26 Jul
27 Sep

HeSANDA Expansion Project Workshops (Health Cohort Research)

We're expanding our Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA) program. Join our 3 consultation workshops for anyone affiliated with Australian cohort research or other research communities.
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About the Event

The ARDC initiated the Health Studies Australian National Data Asset (HeSANDA) program in 2020 to build national infrastructure to:

  • support the sharing of health research data for secondary research purposes
  • bring value to the research community
  • increase the efficiency of research
  • provide benefits for the health of Australia’s population.

The first stage of HeSANDA (2020–2023) focused on the sharing and reuse of data from publicly-funded clinical trials research conducted in the academic sector. The ARDC invested $3.5 million into the clinical trials research community, which has co-designed a nationally federated research data infrastructure. In collaboration with 72 organisations, the ARDC has developed a national data catalogue and data request platform so that clinical trialists can make their data discoverable and requestable in accordance with a national framework they designed together.

The ARDC is now expanding its investment into health data infrastructure (the People Research Data Commons) to support a broader range of health research areas and data types, and a broader infrastructure offering including secure data access, data integration, and advanced analytics.

The priority of the HeSANDA expansion project is to evaluate the feasibility of applying the HeSANDA infrastructure model for data discovery and requests in other health research areas.

The ARDC now invites participation in a series of consultation workshops to anyone affiliated with Australian cohort research or other research communities.

The Workshops

Commencing July 2023, we are requesting 90 minutes of your time on 3 occasions to attend interactive online workshops. Each month (July, August and September) the workshop will address different topics with a structured agenda and key questions:

Each workshop will be supported by background documentation and moderated breakout sessions with Q and A components.

Repeat workshops each month may be organised subject to demand. Interested parties who are unable to attend the workshops may be allowed to contribute to the consultations by providing written submissions and feedback via email. All interested parties should register for this event regardless of whether they can attend the workshops.


  • Dr Kristan Kang, Program Manager, HeSANDA, ARDC
  • Ms Tamara Hooper, Project Coordinator, HeSANDA, ARDC


The sessions will be recorded. The recordings will be provided to all registrants and published online.

Do you have questions about this event? Email [email protected].