Data collection

The collection of detailed HIV surveillance data has been central to Australia’s successful public health response to HIV.

Data is carefully monitored by governments, health departments, community organisations and researchers to inform policy development and the framing of HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies.

All states and territories require doctors and/or laboratories to notify cases of HIV diagnosis  to their state/territory health department, which then forwards that information to The Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society (‘The Kirby Institute’), for  inclusion  in the National HIV Registry.

No identifying personal information is included in the information provided to the Health Departments; information is coded to protect client confidentiality.

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