Public health surveillance

Public health surveillance is the ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data on specific health events for use in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes.

Information provided by regular surveillance reports enables effective monitoring of rates and distribution of disease, detection of outbreaks, monitoring of interventions, and predicting emerging hazards.

ESR experts undertake laboratory based surveillance of notifiable diseases and outbreak surveillance on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

A list of notifiable diseases is available here (external link)

Other non-notifiable diseases that ESR undertakes surveillance for are influenza-like illnesess and sexually transmitted infections as well as laboratory surveillance of pathogens of public health importance

Selected New Zealand public health surveillance data and information is available here (external link)

The New Zealand Public Health Surveillance Report is published quarterly and is available here (external link)