The University of Sydney Health Data Linkage Special Interest Group


Record linkage allows researchers to study routinely collected data and develop a complete picture of a population and construct health events for individuals. This information is vital for planning and improving health services, for targeting new research, for assessing the effectiveness of interventions and treatments, and monitoring disease trends.

Aims and objectives

The University of Sydney Health Data Linkage Special Interest Group (HDLSIG) aims to:

  • facilitate communication between people who have an interest in using record linkage in their research;
  • create a forum to enhance focussed discussion relating to heath record linkage;
  • promote collaboration between researchers and clinicians in disciplines undertaking record linkage;
  • expand your knowledge of relevant methodologies; and
  • encourage discussion of new and exciting research in this area.

A comprehensive understanding of record linkage and opportunities within the University of Sydney requires active interactions between researchers from different disciplines.

Join the group

The SIG is chaired by Dr Samantha Lain. Membership is open to all staff of the University of Sydney, its teaching hospitals and affiliated research institutes.

If you are interested in participating, please send the following information to the Cancer Research Office by :

  • Name:
  • Contact telephone number:
  • Email:
  • Department:
  • Up to 5 keywords (describing your health data linkage interests and technical expertise):