Public Health Data and Research

The Public Health Unit prepares regular reports of the health surveillance data on the residents living in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. These reports provide useful, up-to-date information about disease trends in our population. The Public Health Unit also has a dynamic research program across multiple public health related areas. You can learn more about the data by reading About the Data. Any questions can be emailed to the Epidemiology team.

Notifiable diseases data for NSW and by Local Health District are available here.

 

In this section we post recent and annual surveillance reports for respiratory viral activity and impact in South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

Acute Respiratory Infections Report

Latest report: January 2024

Key Points of Report

  • Overall indicators of COVID-19 activity during January were higher than in December. Laboratory notifications were 37% higher than in December and were predominantly from older age groups.The positivity rate of PCR tests peaked early January and averaged 11.1% compared to 8.8% in December. ED presentations and admissions declined during January, and were at a similar level to the same time in 2023. Numbers of aged care outbreaks were high in January.
  • Influenza case notifications slightly increased at the start of January before decreasing, and overall remained at low-moderate levels, slightly above the usual inter-seasonal baseline. Case notifications are predominantly from children and young adults. Influenza A remains the predominant influenza strain detected. Influenza test positivity increased at the start of January but the average was similar to December at 3.8%. ED presentations for influenza-like illness remain stable at the top of the expected range for this time of year. Pneumonia and ILI admissions have declined during January, but remain above the expected range for this time of the year.
  • RSV PCR positivity increased during January, as did bronchiolitis ED presentations, to be near the top of the expected range for this time of year.
Previous Reports
Acute Respiratory Infections Report month of December 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report month of November 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report month of October 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report month of September 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 1 September 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 25 August 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 18 August 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 11 August 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 4 August 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 28 July 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 21 July 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 14 July 2023
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week ending 7 July 2023

 

Latest annual report: 1 January - 31 December 2022

Annual Reports Year
Influenza Annual Report  2020

Sexually Transmissible Infections in South Eastern Sydney

This report, generated every six months, documents the historical trend and the demographic characteristics of sexually transmissible infections in residents within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, focusing on chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.

View current report: 2023 Report

Key points of report: Notifications for most sexually transmissible infections are higher than in 2022; 6742 cases of chlamydia (+32%), 3605 cases of gonorrhoea (+20%), and 632 cases of infectious syphilis in SESLHD residents were notified.

This monthly report provides the trend (ie. epidemic curve) since 2015 of cases of norovirus detected in sentinel public and private pathology laboratories serving the NSW population.

View current report January 2024

This report, published during the summer months, monitors trends in laboratory confirmed arbovirus cases reported in residents of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and in mosquito surveillance around the eastern tidal portion of the Georges River. It provides a summary of the main arboviral infections of concern in South Eastern Sydney (Barmah Forest virus and Ross River virus) with a breakdown of locally acquired cases to provide information on the geographic distribution of the viruses. The report also includes information on mosquito surveillance in Matraville.

View current report: January 2024

Key points of report: 

  • No cases of Ross River virus infection or Barmah Forest virus infection in SESLHD residents were reported in January 2024.
  • Seven cases of dengue virus infection in SESLHD residents were reported in January 2024. All infections were acquired overseas.
  • Mosquito numbers in SESLHD were low in January 2024

Childhood Immunisation Coverage Report

This report, published quarterly, provides an overview of the latest childhood immunisation coverage data for children living within the boundaries of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), based on immunisation encounters for children reported by providers to the Australian Immunisation Register (formerly the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register).

View current report: Third Quarter 2023

Key points of report: 

As at 30 September 2023: 

  • 92.6% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 12 months
  • 91.3% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 2 years
  • 92.7% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 5 years

 

Aboriginal Childhood Immunisation Coverage Report

This report, published annually, provides an overview of the latest childhood immunisation coverage data for Aboriginal children living within the boundaries of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), based on immunisation encounters for Aboriginal children reported by providers to the Australian Immunisation Register (formerly the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register).

View current report: Annual Report for 2022

Key points of report: 

Amongst Aboriginal children in SESLHD in 2022, vaccination coverage: 

  • Declined to 91.9% fully vaccinated at 12 months 
  • Declined to 91.9% at 2 years
  • Declined to 95.4% at 5 years

Disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic are thought to be continuing to impact on childhood immunisation coverage rates.

School Immunisation Program Coverage Report

This report, published yearly, provides an overview of the latest school immunisation coverage for students attending school-based vaccination programs within the boundaries of SESLHD, based on immunisation encounters for students reported by school immunisation nurses.

View current report: 2022

Key points of report: 

In 2022:

  • 78% of female year 7 students received the first dose of the HPV vaccine, 65% received dose 2.
  • 78% of male year 7 students received the first dose of the HPV vaccine, 64% received dose 2.
  • 79% of year 7 students received the dTpa vaccine.
  • 72% of year 10 students received the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Due to COVID-19 there was some disruption in the school program in 2020 and 2021; some of the schools were not able to be offered dose 2 of the HPV vaccine in 2020 and 2021. Some students might have been vaccinated at their GPs, hence the apparent decrease in the coverage as we only report vaccines given at schools.