Population Health

Population Health works to protect and promote the health of the local population. We recognise that many personal, local and global factors affect health and illness. Our services work with partners to deliver a comprehensive range of high quality, evidence-based health programs to the population living in Sydney Local Health District. Ultimately, Population Health strives to achieve equity of health status and health service utilisation across the population.

"The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries."
World Health Organisation

Public Health Unit
The Public Health Unit works to protect the health of the people who live in Sydney Local Health District. The unit provides important immunisation, environmental health and infectious disease control services via our specialist group of staff including nurses, surveillance officers, administrative medical officers, epidemiologists and environmental health officers.

Health Promotion Service
The Health Promotion Service develops, implements and evaluates community-based programs that improve and maintain population health and reduce inequalities in health outcomes. By working in partnership, the Health Promotion Service will continue to deliver evidence - based and evidence building health promotion programs with the communities of SLHD.

HIV & Related Programs Unit
The HIV & Related Programs (HARP) Unit supports Sydney Local Health District to implement the NSW HIV, Sexually Transmissible Infections, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B Strategies in response to local needs. The HARP Unit provides strategic oversight, planning, performance monitoring and business support to SLHD clinical and health promotion services. The NSW HIV Strategy 2012-2015 works towards the virtual elimination of HIV transmission in NSW by 2020.

Multicultural HIV & Hepatitis Service
The Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) works to respond to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in NSW. The Service is based on the principle that understanding culture and language is vital if individuals and communities from CALD backgrounds are to access health appropriately and equitably.

Health Equity Research & Development Unit
The Health Equity Research and Development Unit (HERDU) was recently established within Population Health to facilitate Sydney Local Health District's commitment to equity. Sydney Local Health District is committed to developing a local health system that is committed to equitable access to quality health services for the community, as well as creating opportunities and environments that improve health.

Public Health Observatory
Sydney Local Health District is establishing a new unit called the Public Health Observatory. The role of the Observatory will be to provide accessible, timely and relevant information to the Health Service, clinicians, managers and the community about the distribution of disease, injury, health, risk behaviours and social determinants of health in SLHD.