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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.

Our work

The Epidemiology Section:

  • Develops the biennial Chief Health Officer's Report.
  • Conducts and commissioning surveys including the ACT General Health Survey, the Year 7 Health Survey, the ACT Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey and the ACT component of the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug survey.
  • Maintains registers/collections of health conditions and events, such as the ACT Cancer Registry, the Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry and the ACT Maternal and Perinatal Data Collection.
  • Produces and disseminates epidemiological information on the health status of people in the ACT.
  • Develops and builds on data systems that collect population health information, including data linkage capabilities.
  • Develops and reports on population health performance indicators.
  • Participating in research activities and collaborations.

Our data

To help access up-to-date health information, we provide web-based data and statistical reporting on our HealthStats ACT website.

Information about our data collections, statistics and indicators, reports and useful links are also available on HealthStats ACT

To find out more about our work and data, please visit HealthStats ACT.

Contact us

​GPO Box 825,
Canberra ACT 2601

Email: healthinfo@act.gov.au

Page last updated on: 1 Dec 2023