How the AIHW is assisting the COVID-19 response

The Australian Government Department of Health collates national data about COVID–19 (coronavirus) and other notifiable communicable diseases. Data is being published daily on the Department of Health website.

Several AIHW staff have been seconded to work in the Australian Government Department of Health’s National Incident Room to assist with the monitoring of COVID–19 (coronavirus). We are also assisting other state/territory Health government agencies, as required.

In addition, we worked with the World Health Organization on the development of appropriate coding of COVID–19 for use in health data. This will assist with research into the impact of the pandemic.

The AIHW’s core purpose is to produce authoritative and accessible information and statistics that inform and support better health and welfare related policy and service decisions, leading to improved health and wellbeing for all Australians. 

As part of our role, we regularly provide information about communicable diseases. For example:

Future AIHW reporting will incorporate information about the impact of COVID-19 on health and welfare issues relevant to Australians.

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