Biostatistics Unit

The Deakin Biostatistics Unit (DBSU) provides high-quality biostatistical consulting and collaborative support to Deakin University's health research programs. We contribute to health science by developing, applying and promoting appropriate biostatistical methods.

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Deakin Biostatistics Unit

Aims of the DBSU

  • Improve the quality, efficiency and impact of Faculty of Health research through the provision of biostatistical advice, consultancy and collaboration at all stages of the research process. We will assist with concept development, grant application, study design, protocol development, planning, data collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Co-supervise higher degree by research (HDR) students in the Faculty of Health.
  • Provide a focal point for biostatistics and nurture a network of quantitative researchers in the Faculty of Health.
  • Conduct research on biostatistical methods that are required for faculty research projects.
  • Foster mutually beneficial relationships between the faculty and external stakeholders such as clinicians, health services, policymakers and the community.

While the unit was formed primarily to support Deakin University Faculty of Health Research Programs, the unit also undertakes consulting and collaborative work with external partners, provided the work is aligned with the faculty's overall mission.

Services provided by the DBSU

Members of the Deakin Biostatistics Unit (DBSU) offer biostatistical advice to Faculty of Health staff and HDR students via scheduled appointments. The DBSU biostatisticians can provide assistance with:

  • Study design - we assist with the setting up of a research project by collaborating on the formulation of aims and testable hypotheses, selection of endpoints (measurables), creation of experimental plans, including randomizations, design of sampling schemes, power and sample size calculations, and protocol writing.
  • Grant preparation - we take responsibility for the statistical methods section of research proposals, including power and sample size calculations and, if required, a formal statistical analysis plan (SAP). We ensure that the study design has alignment of the objectives, endpoints and statistical methods.
  • Statistical data analysis - we can advise on, or take full responsibility for, this important activity.
  • Presentation of results and manuscript preparation - the DBSU can assist you with the preparation of results for presentation to your research community. This presentation could be a doctoral dissertation, a conference, or a manuscript and we can
    • Assist with the write-up of statistical methods and results
    • Review a draft of a manuscript before submission
    • Respond to comments from reviewers of the manuscript.
  • Biostatistical appraisal of protocols and manuscripts authored by others.
  • Research into new or specialized biostatistical methods required for specific faculty projects and programs.

The DBSU biostatisticians have experience with a range of statistical packages including SAS, STATA, SPSS, GenStat, Minitab, M-plus, WinBugs and R. We will, in conjunction with other project team members, decide on the most appropriate package and statistical method for a specific task or project.

From time to time the DBSU offers enrichment courses on biostatistical topics and specific procedures available in statistical packages, to researchers in the Faculty of Health. Requests for particular courses should, in the first instance, be addressed to the Head, DBSU.

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