HeSANDA is a national initiative of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) that makes health and medical research data easier to find. It facilitates access, sharing and reuse of research data, resulting in a reduction in research waste, improvements in researcher collaboration, and an opportunity to answer new research questions. It aims to support more efficient and effective research to help improve health outcomes.

The research community across Australia has been working together through HeSANDA to develop Health Data Australia, a catalogue for health and medical researchers to register a description of their research so it’s easy to discover. By leveraging existing data and leaving the control in custodians’ hands, HeSANDA supports more efficient and effective research to help improve health outcomes.

In Phase 1, HeSANDA focussed on investigator-initiated and academic clinical trials. Phase 2 (2023-2028) will provide opportunities to consolidate capability for clinical trials, extend the approach to other health study types, and deploy new capabilities such as secure access environments.



To date, nine nodes (representing 72 research organisations) have been approved to be involved in the development of the HeSANDA initiative by ARDC including the Sydney Node (short for Sydney Health Partners and NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre Node). Other key collaborators from the ANZCTR, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance, NHMRC, Cochrane Australia, Research Australia, and the Population Health Research Network are also contributing to this initiative.






The Sydney Node of the HeSANDA project received investment from the Australian Research Data Commons. The ARDC is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.



The Sydney Node partners are described below:



Role in HeSANDA Sydney Node

NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney

Angela Webster, Director of Evidence Integration


Sydney Health Partners

Don Nutbeam, Executive Director

Project oversight

Westmead Applied Research Centre, WSLHD

Clara Chow, Academic Director

Data Contributor

Health and Clinical Analytics, University of Sydney

Thomas Snelling, Director

Data Contributor

Cardiovascular Centre of Excellence, NSLHD

Gemma Figtree, Chair of Cardiovascular Initiative

Data Contributor

Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, University of Sydney

Chris Maher, Director

Data Contributor

Institute of Bone and Joint Research, University of Sydney

David Hunter, Chair

Data Contributor

Westmead Institute for Medical Research, WSLHD

Philip O’Connell, Director

Data Contributor

The Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Matthew Kieran, Director

Data Contributor

Woolcock Institute for Medical Research, University of Sydney

Bandana Saini, Affiliate Staff (Woolcock) and Director, Academic Education (USyd)

Data Contributor

Clinical Trials Support Office, Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Sydney

Olya Ryjenko, Clinical Trials Data Lead

Infrastructure operator

Digital Health CRC

Tim Shaw, Director

Infrastructure operator

Information and Communications Technology (ICT), University of Sydney

Ryan Sullivan, Product Manager

Infrastructure operator

Sydney Local Health District

Steve Chadban, Director, Renal Medicine

Data Contributor

Sydney Local Health District

Geoff McCaughan, Clinical Director, GE/Liver Services

Data Contributor

Sydney Local Health District, ICT

Mitchell Burger, Director, Strategy, Architecture, Innovation and Research

Infrastructure operator




For further information please contact the Sydney Node Project Manager, Talia Palacios: