Data Stewardship and Custodianship Policy
In the course of its operations, WA Health collects, stores, uses and discloses a large volume of data. The data is an important resource used for the clinical care of patients, for funding, management, planning, monitoring, improvement, research and evaluation of health and health services in the state.
The State of WA is the owner of all data collected by and within WA Health. The responsibility for its security, management and (legitimate) disclosure are delegated to the Director General of the Department of Health (DG). Through the various instruments of delegation, the DG delegates a number of these responsibilities to senior officers to administer and/or manage.
Data Stewards have delegated responsibility for setting the overall strategic direction of data collections to ensure the collection is developed, maintained and utilised in accordance with the strategic goals of WA Health. Data Stewards are also responsible for authorising the access, use and disclosure of data from data collections for clearly defined purposes that comply with WA Health’s statutory obligations.
Data Custodians have delegated responsibility for the ongoing development, data collection maintenance and review of data collections. They are responsible for the quality of the data, its security, timeliness and adherence to standards. Data Custodians are nominated and endorsed by the Data Stewards.This policy documents the appointment of Data Stewards and Data Custodians and their associated roles and responsibilities.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA