Critical Intelligence Unit

The Critical Intelligence Unit (CIU) was established by the NSW Health Secretary to provide rapid, evidence-based advice specifically to support and inform decision making during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CIU is led by Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque and reports to the Secretary as Incident Controller.


The CIU provides information to the Secretary, ensuring relevant and mutually beneficial intelligence is shared across Incident Controller, PHEOC, SHEOC, Clinical Council, LHDs and clinical Communities of Practice.

It is focused on integrating, interpreting and advising on real-time data, including:

  • pandemic epidemiology data
  • the operations of the hospital and health system
  • clinical advice generated through Communities of Practice
  • review of the grey and peer-reviewed literature trends in other countries and jurisdictions on the progression of the pandemic.

The CIU will scan emerging evidence locally, nationally and internationally to highlight areas for consideration in NSW. It produces outputs with rapid turn-around times.

 Daily evidence alerts

You can find the current Daily Evidence Digest on the Agency for Clinical Innovation website.

See the Daily Evidence Archive for past alerts.