The Public Health Act 2010 (legislation) require that certain infectious diseases or medical conditions be notified to the local Public Health Unit by doctors, laboratories, hospitals, aged care facilities, schools and child care centres. Information on infectious diseases or medical conditions to be notified is available here.
The team follow-up these notifications according to the NSW Public Health Unit Control Guidelines. You may be contacted to assist the team in investigating these notifications and implementing preventative or therapeutic measures.
If you wish to make a disease notification or report an unusual disease outbreak, you can contact the Communicable Diseases team on 9840 3603.
Current warnings about public health risk of infectious diseases is available on the NSW Health Infectious Disease - Alerts website.
More information for clinicians and other professionals including clinician alerts, reports and surveillance date and Public Health Unit contact details are available on the NSW Health Infectious Diseases website.
The Communicable Disease team is available to assist you and your staff in managing and controlling outbreaks of diseases within your facility. To report an outbreak or for more information call the team on 9840 3603.
Useful links for childcare facilities:
The Communicable Disease team is available to assist you and your staff in managing and controlling outbreaks of diseases within your facility.
To report an outbreak or for more information call the team on 9840 3603.
Aged Care Facilities in NSW are required to notify gastroenteritis in an institution among people of any age, and food borne illness in 2 or more related cases, to their local Public Health Unit (PHU) under the Australian Aged Care Act 1997.
Useful links for on managing gastroenteritis outbreaks within Aged Care Facilities:
Outbreaks of respiratory illness especially influenza affect many residential care facilities every year, causing illness amongst residents and staff. Minimise the impact of influenza outbreaks by being prepared and implementing outbreak control measures early.
Useful links for managing respiratory and influenza, including resources and posters, within Aged Care Facilities: