About ESR's Public Health expertise
At ESR, our team of health scientists provide unprecedented insight and expert advice to help prevent and reduce disease, especially in the area of communicable or infectious disease.
Our microbiological public health reference laboratories are accredited as Medical Diagnostic Laboratories under ISO 15189:2012 and operate as part of an international network to detect, identify and classify the bacteria, viruses and anti-microbial resistance that cause disease.
As the preferred scientific provider for the Ministry of Health, ESR provides scientific support to government agencies in the event of public health outbreaks, biological threats, as well as emerging threats to health such as Ebola, Zika and measles.
Find out more about the work we do through the links below, our health research case studies(external link), or by contacting us via:email@example.com.
ESR experts work with bacteria and viruses that cause human disease, referred to as pathogenic. The mode of transmission of these pathogenic microbes can be from person-to-person, through contact with animals or, within health care facilities.Read more
Legionella sampling and testing
Legionellosis is a sometimes fatal respiratory disease that follows infection with Legionella, a bacterium widely distributed in soil and water sources throughout New Zealand.Read more
Campylobacteriosis is the most commonly reported cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis in the world.Read more
Public health surveillance
ESR’s internationally renowned experts collect, collate and analyse data and intelligence on a wide range of diseases present in New Zealand.Read more
ESR assists the Pacific region with scientific expertise, information and tools to strengthen policy, programmes and practice to support healthy, safe and resilient communities.Read more
ESR offers a range of services for determining radioactivity content in a variety of samples such as food, water, soil, sediment, mining ore and products, biota and air samples.Read more
NZRM Culture Collection
ESR maintains a culture collection of medically important bacteria. The New Zealand Reference Culture Collection: Medical Section (NZRM) holds over 4,000 strains and supplies reference cultures for quality control, teaching and research.Read more
Genomics and next generation sequencing
Genomics is a fast moving field, where changes in DNA sequencing technologies are generating more detailed data on life’s basic building blocks.Read more
Epidemiological skills development programme
ESR’s epidemiological skills development programme provides training and development of personnel to enhance New Zealand’s ability to investigate and respond to infectious disease events.Read more
Health intelligence and disease surveillance
ESR’s team of epidemiologists, public health doctors, clinical microbiologists and laboratory scientists provide the Ministry of Health and the wider health sector with intelligence on notifiable diseases and other serious health threats, such as influenza and antimicrobial resistance.Read more
EpiSurv and notifiable diseases
If a health practitioner suspects a patient may have a notifiable disease, legally they must report this to a Medical Officer of Health: public health doctors who work at public health units (PHU’s) across the country.Read more
ESR Clinical Data Repository (CDR) Support
About ESR Clinical Data Repository SupportRead more