Data Source: Vic Gov- Communicable Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Section
Description: Infectious diseases and other conditions of concern still occur frequently throughout the world, so 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. Notification is vital in efforts to prevent or control the spread of infection and to prevent further harmful exposures. Notifiable conditions are specified in Schedule 4 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009 and are divided into four groups on the basis of the method of notification and the information required.
In Victoria, the Department of Health conducts surveillance on infectious diseases to pinpoint outbreaks and to prevent the spread of infection. Notifications of conditions from medical practitioners and laboratories are the fundamental component of the surveillance. For some conditions, investigation is initiated on the basis of clinical suspicion in the absence of laboratory confirmation. The investigations may include contacting cases to obtain more detailed information. Note – the Department will not contact the patient without first seeking the consent of the notifying doctor.
Topic: infectious diseases including BBVs and STIs

Coverage: LGA, State regional, Vic summaries
Last updated: Updated monthly
Next update due:
Notes: Data provided in PDF documents

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