AIHW & ANZSOG conference March 2018 - Breaking Data Silos

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This conference is a must for anyone dealing with 'people centred data'.

The volume of data recorded about our lives is increasing exponentially yet we are not getting any closer to the holy grail of evidence-based policy.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) are co-hosting a conference to gain a broader understanding of these important issues by:

  • bringing together the public sector, university and non-government sectors to explore the issues around effective data sharing and more open use of data. Any data that has the potential to improve people’s lives – whether from government, the private sector, or the community – could be subject to expert scrutiny and lively discussion.
  • challenging the participants to think more broadly about the hidden value of data sets, and the possibilities of gathering behavioural insights from the data to get a fuller picture. They will be asked to consider how we can go beyond growing capability in data analytics and create a growing spirit of knowledge sharing and collaboration around data in the ‘public purpose’ sector.
  • focusing on public policy challenges and the potential to use data to solve large and small problems in service delivery, will be a unique opportunity.
  • hearing from a broad cross section of experts who are bringing practical examples in using data analytics, behavioural insights, and design thinking, as well as an overview of the strategic challenges.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Liz MacPherson, Chief Executive at Statistics New Zealand
  • Beth Noveck, Director of GovLab at New York University, and Former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer
  • Dr Liu Feng-Yuan, Director of Data Sciences Division, GovTech, Singapore
  • V. Darleen Opfer – Director, Education, RAND Corporation, USA
  • Professor Genevieve Bell, Australian National University; current ABC Boyer lecturer and former Vice-President at Intel Corporation
  • Kathy Leigh, Director-General, ACT Public Service
  • Peter Harris AO, Chairman, Productivity Commission
  • Professor Stephen Duckett, Director, Health Program, GRATTAN Institute


Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Ian Anderson, Deputy Secretary Indigenous Affairs, PM&C
  • Dr Tarun Weeramanthri, Assistant Director General, Public and Aboriginal Health, WA Health
  • Dr Evan Ackermann, Chair, RACGP Expert Committee-Quality Care
  • Ian Oppermann, Chief Data Scientist, NSW Data Analytics Centre
  • Randall Brugeaud, Deputy Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Dr Grant Sara, NSW Health
  • Dr Michael Fotheringham, Executive Director, AHURI
  • Professor John Lynch, Epidemiology and Public Health, Uni of Adelaide
  • Stephen Bartos, CEO, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
  • Professor Mark Western, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course
  • Professor Cate Taylor, ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course
  • Stephen Brobst, Chief Technology Officer, Teradata Corporation
  • Scott Thomson, Customer Solutions and Innovation Lead, Google
  • Plus more public sector experts and academics.

Packages available:

  • Full conference package (including dinner): $600 incl. GST
  • Day sessions option: $500 incl. GST

Further information about the conference can be found at:

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