Current news & events

Understanding current practice and systems for analysis of integrated data in the Stats NZ Data Lab – report

This report, by Peter Ellis, scopes the needs and opportunities for information and analytical layers in the IDI, whilst also outlining the current approaches to analysis in the IDI and observations on the analytical environment.

Introduction to Health Research in the IDI courses

The VHIN is offering a new workshop orientation to the StatsNZ IDI (Integrated Data Infrastructure). This one-day course aims to provide the base knowledge and contacts that IDI users will need to maximise the value of this resource for health research. The workshop will cover the major opportunities and issues around using the IDI for health research and include an expert user panel discussion and questions time. Topics include;

  • Orientation to the IDI
  • Research questions and methods for big data
  • Data sharing and useful resources
  • How to get started in the IDI
  • Social license, ethics, and kaitiakitanga
  • The IDI structure, the spine, estimating a population and linkage rates
  • Key information on ethnicity, address, income and health
  • Brief introduction to SQL/SAS/other coding and where to find resources
  • Panel examples of IDI research, followed by question and answer session

The workshop will be held in Wellington and Auckland in February 2018:

A complementary ‘Introduction to data ethics’ course will also be held in Wellington on the day before the VHIN introduction course, on Tuesday the 13th of Feb at the Public Health Summer School. For people interested or involved in data research, the ethics course will provide the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of ethical, cultural and social licence challenges.

Early bird registration for all courses close on the 18th of December.

Public Health Expert Blog

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