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Key documents accessible through PPHSN website

PPHSN Pacific Outbreak ManualPPHSN Pacific Outbreak Manual, March 2016

This manual has been developed by several PPHSN partners: World Health Organization (WHO), Pacific Community (SPC) and Hunter New England Local Health District and Hunter Medical Research Institute, as well as clinicians and public health workers from Pacific Island countries and territories who have provided feedback.


Inform'ACTIONInform'ACTION, the information bulletin of the PPHSN, published by SPC, with articles typically written by health professionals from the region addressing public health surveillance and communicable disease control.

Pacific Health Dialog Pacific Health Surveillance and ResponsePacific Health Dialog issue on Pacific Health Surveillance and Response. September 2005.   

Coordinated, edited and sponsored with the support of SPC and published in collaboration with the Pacific Health Dialog Team.

Pacific Health Dialog issue on TelehealthPacific Health Dialog issue on Telehealth. September 2000.

Coordinated, edited and sponsored with the support of SPC and published in collaboration with the Pacific Health Dialog Team.

Articles published in scientific journals

Toatu T, White P, Hoy D, Iniakwala D, Merrilles Jr OE, Gopalani SV. Prevalence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among young women engaged in sex work aboard foreign fishing vessels in Kiribati. Western Pac Surveill Response J. 2018 March;9(1). doi:10.5365/wpsar.2017.8.4.005

White P, Saketa S, Johnson E, Gopalani S, Edward E, Loney C, et al. Mass gathering enhanced syndromic surveillance for the 8th Micronesian Games in 2014, Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia. Western Pac Surveill Response J. 2018 March;9(1). doi:10.5365/wpsar.2016.7.4.001

Hoy D, Durand AM, Hancock T, Cash HL, Hardie K, Paterson B, et al. Lessons learnt from a three-year pilot field epidemiology training programme. Western Pac Surveill Response J. 2017 Sep;8(3). doi:10.5365/wpsar.2016.7.4.005.

Hoy D et al. Enhanced syndromic surveillance for mass gatherings in the Pacific: a case study of the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in Solomon Islands, 2012. Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal, 2016; 7(3). doi:10.5365/wpsar.2016.7.1.004

Viney, K, Hoy, D, Roth, A et al. The epidemiology of tuberculosis in the Pacific, 2000 to 2013.  Western Pacific Surveillance and Response. 2015; vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 59-67.

Hoy, Damian et al. Battling tuberculosis in an island context with a high burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases: epidemiology, progress, and lessons learned in Kiribati, 2000 to 2012. International Journal of Infectious Diseases , 2015; Volume 30 , 135 - 141

Hoy D, Mercier A, White P, Saketa ST, Roth A, Souares Y, Lepers C, Wojcik R, Katz A, Campbell T, Patel S, Feighner B, Lewis S. Using SAGES OpenESSENCE for Mass Gathering Events. Online journal of public health informatics. 2015; 7(1) . PMCID: PMC4512388.

Hoy D, Roth A, Lepers C, et al. Adapting to the health impacts of climate change in a sustainable manner. Globalization and Health. 2014; 10:82. doi:10.1186/s12992-014-0082-8.

Hoy D et al. Investigating an outbreak of acute fever in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia. Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal, 2014; 5(4):5–12. doi:10.5365/wpsar.2014.5.3.005

Roth A, Mercier A, Lepers C, Hoy D, Duituturaga S, Benyon E, Guillaumot L, Souarès Y. Concurrent outbreaks of dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus infections – an unprecedented epidemic wave of mosquito-borne viruses in the Pacific 2012–2014. Euro Surveill. 2014;19(41):pii=20929. Article DOI:

Hoy D, Roth A, Viney K, Souares Y, Lopez AD. Findings and Implications of the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study for the Pacific Islands. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2014; 11:E75. doi:10.5888/pcd11.130344.

Damian Hoy, Lyn March, Peter Brooks, Fiona Blyth, Anthony Woolf, Christopher Bain, Gail Williams, Emma Smith, Theo Vos, Jan Barendregt, et al. The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. Ann Rheum Dis. 2014 Jun; 73(6): 968–974. Published online 2014 Mar 24. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204428

Hoy, Damian, March, Lyn, Woolf, Anthony and Brooks, Peter. 25x25 strategy for the burden of non-communicable diseases. Lancet Global Health. 2014, 2 6: E320-E320. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(14)70210-4