The Menzies Foundation hosted a workshop on 16 August 2013 to discuss ways that publicly-funded data can be made more available for public-benefit research. This workshop was attended by public figures and community representatives, senior public servants, members of parliament, researchers and media.
Themes of the workshop
Publicly-funded data, held in trust by government agencies, should be made more readily available for public-benefit research
- Public benefit research will improve the knowledge-base, as well as the effectiveness, productivity and accountability of health and other agencies of government, without harm to privacy.
- With public support, this will require
– A modest investment of new resources
– An enabling response from government agencies
– A streamlining of approval processes
- Government is already responding (eg APS Big Data Strategy)
- Today's workshop will review evidence of public support for data use, and explain how health can benefit from the modest changes summarised in background documents and in later presentations.