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This blog describes some of the opportunities and challenges in the new data environment in New Zealand, focusing on how the VHIN can contribute to stronger health research and benefit the health of New Zealanders – Open data, transparency and power – role of the Virtual Health Information Network


Past news & events

AEA Integrated Data Infrastructure Symposium: How IDI can help address epidemiological questions

The symposium will be held on the 16th August, 9.30am-3.30pm at the School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland.

The seminar will showcase a range of projects using the IDI to answer epidemiological questions on a range of topics including: cardiovascular disease, premature birth, injuries etc.

The presentations will focus on the advantages and challenges of using the IDI, data sources used, and outcomes explored. In addition, there will also be other informative presentations on generic topics such as social licence and the IDI, the Māori capability of the IDI.

For more information and to register please visit the symposiums website.

New Virtual Diabetes Register (VDR) December 2016 released and published

In May 2017, the new Virtual Diabetes Register (VDR) December 2016 was released and published on the Ministry of Health’s website. Improvements to the algorithm were made in early 2017 to create the latest version of the VDR. From now on the new numbers published on the Ministry’s website should be used, or updated numbers or datasets requested from

2017 COMPASS Research Colloquium

The 2017 COMPASS Research Colloquium will be held on Thursday 10th August 2017 from 10.00 am to 2.45 pm.

Venue: Grant Thornton, Level 13, 215 Lambton Quay, WELLINGTON.

Please feel free to pass this on to any colleagues you feel may wish to attend. Attendance is free, but spaces are limited, so please register your interest soon.

Please RSVP to for catering purposes, advising which session(s) you will attend and whether you require morning tea, lunch, or both, including any dietary requirements.

COMPASS Colloquium 2017 Programme

Public Health SeminarEarthquakes, heart disease, cancer and diabetes: an update on Healthier Lives research using Stats NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure
University of Otago Wellington, Small Lecture Theatre, Level D, 23a Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington
Friday 21 April 2017, 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm

Stats NZ IDI Forum – Virtual Health Information Network, Social Investment Unit and Stats NZ
University of Otago Wellington, Small Lecture Theatre, Level D, 23a Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington
Wednesday 26 April 2017, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Please register by emailing your name and organisation to by Friday 21st April.
To be notified about upcoming forums, sign up for the IDI users mail group by emailing