The AURIN Workbench: An Online Spatial Analytical platform empowering health research and other geographic analysis in academia and government

Mr Xavier Goldie



The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) is a free national resource that empowers academic and government geographic researchers, planners, policy and decision-makers to make better decisions for Australia’s human settlements and their future development. The AURIN workbench is Australia’s single largest resource for accessing clean, integrated, spatially enabled and research-ready data on issues surrounding health and wellbeing, socio-economic metrics, transportation, and land-use. Users can also access a range of powerful analytical tools for neighbourhood walkability, spatial clustering, data manipulation, economic analysis, and statistical analysis.

Completely free of charge, the AURIN Workbench is a secure and powerful online environment that allows all levels of government, academia and researchers to access, analyse and visualise quality data and generate meaningful knowledge – urban intelligence – the evidence base for informed decisions for the smart growth and the sustainable development of Australia.

In this presentation I will focus on the impacts that the AURIN workbench has had in very diverse manifestations of health research, from neighbourhood scale analyses of active transport behaviour in children, to nationwide scale analyses of the uptake and efficacy of Hepatitis treatment across Australia.


The Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) is the principal body representing geographers and promoting the study and application of geography in Australia. It was founded in 1958 and since then has promoted, supported and defended Australian geography.

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