Epidemiology

The Epidemiology Section provides timely and accurate information on the health of the ACT population, which assists in the development and evaluation of policies and interventions to improve health.

The Epidemiology Section provides timely and accurate information on the health of the ACT population, which assists in the development and evaluation of policies and interventions to improve health.

The Epidemiology Section also undertakes projects to examine emerging issues; provides advice and assistance relating to research and evaluation; and conducts research related to key public health issues.

The Epidemiology Section ensures that high quality data and statistics are readily available to inform public health policy and program decisions by engaging with health data users.  We provide leadership within the collection, analyses, dissemination and use of health statistics.

To facilitate easy access to up-to-date health information, we now provide web-based data display and statistical reporting via our website HealthStatsACT

Our work program

The Epidemiology Section work program includes:

  • Developing the biennial Chief Health Officer's (CHO) Report (a statutory requirement);
  • Conducting and commissioning surveys
  • Maintaining registers/collections of health conditions and events, such as the ACT Cancer Registry and the ACT Maternal and Perinatal Data Collection
  • Producing and disseminating epidemiological information on the health status of people in the ACT
  • Developing and building on data systems that collect population health information, including data linkage capabilities
  • Developing and reporting on population health performance indicators 
  • Participating in research activities and collaborations

Contact us

​GPO Box 825,
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: (02) 6205 2610
Email: healthinfo@act.gov.au

Page last updated on: 28 Nov 2018