Data Integration Partnership Australia (DIPA)

Page last updated: 19 December 2018


Data held by Health is a valuable national asset. The use, re-use and sharing of Health data can help us explore the health journeys of Australian citizens. This helps researchers and policy makers to provide better health and wellbeing for all Australians, now and for future generations.

New insights regarding important and complex policy questions can be discovered through data integration and analysis. Health is committed to unlocking the value of health data and better leveraging our infrastructure investments through collaboration across government.

Connected Health Data (CHD) Program

Health, through the DIPA initiative, has established the Connected Health Data (CHD) Program to:
  • Build a safe and secure platform for managing data access through Health’s existing Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW)
  • Expand and enhance health and aged care data to unlock the value of this information
  • Make health and aged care data assets available more widely within government for policy development, program evaluation and research


Health is partnering with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Data sets will be added to Health’s EDW with trusted users able to access the data within a secure environment.

Case Studies

Identifying Adverse Events Associated with Medicines

Through the Data Integration Partnership for Australia (DIPA), the Social, Health and Welfare Analytical Unit supported Health to run a pilot project. This analysed Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data to identify adverse events associated with medicines.

The pilot analysed 684 medicines looking for an association with heart failure as an adverse event. One hundred and twenty-two medicines already known to be associated with heart failure as an adverse event were successfully identified. Five new medicines were shown to be potentially associated with heart failure.

The following link provides a
flyer outlining this work (PDF 607 KB)

National Integrated Health Services Information (NIHSI) Analysis Asset (AA)

Health is working with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and state and territory health authorities to add National Integrated Health Services Information (NIHSI) Analysis Asset (AA) data to Health’s Enterprise Data Warehouse. It can be used to derive insights into a wide variety of situations ranging from healthcare in the home and management of chronic disease to the use of opioids.

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