VHIN Introduction to health research in the IDI

VHIN He whakatakinga ki te rangahau hauora 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?


These courses provide an orientation to the IDI and discuss some of the opportunities and major issues around its use for health research. They are taught by experienced IDI users, and there will be ample time for discussion, questions, and networking with other course participants.

The value of routine data and its potential usefulness to research has never been greater. The Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) leads the way internationally in this area. The IDI comprises anonymised microdata about people and households from a range of government agencies, surveys, the 2013 Census, and non-government organisations. The number of health research projects in the IDI is rapidly expanding. The IDI can be a fantastic resource for health research, but successful IDI research requires a background of knowledge and contacts that is often not available to new users. These courses provide a base for IDI users to build knowledge and contacts.

Courses introduce the IDI, provide practical tips about using it, and share learnings from IDI projects such as the VHIN catalyst projects, the Better Start and Healthier Lives National Science Challenges, and a selection of other health research. Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions of the course convenors and established IDI users.

These are VHIN courses, sponsored by the Better Start and Healthier Lives National Science Challenges and the National Centre for Lifecourse Research.

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