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Epidemiology - Public Health Unit

Epidemiology is the:

Study of the occurrence and distribution of health-related events, states, and processes in specified populations, including the study of the determinants influencing such processes, and the application of this knowledge to control relevant health problems1

Epidemiological functions and services at Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit focus on communicable diseases, immunisation and environmental health, and include:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Review and interpretation of evidence to support evidence-based public health practice
  • Communicable disease outbreak investigation, management and control
  • Non-communicable disease cluster assessment
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Research
  • Policy advice/development
  • Media and data requests
  • Health professional education
  • Student lecturing and supervision

1 Porta M, Greenland S, Hernan M, dos Santos Silva I, Last JM, eds. A dictionary of epidemiology. 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2014

Communicable diseases Cancer screening 

Data requests

Immunisation coverage rates

 Chief Health Officer’s reports Other useful data sources
Non-communicable disease clusters Health surveys Research
Cancer incidence Burden of disease 

Professional associations

Communicable diseases

Immunisation coverage rates

Young children

By postcode, SCHHS, 2014-15 (thematic maps and data)

  • 1 year old children (coming soon)
  • 2 year old children (coming soon)
  • 5 year old children (coming soon)

By Hospital and Health Service/Medicare Local

By statistical area

National, state and territory


*Medicare Locals ceased to exist in 2015. Note that the SCHHS boundaries matched the Sunshine Coast Medicare Local boundary.
Note: There are seven SA3 areas in the SCHHS area

Non-communicable disease clusters

Cancer incidence

Cancer screening

Chief Health Officer's reports

Health surveys

Burden of disease

Data requests

Please contact our epidemiologist using the details at the top of this page.

Other useful data sources


To partner in research with Sunshine Coast Public Health Unit, please contact us using the details at the top of this page.

Professional associations

Last updated: 20 July 2017

Contact Us

Post: PO Box 577, Maroochydore QLD 4558
Ph: 07 5409 6600
Fax: 07 5443 5488