Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit

The Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit (TDLU) was established in 2010 along with other data linkage units across Australia with funding from the Australian Government, to support nationally and internationally significant population-based research that will improve health and health-related well-being as well as enhancing the delivery of health and community care services in Tasmania and the rest of Australia.

The TDLU creates links between data relating to individuals in Tasmania across multiple administrative and clinical datasets from various sectors including health, education and welfare. This linkage enables the provision of de-identified data files for research, planning and evaluation of health and related services, and policy development in these fields.

The TDLU is operated by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research under a contractual arrangement between the Department of Health & Human Services Tasmania (DHHS) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

The TDLU is a node of the nationally funded Population Health Research Network (PHRN). The PHRN was established to build a nationwide data linkage infrastructure capable of securely and safely managing health and other information from around Australia. This network of data linkage units now operate in every Australian state and territory and has greatly improved the way linkable health and related data is made available for approved research purposes. A video explaining who the PHRN is and what they do can be viewed here.