major issues around its use for health research. The course is taught by two experienced IDI users and there will be ample time for discussion, questions, and networking with other course participants.

The value of routine data and its potential usefulness to research has never been greater. The Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) leads the way internationally in this area. The IDI comprises anonymised microdata about people and households from a range of government agencies, surveys, the 2013 Census, and non-government organisations. The number of health research projects in the IDI is rapidly expanding. While the IDI can be a fantastic resource for health research, successful IDI research requires a background of knowledge and contacts that is often not available to new users. 

This course will provide a base for IDI users to build this knowledge and contacts. We will introduce the IDI, provide practical tips, and share learnings from IDI projects, such as the Virtual Health Information Network (VHIN) catalyst projects, Healthier Lives and Better Start National Science Challenges, and a selection of other health research.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. 

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Topics covered

  • Overview of the IDI
  • Research questions and methods for big data
  • Data sharing and useful resources
  • How to get started in the IDI
  • Social license, ethics, and kaitiakitanga
  • The IDI structure, the spine, estimating a population and linkage rates
  • Key information on ethnicity, address, income and health
  • Brief introduction to SQL/SAS/other coding and where to find resources
  • Examples of IDI research
  • Panel question and answer session

Who should attend?

The course will be of interest to a wide range of researchers and analysts in government agencies or the health sector, academics, policy makers, health professionals and Masters and Doctoral Students. It will suit new IDI users, those who are already using the IDI but would like to increase their knowledge and meet other users, those who are considering using the IDI, and managers, supervisors and others who would like to understand more about IDI research. The course is presented from a health perspective but will be relevant to other sectors as well.

Teaching staff

  • Dr Sheree Gibb has a background in longitudinal social and health research. She has extensive experience with the IDI and has worked at universities and Statistics New Zealand.
  • Dr Andrea Teng is a Senior Research Fellow and Public Health Physician. She leads the Capitalising on Health Data project in the National Science Challenge Healthier Lives, using the IDI for non-communicable disease research. Andrea also leads the Core Infrastructure for the Virtual Health Information Network, contributing to a network of IDI users with the aim of improving research quality in the IDI.

Recommended text

See resources available on the VHIN website
See Statistics New Zealand IDI webpage

This is a Virtual Health Information Network (VHIN) course sponsored by the Better Start and Healthier Lives National Science Challenges and the National Centre for Lifecourse Research.