Draft Output Review

All outputs resulting from the analysis of linked data must be submitted to Client Services for review. This includes all outputs regardless of format, e.g., conference abstracts, posters, presentations, manuscripts and student theses. Please allow two weeks (10 business days) for this review, or possibly longer if the output is very long (e.g., a student thesis).

The review focuses on whether the output complies with the aims that have been approved by the Department of Health Human Research Ethics Committee, the impact on privacy and risk of reidentification of the data (including checking the suppression of low cell counts), terminology and descriptions about the data collections and linkage methods underpinning the method and results of the output, and appropriate acknowledgements of Data Collections and Department of Health.

To submit a draft output for review, please complete the Draft Output Review Checklist (Word Doc, 285 KB) and email it with the draft output to ISPD Client Services.

To learn more about why outputs reviews are so important, we recommend the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2023 published by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

For more information on research publications, including how to acknowledge the WA Department of Health, Data Linkage Services and Data Custodians, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.


We have recently updated all application forms, including the Application for Data Form, Data Management Plan, data services forms, variable lists, and the Draft Output Review Checklist.

We advise applicants to download forms from the Data Linkage Services website for every new application. We also strongly recommend removing previously downloaded versions of application forms and variable lists from your desktop to avoid accidentally using an outdated form.

If you aren’t sure which application forms to use for your data request, or have a question about the data application process, please contact us to speak with a Request Coordinator.