About Us

Data for Decisions, incorporating the Patron program of research, is a University of Melbourne research initiative being undertaken through the University’s Department of General Practice.

Data for Decisions, incorporating the Patron program of research, is a University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice research initiative in partnership with general practices in Australia. It is an exciting undertaking that makes possible primary care research projects to increase knowledge and improve healthcare practices and policy. The partnership aims to bring benefit to general practices as well as the wider community.

Explore the 'Communities & Data Use' tab for more information for GPs and Practice Managers, Researchers, and Consumers.

See here for submission deadlines for Data Access Applications for review at a quarterly Patron Data Governance Committee meeting.


See our open access article - Gathering Data for Decisions - in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Rachel Canaway, Douglas IR Boyle, Jo‐Anne E Manski‐Nankervis, Jessica Bell, Jane S Hocking, Ken Clarke, Malcolm Clark, Jane M Gunn and Jon D EmeryMed J Aust 2019; 210 (6): S12-S16. || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50026

Data for Decisions 3 minute promotional video

To be fully informed, listen to the full discussion about Data for Decisions (filmed April 2018):

Listen to the full audio (43 minutes)

Data for Decisions 15 minute information video