MACH leads the national Transformational Data Collaboration on behalf of the Australian Health Research Alliance (AHRA) to directly address the ‘integration of large data sets across the care continuum’ priority area. Australia has fragmented data holdings across all clinical domains, extending to terminologies, data models, and the quality assurance mechanisms employed. This collaboration will uplift the use of clinical data for research across Australia and engage national partners to support a consistent strategy in advancing Health Data Science.
Nearly half of all Australians have at least one chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and chronic kidney disease, and most of these people will attend general practice. Early diagnosis and management is critical to ensure optimal health outcomes and technology has the capacity to facilitate this.