The Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Program (SERP) (i) monitors the pattern of transmission of HIV, viral hepatitis, and specific sexually transmissible infections in Australia, and (ii) conducts research and evaluation of public health interventions.
Surveillance activities are conducted in collaboration with the Australian Commonwealth Government Department of Health, 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 Reports. Public release datasets on new HIV diagnoses are also available for download. SERP is also responsible for the National Blood-borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Surveillance and Monitoring Report, a key research-related evaluation mechanism for the National HIV/STI/Hepatitis Strategies.
Research and evaluation focuses on determining the uptake, acceptability and impact of programs to control sexually transmitted infections and HIV, in people at greatest risk of STIs, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, youth, men who have sex with men and people in low income countries with high STI rates. Interventions include molecular point-of-care detection of STIs to provide greater access to diagnostic testing in remote settings, innovative strategies to test for HIV outside conventional clinical settings and population level epidemiological assessments to show the real-world effectiveness of new strategies for STI and HIV control.