Identifying disability in Australian data sets for service use and outcomes reporting

Dr Zoe Aitken, Professor Anne Kavanagh, Dr George Disney (Disability and Health Unit, CHE), Professor Rebecca Bentley (Healthy Housing Unit, CHP), Dr Nicola Fortune (Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney) and Professor Andrew Beer (University of South Australia) were awarded a tender from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, titled Identification of people with disability in linked administrative data for service use and outcomes reporting.

Led by Zoe Aitken, this project was funded as part of one of five National Disability Data Asset (NDDA) test cases, which will provide evidence of the potential for an enduring disability data asset that could be used for monitoring, evaluation and research by government and approved independent researchers.

The aim of this project is to test the capacity to create a comprehensive indicator of people with disability within the NDDA by linking information from existing administrative data collections.

The project builds on the Disability and Health Unit’s outstanding reputation in disability research.

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