General practices: please complete and return your new Data Sharing Agreement

  9 July 2021  NWMPHN   

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is moving all general practices across to a new data sharing agreement.

All practices requiring this new agreement will have now received a copy for them to complete and return. We ask that you please do so at your earliest convenience.

This new agreement will better suit the data governance requirements of the Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI) that the Australian Department of Health has established. A copy of this governance (.pdf) is available on the Department’s website. The agreement will also provide practices with more information on data security and privacy.

This agreement is a requirement for practices to continue accessing Pen CS and to allow de-identified data to be shared with NWMPHN. A new contract is not required for practices that submit their data using a JSON file or have signed a new agreement in the last six months.

A copy of your new agreement will be sent to the practice’s primary contact in the coming days.

If you have any questions about our data sharing requirements please talk to your practice’s NWMPHN quality improvement program officer, or contact us by email to or call (03) 9347 1188.

More information on data sharing and governance is available on our website.