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.

 

This report provides an analysis of the numbers and types of influenza virus that are circulating within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District based on laboratory confirmed cases of influenza virus, the number of aged care facility outbreaks, and the number of people presenting to the emergency department with influenza-like-illnesses.

Weekly report

This report provides a one page snapshot and is published weekly during the influenza season. No current report.

Monthly report

This report also compares this data with the rest of NSW and Australia to provide a summary of the implications for the area. This report is usually published monthly during the influenza season and every two months at other times but has been put on hold due to the limited influenza transmission in the community.

In the first six months of 2021 only eighteen cases of influenza were notified in South Eastern Sydney LHD residents, which is less than 1% of the number of notifications seen in the same period in the previous three years. Sixteen of the eighteen cases were in people aged 60 years or older, and confirmed on the basis of serology alone, which likely reflected past infection or vaccination. The two other cases were in 1 year old children, both notified in May and PCR positive for influenza B.

The December 2020 report below is a summary of influenza activity in South Eastern Sydney LHD for 2020.

Key points of report:

  • Laboratory notifications: were overall very low in 2020, approximately one sixth of the average for the previous 5 years, despite high levels of testing.
  • Outbreaks: one influenza outbreak and eighteen influenza-like illness outbreaks in residential aged care facilities were reported in 2020.
  • Emergency Departments: in 2020 all categories of acute respiratory presentation were below average except presentations for testing in SESHD hospital COVID clinics (counted in ED presentations until June 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: 2019 Midyear report

Key points of report: Notifications for all sexually transmissible infections have increased in the first half of 2019 with 3570 cases of chlamydia, 1789 cases of gonorrhoea, and 325 cases of syphilis notified

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

View current report May 2021

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 now includes information on mosquito surveillance around the eastern portion of the Georges River.

View current report: April 2021

Key points of report: 

  • One probable case of Ross River virus infection in a SESLHD resident was reported this month.
  • No cases of Barmah Forest virus infection in a SESLHD resident were reported this month. 
  • Mosquito numbers were on average above that usually seen in April.

Childhood Immunisation Coverage Report

This report, published quarterly, provides an overview of the latest childhood immunisation coverage 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: Second quarter 2021

Key points of report: 

As at 30 June 2021: 

  • 95.0% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 12 months.
  • 93.2% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 2 years.
  • 92.6% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 5 years.

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: 2020

Key points of report: 

In 2020:

  • 85% of female year 7 students received the first dose of the HPV vaccine, 74% received dose 2.
  • 85% of male year 7 students received the first dose of the HPV vaccine, 70% received dose 2.
  • 86% of year 7 students received the dTpa vaccine.
  • 79% of year 10 students received the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Students will be offered the opportunity to catch up any missed doses during 2021 school immunisation program visits.