The VHIN is a network of researchers, analysts and other professionals who use health data to generate insights that support the health and wellness of all New Zealanders. The network facilitates sharing and collaboration amongst network members in order to enhance health research outputs and improve health service delivery and health outcomes in New Zealand (About VHIN).
The expansion of health data in the Statistics New Zealand’s IDI has provided the necessary infrastructure for researchers and analysts to access NZ health data more readily and, in addition, health data linked to social and economic data.
The Network is sponsored by the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge, Health Promotion Agency, University of Auckland, Massey University and University of Otago (Sponsors) and is led by an Executive comprising University, Māori, Ministry of Health, and Statistics New Zealand stakeholders (VHIN Executive).
To facilitate sharing and collaboration amongst network members in order to enhance health research outputs and improve health service delivery and health outcomes in New Zealand.
To create and sustain an environment that captures value from linking health data collections, through world leading health research, policy development and service planning.
The following Charter outlines the vision, goals, and structure of the VHIN, and expected deliverables. The operating principles in the Charter outline the advantages of VHIN membership, and expectations of members about their contributions to the network. These principles were established by the VHIN Executive Group following consultation with and feedback from current and prospective VHIN members.