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Next SURE training session


The next Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) training session will be held on 28 February 2013 in Sydney. This workshop has been developed to provide information on data management, data security and legislative and ethical requirements to support researchers accessing and using SURE and conducting research on linked data files.

Overview of workshop: SURE is a remote-access computing environment developed by the Sax Institute that allows researchers to access and analyse linked data files for approved studies. SURE offers a number of benefits to researchers including new opportunities to collaborate and work with advanced computing facilities but a key part of the security model of SURE is to ensure the safe use of research data within the facility is education on legislative, ethics committees and data custodian requirements, information and computer security and principles of statistical disclosure control.

The workshop will cover:

  • an overview of data linkage research in Australia and the development of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN);
  • legal and ethical considerations for researchers when conducting linked data research;
  • key concepts in information security and risk management and the design of SURE; and
  • principles and methods of statistical disclosure control.

Presenters: Ms Jo Khoo, SURE Manager, Sax Institute and Dr Tim Churcher, SURE Epidemiologist and Technical Advisor, Sax Institute.

The workshop will run from 9.15am - 4.15pm. The venue is yet to be confirmed, but the session will be held within walking distance of Sydney Central Station.

Cost is $165 (GST inclusive). Registration for the event is essential and needs to be received by 21 February 2013. For further information, please contact Matt Wilson, ph 02 9514 5996, email

Please note that the Sax Institute are currently in a transition phase from delivering the SURE training face-to-face to delivering the training as an e-learning program so this is likely to be the last SURE training session until at least late April 2013.  Therefore we encourage all prospective SURE users to attend this upcoming face-to-face course to avoid missing out.

We pay respect to the Traditional Custodians and First Peoples of NSW, and acknowledge their continued connection to their country and culture.