Health gains

The Health Gains Planning (HGP) branch sits within the Strategy and Reform Division of the Department of Health and operates under two specialised disciplines, Epidemiology and Health Economics.

The branch prepares health and wellbeing information to inform policy and services in the Northern Territory (NT) and is a central reference service for statistical analysis, research and reporting.

Perinatal registry

The perinatal registry collects perinatal and related information in four registers:

  • perinatal register (midwives' collection)
  • congenital anomalies register 
  • infant death register 
  • maternal death register.

Read more about the perinatal registry.


The core business of the Epidemiology Unit is to monitor the health status of the NT population. 

The unit examines the spread of diseases and risk factors based on the collection of population level information, including mortality, cancer, perinatal and demographic information. 


The role of the Epidemiology Unit includes:

  • monitoring and reporting health and risk factor trends
  • collecting, managing and reporting cancer incidence through the NT Cancer Registry
  • assisting the search for relevant demographic, mortality and morbidity information
  • research projects relevant to core responsibilities
  • supporting students training in epidemiology.

Health economics

The Health Economics Unit provides statistical and economic analysis to the Health Department Executive, to inform decision making and strategic planning of health services.


The unit has the following roles:

  • analyse cost-effective and efficient health intervention policies and strategies
  • economic and financial analysis 
  • project the demand for and supply of health services 
  • inform resource allocation and strategic investment in health care
  • specific research projects, where relevant to core responsibilities
  • support students training in health economics and statistics.


All of the HGP publications can be found in ePublications.

NT Cancer Registry 
Health Economics 
Health Gains Factsheets 


Health Gains Planning Branch
Level 2, Health House
87 Mitchell Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: (08) 8985 8074

Last updated: 20 January 2017