Infectious Diseases Surveillance

In Australia, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) notifications have been on the rise for the past decade. We conduct surveillance for HIV and STIs on behalf of the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Rigorous evaluations of projects and programs are aimed at better understanding the transmission and prevention of communicable diseases, including HIV and STIs and the health and wellbeing of affected populations.

Objectives:

  • Managing, developing and refining innovative surveillance systems for the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to better understand the drivers of HIV and other STI transmission
  • Undertake evaluation projects to examine the effectiveness of policy and initiatives aimed at reducing the transmission and impact of communicable diseases, including blood borne viruses and STI
  • Integrating findings from our surveillance, epidemiology and research to inform policy and practice to prevent the transmission of diseases such as HIV and other STI transmission.

Current Projects

  • ACCESS: The Australian Collaboration for Coordinated Enhanced Sentinel Surveillance of Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • COVID-19 Quarantine Study

  • Eliminate Hepatitis C Australia Partnership: EC Australia

  • Evaluation of Malaria Case-Based Reporting using a mobile phone application in Myanmar

  • Host and parasite factors that predict Artemisinin Resistance reservoirs

  • Impact of declining transmission on immunity and risk of malaria rebound

  • Improving Hepatitis B Virus screening in general practice in Victoria

  • Predicting quality and potency of monoclonal and natural antibodies

  • Serological surveillance to identify mosquito exposure and malaria transmission

  • SHARP: Screening for Hepatitis in At-Risk Populations

  • SHARP: Sexual Health And Risk Prevention Study

  • The Optimise Study: Optimising Isolation, Quarantine and Distancing for COVID-19

  • The production of guidance for the laboratory sector to prepare for emergency situations