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Access to documentation and Guidelines to support coders

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Information for researchers and death investigators about how to apply for direct access to the NCIS

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Information about how to request data from the NCIS

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Research publications produced by the NCIS about a particular aspect of mortality.

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Access to training modules to assist in searching the NCIS

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Explanatory Notes on the collection, organisation, quality assurance, limitations, terminology and definitions of data contained on the NCIS.

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Royal Life Saving have worked with the NCIS for a number of years. This is an extremely valuable tool for us in triangulating and confirming drowning data to inform our research. Our National Fatal Drowning Database is very comprehensive and considered one of the best in the world, and it is because we can get accurate and in-depth information that is used to underpin evidence-based research that then informs policy, practice and advocacy for drowning prevention in Australia.

The NCIS staff have always been very helpful and supportive with data queries and training assistance. I would like to acknowledge the Quality Specialist and Access Officer in particular, who provide significant support during our annual drowning report case confirmation, we very much appreciate this assistance and they are testament to the service that the NCIS team provides.

Stacey Pidgeon, National Manager – Research and Policy, Royal Life Saving Society – Australia

I have worked with the NCIS data and staff involving a number of projects related to epilepsy-related mortality.  The staff, mechanism and platform has been seamless and has resulted in a richer understanding of the circumstances and pathology leading to invaluable insights around patient mortality.

Wendyl D'Souza, Assoc Professor of Neuroepidemiology & Health Services Research, Head of Epilepsy,Department of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, The University of Melbourne

While completing multi-agency national research into Suicide in Road Transport (SiRT), we relied upon the National Coronial Information System for the delivery of sensitive information for data sources to complement our research. The team at NCIS were always very efficient, professional and timely in responding to our numerous requests, and always assisted us in navigating the data streams. Having a one-stop service to navigate the various jurisdictions was extremely beneficial and the reports received were a very valuable resource.

Chris L'Ecluse, National Road Safety Partnership Program

The NCIS provides a professional and practical resource that is invaluable in providing clear, high quality data that can assist with preventing future deaths. It allows us to compare ourselves with other jurisdictions. This can be helpful in identifying variations and focussing our policy and prevention efforts.

Penny Tolhurst, Principal Policy Adviser, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services

Prior to the establishment of the NCIS, coroners had to rely on memory or word of mouth to find previous cases that might be relevant to deaths currently being investigated. The NCIS has proven to be a valuable resource for the Queensland State Coroner and other Queensland Coroners. The NCIS is able to identify similar Queensland and Australian cases for review which may assist coroners to make effective, evidence based recommendations.

Leanne Field, Coordinator, Information Release Team, Office of the State Coroner, Queensland

The NCIS website has been a key foundational resource for our investigations of sudden deaths in the young. The database is comprehensive, easily accessible, and provides important information for our research endeavours.

Professor Christopher Semsarian, Head, Molecular Cardiology Program, Centenary Institute

The NCIS system provides the ABS with a single point of access for coding coroner certified deaths across the State and Territory jurisdictions. It has proven to be an invaluable aid with regard to mortality coding undertaken by the ABS, saving significant time and staff resources.

Enhancements to the quality and availability of information on the NCIS have led to improved accuracy and timeliness of cause of death coding over recent years. This has been especially important in providing high quality information on accidental deaths, and deaths from intentional self-harm, both critical areas for policy and research.

James Eynstone-Hinkins, Director, Social and Demographic Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Thanks for the fantastic service you all provide. We’re getting a lot of use out of this data, and hopefully it will lead to preventing some of these tragic and unnecessary deaths.

Dr Malcolm Dobbin, Senior Medical Advisor, Drugs Policy and Services, Victorian Department of Human Services

In January 2003, the Office of Fair Trading in NSW imposed on the window furnishing industry a regulation to prevent children strangling themselves in looped operating cords.

The industry had no knowledge of any such tragedies and as such was unaware of the background to these incidents.

Using information from the NCIS, I was able to tell the principals of some of the largest blind manufacturers in Australia that children had in fact died, and was able to relate the circumstances of some of the cases in such a way that we could all be motivated to do our best to minimise risks in the future.

It has made our job of selling the need for a safety first approach to blind loops to our members, and they in turn to their staff and customers, much easier.

Peter Schweinsberg, Safety Officer, Blind Makers Association of Australia

The National Coronial Information System is the most innovative and comprehensive initiative anywhere in the world to make use of Coroners’ information, and should underpin all major research initiatives into fatal injury in Australia.

Prof Tim Driscoll, Epidemiology and Occupational Medicine, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Just brilliant! Thank you so much for taking the time to do that [search on deaths involving logging incidents] for me…..absolutely invaluable! It’s great to see the worth of your wonderful program in action. Well done!

Jacqueline Milledge, Former Senior Deputy State Coroner, New South Wales

Currently the NSW Department of Health relies on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics for information on the number of deaths and their causes. The National Coronial Information System has the potential to provide richer and more timely information than is currently available, and will improve the Department’s ability to monitor the occurrence of unnatural deaths, implement programs targeting relevant risk factors and evaluate prevention programs.

Lee Taylor, Manager, Surveillance Methods Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, NSW Health Department

NCIS is unique and Australia is the envy of every country where I have presented injury data and research in recent years, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, The Netherlands, New Zealand and other Asian Pacific countries.

Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith, Head of Prevention Research, Monash University

I am writing to let you know that we are finding the information from the NCIS to be very useful. We are able to study the topic of interest (alcohol and water safety) in ways that go beyond what we could do with any other practicable source. We have been able to undertake this part of our project quickly (i.e. within a few weeks), once we obtained access to the relevant set of NCIS records.

Professor James Harrison, Research Centre for Injury Studies, Flinders University

NCIS reports are a useful tool for Coroners, and those of us who work in the coronial jurisdiction, to identify issues relevant to cases we may be investigating. In a number of cases the NCIS reports have identified trends and/or public safety issues which have resulted in recommendations aimed to prevent future deaths. It is always a pleasure dealing with the NCIS team; they are courteous, professional and highly efficient.

Ann Lambino, Registrar, State Coroner’s Court of New South Wales

The NCIS is an invaluable resource to my research and has been for over a decade. It remains one of the most unique databases internationally in terms of its content, accessibility, and data quality and has led me to new collaborations with researchers throughout the world. My research, which focuses predominantly on drug-related death and other issues relevant to forensic medicine and public health, relies on high quality medico-legal data, which I have been able to access using NCIS for a range of different studies I have published in recent years. The NCIS staff are always helpful and happy to assist my research staff and PhD students with search techniques and other queries relating to use of the database. The NCIS is a superior resource for forensic and medico-legal research.

Dr Jennifer Pilgrim, Senior Research Fellow and Head, Drug Harm Prevention Unit, Monash University’

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has been fortunate enough to work with the team from NCIS for a number of years. The information we have been able to access and use, in addition to the consultation and support that has been provided by the NCIS staff, has been invaluable for our research. SLSA recognises the information provided by NCIS as the most reliable and comprehensive ‘gold standard’, enhancing our own information.

The support from NCIS staff has at all times provided timely and accurate insights, assistance and advice. This has enabled SLSA to conduct research and analysis into aquatic and drowning deaths that drive the development of evidence-based water safety strategies and initiatives for the future.

Shane Daw, National Coastal Risk & Safety Manager, Surf Life Saving Australia

The NCIS play an extremely important role as a vital “one-stop” point of access for all Coronial data from near the turn of this century for genuine researchers. We certainly could not have completed our work to the standard we were able to reach without their services and will be eternally grateful for both the detail of the data and the ease with which (after appropriate approvals were sought and granted) it was made available.

Lucinda Coates and Kat Hayes, Senior Researcher and Project Manager, Risk Frontiers, Macquarie University

The report was presented in a clear and professional way and in a timely fashion; it certainly contained everything that I had requested.

This report will be used by MATES in Construction to further our knowledge of our industry and help us to develop suicide prevention programs that more accurately reflect our understanding of the issues involved. I have been unable up to this point to extract information from any source for South Australia statistics that is anywhere near as good as what you have presented to us.

I have already recommended your service to other similar organisations and will continue to do so. What you do is unique and fairly priced for what you produce.

Bob Clifford, Field Officer on behalf of Michelle Caston, Chief Executive Officer, ‘MATES in Construction'

NCIS data has been invaluable in helping us identify some of the potential drivers for suicide in our community; but more importantly to us as a non-academic community-based group. NCIS staff are incredibly patient, responsive and thorough. We can’t recommend NCIS highly enough.  Thank you.

Kerry Haby, Research and Policy Development Officer, Macedon Ranges Shire Council

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council (MSC) uses NCIS as a critical component of our Insights data supply partnerships. NCIS provides MSC with a robust and dependable platform for easy access to relevant Coronial records, allowing us to access the information we need through one site, where we know we can trust the data. Our Insights work, which we use to develop prevention focused safety resources, messaging  tools, public advice, and most importantly make evidence based decisions, requires mutually beneficial partnerships with a broad range of data suppliers. NCIS was one of those original partners who instantly understood how working together would enable better outcomes. Access to the NCIS database has been immensely helpful, not only through the information we can extract, but it’s also paved the way for MSC to access other confidential data sources because having access to NCIS is highly regarded. MSC will continue to use this valuable tool, and the value of NCIS staff, as a critical element of our Insights platform.

Nathan Watson, Partnerships Manager, New Zealand Mountain Safety Council

The National Coronial Information System has provided the Australian Building Codes Board multiple reports over several years. Working with the NCIS has always been a pleasure as they are extremely responsive and committed  to meeting our specific data needs. Each report has been of the highest quality, both in terms of data and the structuring of information and the NCIS  have the ability to present complex information in simple terms which is highly regarded by our stakeholders.  I cannot recommend the NCIS more highly and thank them for their outstanding work.

Jonathon Vaughan, NCC Innovation and Analysis, Australian Building Codes Board

The NCIS has been very important in Safe Work Australia’s collection of work-related fatalities.  It is a valuable and high quality source of information that assists our agency assess the full extent of work-related deaths from traumatic injuries occurring each year.  We use this collection to create a national picture of work-related fatalities, which informs WHS and workers’ compensation policy and practices and assists Safe Work Australia to contribute to healthier, safer and more productive workplaces.

Safe Work Australia