Based in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago and established by Professor Sir David Skegg, initial funding was provided by the Medical Research Council of New Zealand.
Once its principal methods were established, funding for the Group’s core surveillance activities and special projects was taken over by New Zealand's Ministry of Health and the Health Research Council.
The aims of the AIDS Epidemiology Group are to:
- Monitor the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand through ongoing surveillance
- Develop, and when appropriate, to apply, new methods of monitoring and evaluation, and
- Contribute to the wider knowledge of HIV infection and AIDS.
The Health (Protection) Amendment Act 2016 was passed by the New Zealand Government in June 2016.
The key change within this Act in regards to HIV reporting is that from 4 January 2017, HIV is a notifiable disease and therefore cases need to be notified to the relevant Medical Officer of Health.