Surveillance and Evaluation Program for Public Health

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The Surveillance and Evaluation Program for Public Health (SEPPH) monitors the pattern of transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, and specific sexually transmissible infections in Australia, assesses past and expected epidemic trends, and evaluates the epidemiological impact and cost-effectiveness of public health intervention strategies and programs. SEPPH also evaluates HIV epidemics and develops research capacity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Surveillance activities are conducted in collaboration with the Australian Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing, State and Territory health authorities and collaborating networks. Analyses and interpretation of recent trends in new diagnoses of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs, and estimates of prevalence and incidence in key population subgroups are published in our Annual Surveillance Report. Public release datasets on new HIV and AIDS diagnoses are also available for download. SEPPH, of the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, is a collaborating unit of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

SEPPH carries out extensive mathematical modelling research in order to evaluate public health programs, understand drivers of epidemic trends, project future epidemic trajectories, and assess the potential impact of public health strategies. This research is focused on HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmissible infections in Australian populations and on HIV/AIDS in the Southeast Asia and Pacific region. This evaluation is often extended to health economic analyses of different programs or interventions.

SEPPH is also involved in building research capacity in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, mathematical modelling, and other biomedical research associated with HIV/AIDS in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

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