Infectious diseases and other conditions of concern still occur frequently throughout the world. Constant vigilance is required to prevent the reappearance of diseases and conditions thought to have been conquered.
Changes in lifestyle have also led to the emergence of new threats to public health from infection. Health authorities depend on both medical practitioners and laboratories for information on the incidence of these conditions. In Victoria, the department conducts daily surveillance on infectious diseases to pinpoint outbreaks and to prevent the spread of infection.
The department provides guidelines and advice to health professionals about infectious diseases, including:
- Guidelines for management and control of infectious diseases.
- Requirements and procedures for notifying infectious diseases and other conditions.
- Surveillance reports reports and data for Victoria and various local areas (updated daily).
Public health priorities
A number of priority projects are currently underway including:
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Disease information and management
Victorian-specific information about the prevention and control of infectious diseases.
A-Z of disease information and advice
Doctors and laboratories are required to notify the department of certain infectious diseases and conditions.
Prevention and control guidelines have been developed for a range of issues including:
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Gastroenteritis outbreaks – best practice guidance to manage outbreaks in care facilities, children’s services centres, camps and food premises.
Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019 guide the protection of public health and wellbeing.
Notification procedures for infectious diseases
In Victoria, doctors and laboratories are required to notify certain infectious diseases and other conditions. Specific notification procedures must be followed.
Notifiable infectious diseases, conditions and micro-organisms
Prescribed conditions and micro-organisms that are to be notified to the Department of Health.
Protecting patient privacy in Victoria
Doctors must notify the department of certain infectious diseases. They must also inform the patient that their information is being shared.
Disease information and advice
A-Z list of blue book diseases with descriptions, notification requirements, school exclusions and management guidelines.
Infection control guidelines
Prevention and control guidelines for health care facilities, business and local government including , gastro and respiratory outbreaks, and infection control.
Reviewed 17 November 2022