Spatial analysis of a linked environmental, health and social data base [ 2004-01-19 - 2007-06-30 ]

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Researchers: Dr John Beard (Chief Investigator) ,  Dr Brett Bryan (Chief Investigator) ,  Dr Geoff Morgan (Partner Investigator) ,  Mr David Muscatello (Partner Investigator) ,  Ms Sharon Tuffin (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Spatial analysis of a linked environmental, health and social data base. Extensive environmental, health and socio-demographic data are routinely collected by various agencies throughout Australia. To date, it has been difficult to link separate databases and investigate possible associations between the different parameters within them. In this proposal we plan to link routinely collected health, environment and socio-demographic data from a number of databases. We then plan to develop tools for geo-referencing the data. Finally we plan to perform spatial analysis of the linked data, specifically investigating associations between environmental and social factors and childhood leukaemia, deliberate self harm and adverse birth outcomes. Linking separate databases and performing spatial analysis of georeferenced data will substantially improve the quality of public health surveillance and research in NSW. In addition, it will enable more detailed analysis of the effects of environmental exposures on health, using routine data.

Funding Amount $225,000

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