Working with MBS and PBS data

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In this course, participants will gain:

  • An introduction to datasets
  • Advice on dealing with some of their specific characteristics
  • View worked examples of how datasets can be used.

Who should attend?

This course has been designed to meet the needs of researchers, policy makers and health service/program planners who have an interest in using the MBS and PBS data for linked data research, such as, via the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study or similar, to drive policy and practice change.

The course does not assume prior experience with MBS or PBS, but some knowledge of other routinely-collected health datasets (for example, hospital data) is desirable. This course will be useful for both ‘hands-on’ statistical data users as well as managers / planners who contribute to study design and interpret findings but do not use data directly.

Content

This course includes the following topics:

  • Why analyse MBS and PBS data and different data cuts available
  • What information is captured, and which people are included, in the datasets
  • Common elements in MBS and PBS data
  • What can and cannot be measured using MBS and PBS data
  • Peculiarities of the datasets
  • How to choose the right codes, people, and study periods
  • General advice for analysing MBS and PBS data, analysing aggregate data
  • A case study for analysing individual-level data from multiple datasets.

Sessions

Session 1 – Wednesday 24 July 2024, 9.30am-1.00pm

Why analyse MBS and PBS data; different data cuts available; what information is captured in these datasets; which people are included in these datasets; common elements in MBS and PBS data; what can and cannot be measured using MBS and PBS data.

Session 2 – Wednesday 31 July 2024, 9.30am-1.00pm

Peculiarities of the datasets; how to choose the right codes, people, and study periods; general advice for analysing MBS and PBS data, analysing aggregate data, a case study for analysing individual-level data from multiple datasets.

Workshop cost

Early bird price: $650 + GST + Humanitix fee. Available until 5pm, 30 June 2024

General admission: $735 + GST + Humanitix fee.