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

New Data Ethics course offered in 2019 Public Health Summer School:

Ethics of public and patient involvement in research: Governance, democracy and social justice

Friday 15 February 2019, University of Otago, Wellington

This course is being run as part of the University of Otago, Public Health Summer School 2019. It builds on the popular Introduction to Data Ethics held as part of the 2018 PHSS.

It provides a critical overview of current debates and ethical challenges regarding patient and public involvement in research (PPI), specifically in relation to biobanks and the sharing, linking and/or re-use of health-related information and data (both quantitative and qualitative).

Click here for more information and to register.

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?

Registration is now open for the following IDI courses:

See more details about our courses.

STATS NZ Population Explorer user guide

The Population Explorer is being developed by Stats NZ as part of the Integrated Data Infrastructure 2 project. They have produced this user guide for their Population Explorer tables that are available within the IDI. Click here to view.


11 February – 1 March, University of Otago, Wellington

The Public Health Summer School offers practical 1–4 day courses to anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills. There are 30 courses to choose from including 16 new courses.  Courses vary from small group computer lab classes to interactive workshops and multi-speaker symposiums. Click here for more information on the courses on offer and to register.