Identifying people from refugee backgrounds (including asylum seekers) in data sets in Victoria is vital to understanding health outcomes and service usage patterns of these individuals and communities. Identification also enables services providers, planners and funders to measure the impact of service changes on this sub-group.
Over the last decade significant work has been conducted in a number of areas relevant to identification of people from refugee backgrounds in Victorian state-wide data sets:
- looking at the best data items to identify people from refugee backgrounds in data sets,
- identification of relevant data item in routinely collected state-wide data bases,
- extracting data, aggregating data, and analysing data to understand health outcomes and service usage patterns of refugee and asylum seekers, and
- identifying improvements in data systems to assist with surveillance of issues.