Epidemiology Branch

The Epidemiology Branch is responsible for the collection and analysis of a wide range of population health data.

We are the “go to” area for advice and analysis on population-based health data for Western Australia. The work of the Epidemiology Branch is fundamental to the provision of evidence-based services designed to improve the health status of Western Australians.

Our experts:

  • monitor the health of the WA population and identify areas of need
  • evaluate the performance of the health system and identify areas for improvement
  • investigate community health concerns and identify health risks that require management
  • collect, manage and value-add to a range of datasets that are essential to the maintenance of the health system
  • provide a wide range of statistical and spatial advice and analysis using the most up to date data to a range of clients both within and external to the Department of Health.

Requests for specific population-based information can be made to the Epidemiology Branch by completing a data request form (external site). Requests may attract a charge. Information about charges are outlined in the Epidemiology Branch data request charging policy (PDF 53KB).

Notes on local government public health plan requests
Prior to Local Government Public Health Plans being mandatory, the Epi Branch are reviewing our data delivery systems, so we can offer a better overall solution for providing data. As a result, there will be a temporary freeze on providing new data for LGA Public Health Plans until February 2021 to allow the Epidemiology Branch to update data sources and automate aspects of the process.

The Epidemiology Branch is transitioning back into business as usual as our staff return from COVID-19 work. We kindly ask for your continued patience as our capacity slowly returns to normal and we address the backlog of data requests. New requests will be prioritised as we receive them and delays are still likely.

Additionally, the Epidemiology Branch service feedback survey has now been postponed and will be resumed at a later date.


Epidemiology Branch

Level 3 Block C
Phone: 9222 2496
Fax: 9222 4055
Email: epi@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 06-08-2020
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