Data for Decisions - are you prepared for accreditation?

Here are the links and contacts you need to ensure your practice is accreditation ready.

Data for Decisions, incorporating the Patron program of research, is a University of Melbourne research initiative that is managed by the Department of General Practice and Primary Care. With the permission of general practices and other primary care providers, we collate data from de-identified medical records and use this information for research to increase knowledge, quality improvement and improve healthcare practices.

The Data for Decisions website has a variety of documents available for practices to let their patients know they are participating in this program, and to allow patients to have their data excluded if they wish.

It is important that practices display this information in a prominent location for their patients to review.  The two most important documents are the Waiting Room Poster and the Patient Information Statement.

If you are preparing for accreditation, looking for copies of your Data for Decisions agreement and/or ethics approvals, or need any assistance at all, contact patron-support@unimelb.edu.au.

The Patron data repository is being used for many projects by the VCCC Alliance and a recent presentation given by four of their researchers shows the value of the Patron data set.

You can watch this presentation here.

Patron Application Dates

If you are considering submitting a Patron application, please review the information on the D4D website for Researchers found here, and contact the Patron Administrator (patron-support@unimelb.edu.au) if you have any questions.

2024 applications to access Patron data must be received by:

  • Friday 23 February 2024 for review by the independent Data Governance Committee in March 2024
  • Friday 26 April 2024 for review by the independent Data Governance Committee in May 2024
  • Friday 28 June 2024 for review by the independent Data Governance Committee in July 2024
  • Friday 23 August 2024 for review by the independent Data Governance Committee in September 2024
  • Friday 25 October 2024 for review by the independent Data Governance Committee in November 2024