1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Sep 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/09/2010   
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Client Liaison
Summary of Events

Data Linkage Dialogue

Data linkage is a process of combining information from two or more data sources based on information common to both datasets to produce new outputs.

A one day interactive symposium was held on Wednesday 14 July 2010 at the University of Western Australia and covered data linkage models, the risks and benefits of linking health data, and legal and bioethical issues. It included a facilitated discussion on future directions for health data linkage in Australia.

A range of speakers presented at the dialogue and then participated in a panel for the open discussion.

The symposium was co-sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, The Population Health Research Network and ScienceNetwork WA.

Hayley Priestley and David Satterthwaite  Dr Merran Smith (PHRN) and Susan Takao (IAS)


The Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) held their annual Convention and Trade Exhibition on 5, 6 and 7 August 2010.

The conference operates to address and discuss areas of common interest and shared experience in Local Government in WA.

Staff from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Client Services Branch and the Census Management group operated a multi media stand. They used the opportunity to highlight the importance that small area data plays in the operation and management of Local Governments.

The ABS stand was a great success and had many people visiting it. Local government representatives took the opportunity to discuss with ABS staff the upcoming Census in 2011.
Susan Kluth, Michael Abbondante and Caley Forrest (ABS)  CPI Review

Training and Development

Client Liaison staff were out and about last quarter, providing training and giving presentations to clients interested in ABS Statistics.

In conjunction with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), Tracey Rowley presented a short course on understanding statistics to new graduates as part of the IPAA WA Professional Development Program.

Nellie Gaynor visited the Small Business Development Association as part of their BizBites program to demonstrate how to navigate the ABS website to help find relevant data for small business.

Greg Hilton hosted a video conference for clients interested in the recently released National Accounts.

Broome, WA Bridgetown, WA