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.

This monthly report summarises the number of notifiable diseases reported in residents living within South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. Data is presented for residents of the whole District and of the following geographical subdivisions: Eastern (comprising the local government areas of Sydney, Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick and Botany Bay), St George district (comprising the local government areas of Rockdale and Georges River), and Sutherland Shire.

View current report: December 2019

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 published monthly during the influenza season and every two months at other times.

View current report: March 2020

Key points of report:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting influenza transmission and detection in a number of ways. The similarity of symptoms with COVID-19 increased presentations classified as "influenza-like illness" until respiratory assessment clinics were established. Prioritisation of laboratory resources to COVID-19 testing then decreased the amount of routine influenza testing, decreasing the number of confirmed cases detected. Finally, social distancing in response to COVID-19 has likely also decreased community transmission of influenza.
  • Laboratory notifications: were above the average level during January and February, but fell in March.
  • Outbreaks: eleven influenza-like illness outbreaks in residential aged care facilities were notified during March, but none were confirmed as being due to influenza.
  • Emergency Departments: presentations for influenza-like illness peaked at more than 12 times the average level for this time of year in early March but decreased sharply from mid-March when COVID-19 assessment clinics were opened.

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 2009 of cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and norovirus detected in sentinel public and private pathology laboratories serving the NSW population.

View current report January 2020

This report summarises the rate of ship's complement diagnosed with acute respiratory disease or acute gastroenteritis for cruise ships entering Sydney Harbour, as reported on pre-arrival reports since January 2016.

View current report: February 2020

This report, published during the summer months, monitors trends in laboratory confirmed arbovirus cases reported in residents of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. It provides a summary of the main arboviral infections of concern in South Eastern Sydney (such as Barmah Forest Virus and Ross River Virus) and provides a breakdown of locally acquired cases to provide information on the geographic distribution of the viruses.

View current report: December 2019

Key points of report: 

  • Two probable cases of Ross River virus infection in SESLHD residents were reported this month. One case was likely acquired in Central west NSW, the other one remains under investigation.
  • No cases Barmah Forest virus infection have been reported this month

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: First quarter 2020

Key points of report: 

As at 31 March 2020: 

  • 93.9% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 12 months.
  • 88.4% of SESLHD children were considered fully vaccinated at 2 years.
  • 90.6% 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: 2019

Key points of report: 

In 2019:

  • 88% of female year 7 students received the first dose of the HPV vaccine, 77% received dose 2.
  • 84% of male year 7 students received the first dose of the HPV vaccine, 76% received dose 2.
  • 87% of year 7 students received the dTpa vaccine.
  • 79% of year 10 students received the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.