Wednesday 26 February 2020
A Virtual Health Information Network (VHIN) course sponsored by the Better Start and Healthier Lives National Science Challenges
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 overview of 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 Stats New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) leads the way internationally in this area. The IDI contains 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. The IDI can be a fantastic resource for health research, but successful IDI research requires a background of knowledge and contacts that is often not available to new users. This course aims to provide a base for IDI users to build this knowledge and contacts.
This course will introduce the IDI, provide practical tips about using the IDI, 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. Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions of the course convenors and a panel of established IDI users.
Dr Sheree Gibb and Dr Andrea Teng are co-convening the course.
- Overview of the IDI
- How to get started in the IDI
- The IDI structure, the spine, estimating a population and linkage rates
- Role of the researcher and useful resources
- Social license, ethics, and kaitiakitanga
- Key information on ethnicity, address, income and health
- Examples of IDI research
- Panel question and answer session
This course will comprise of multiple short presentations, practical examples and opportunities for discussion.
The course is aimed at novice IDI users. It will be of interest to 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 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.
|9:00am||1. Introduction ||Sheree Gibb|
|11:00am||2. Research practicalities ||Andrea Teng|
| ||Andrew Sporle |
University of Auckland
|1:30pm||3. IDI in context ||StatsNZ|
| ||Andrea Teng|
|3:30pm||4. Examples of IDI health research ||Speakers TBC|
- 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.
$300 early bird, $400 after 19 December 2019.
A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.
A limited number of Māori and Pacific scholarships are available for this course. Please apply via the registration page. Please contact the convenors for further information.