The growing emphasis on evidence-based public health, and the collection of vast amounts of increasingly complex health data, have resulted in an increasing need for high-level biostatistical skills within the public health workforce.
The NSW Biostatistics Training Program was established in 2000 as part of a broader workforce strategy aimed at building the biostatistical capacity and capability of the New South Wales (NSW) health system. The program is highly regarded and has made an important contribution to increasing understanding about the role of biostatisticians and their value to the health system.
The training program is delivered by the NSW Ministry of Health in partnership with the University of Sydney and the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia (BCA).
The training program provides a career path for biostatisticians working in public health by bridging the gap between academic studies and development as a professional biostatistician.
The program provides a broad training that enables graduates to subsequently apply their biostatistical expertise to many different spheres of public health practice. Graduates will be able to work as biostatisticians in a range of public health services, research, development, policy and planning positions.
Upon successful completion of the training program, graduates are eligible for:
- award of a Master of Biostatistics, conferred by the University of Sydney
- a Certificate of Completion, conferred by the NSW Ministry of Health
- accreditation as a graduate statistician with the Statistical Society of Australia Incorporated.