The Virtual Health Information Network (VHIN) assists researchers to do high quality health research using Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and other administrative health data.

A deeper understanding of the IDI and increased awareness of data quality issues can be gained via online guides, discussions on the VHIN Facebook page, analytical code from VHIN research projects and our shared code repository, explanatory material from meetings and presentations about current IDI research, and courses.

News & Events

Public Health Summer School 2019

The Public Health Summer School offers practical 1–4 day courses to anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills. It has been providing this training for over 20 years and has grown to become the largest and longest running summer school of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. There is a wide range of courses on offer from 11 February – 1 March, at the Wellington campus of the University of Otago. Register here.

4th Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Symposium

Are you interested in the safety and utilisation of medicines and medical devices?  If so, you might like to attend a one-day symposium which is being hosted by the Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network, and sponsored by PHARMAC and Medsafe. The symposium is being held in Dunedin on 21 November, register here.

Upcoming IDI courses
VHIN Introduction to health research in the IDI
VHIN He kuhunga ki te rangahau hauora i roto i te IDI
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?

Our IDI courses are returning – we have 20 November 2018, 9am–5pm at Arana College, 110 Clyde St, Dunedin; 26 November 2018, 9am–4:30pm at Kelburn Campus, Victoria University of Wellington; and 25 February 2019, 9am–4:30pm at City Campus, the University of Auckland.

Registrations for our Dunedin course are now open! Māori and Pacific scholarships are available – apply for them when you register.

See more details about our courses.

Using big data to tackle inequalities in society
COMPASS Research Centre hosted this day of presentations on the uses of big data, both locally in the IDI, and internationally, with three visiting speakers. All presentation slides and accompanying audio are now available for download.

What is the future of social science data?
COMPASS Research Centre, the Public Policy Institute, and the Department of Statistics of the University of Auckland, along with the New Zealand Association of Economists, hosted Professor Julia Lane of New York University, and this was a public lecture she gave on 20 June 2018. The lecture and a radio interview from the same day are now available for download.

Māori & European differences in mortality and socioeconomic position and smoking – Professor Tony Blakely, University of Otago
Here’s a great talk from Professor Tony Blakely, University of Otago. In the first half Tony describes his research on Māori & European differences in mortality. In the second half (26:10 onwards) Tony discusses whether New Zealand’s analytical capacity and computing facilities are adequate to capitalise on the rich data opportunities we have.

VHIN related research: Constructing whole of population cohorts using the IDI
An article about constructing population cohorts in the IDI, written by some VHIN members, has recently been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Read the full article.