News & Events

09 October 2018

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Primary Care Data for Health Care Improvement and Research


Research Survey for Primary Care Data Custodians and Data Users

The MACH is excited to announced an upcoming  Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) workshop entitled "Primary Care Data for Health Care Improvement and Research: Approaches to Data Quality Assurance in Australia," to be held on the 26th of November in Sydney.

In this interactive workshop, AHRA research led by the MACH shall report on:

  • Primary care datasets available in Australia

  • Quality frameworks currently utilised to assess primary care datasets

  • Enablers and barriers to maximising the effectiveness of strategies to build benefits and capacity of general practice data

We will then present work undertaken on advancing the science of quality assurance frameworks and initial pilot work and investigations in this area. The findings shall be used to workshop and inform future AHRA strategy. 

We would also like to invite primary care data custodians and data users to participate in a related national survey on data usage. The purpose of this research is to map the existence of Australian primary care data sets (with a focus on general practice), identify data linkage tools and data quality frameworks. Findings will help identify strategies to maximise the effectiveness of secondary use of primary care data.

The survey should take 5-10 minutes, depending on the detail of your answers.


The survey can be accessed here.

Both the event and survey above are related to the formation of the MACH's new Health Services and Data Research Network, which will play a key role in bringing together research across MACH partners. The work of the network will be overseen by a steering committee, with Professor David Story and Professor Harriet Hiscock co-chairing this group. This steering committee has met on one occasion with further information becoming available on the MACH website shortly.

For more information on this event or to RSVP please contact MACH Project Officer Jodie Wall at or (03) 8344 5127


MACH is an NHMRC recognised Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre.

The mission of MACH is to improve health and wellbeing by integrating medical research, education and clinical care.


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