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: Week-ending 19 May 2024

Key Points of Report

  • Influenza and COVID-19 waves are expected to coincide this year with high activity of both viruses forecast from June (NSW Health modelling).

  • COVID-19 activity is at moderate levels, however there is evidence of increasing activity. Laboratory notifications increased last week, though the positivity rate of PCR tests decreased from 8.3% to 6.5%, ED presentations and admissions remained low and the number of aged care outbreaks decreased.

  • Influenza activity is at a moderate level, and increasing. NSW Health has declared the start of the 2024 influenza season. In SESLHD, influenza test positivity increased from 4.9% to 7.8%. Laboratory notifications increased last week, and are predominantly in children. ED presentations for influenza-like illness increased, within the usual range seen at this time of year. Pneumonia and ILI admissions increased this week and are above the range seen at this time of the year but are likely contributed to by non-influenza infections.

  • RSV activity remains at a high level, however is decreasing. RSV PCR positivity decreased last week from 7.4% to 4.1%. Bronchiolitis ED presentations decreased this week and are within the usual range experienced at this time of year. 

Previous Reports
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 12 May 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 5 May 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending  28 April 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 21 April 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 14 April 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 7 April 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 31 March 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 24 March 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 17 March 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report week-ending 10 March 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report month of February 2024
Acute Respiratory Infections Report month of January 2024
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

 

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 April 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: April 2024

Key points of report: 

  • Two probable cases of Ross River virus infection and no cases of Barmah Forest virus infection in SESLHD residents were reported in April 2024. No case was acquired within SESLHD.
  • Eleven cases of dengue virus infection and one case of malaria in SESLHD residents were reported in April 2024. All were acquired overseas.
  • Mosquito numbers in SESLHD were low in April 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.