Important NEW information about disease notification

Important NEW information about disease notification

07 February 2013

The NSW Public Health Act 2010 and Public Health Regulations 2012 commenced on 1 September 2012.

Check the website for the updated list of notifiable conditions and notification forms

www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Pages/notification.aspx

Key points:

  • The NSW Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012 commenced on 1 September 2010. Further information about the Act and the Regulation is available at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/phact
  • Medical Practitioners and Hospitals are required to notify certain infectious diseases and medical conditions to Public Health on the basis of reasonable clinical suspicion.
  • Laboratories are required to notify a positive result for specified infectious disease and medical conditions.
  • Notification allows for public health action to manage these conditions and control the spread of diseases.
  • A new provision in the Public Health Act allows for medical practitioners and pathology laboratories to make a notification if they believe a patient is suffering from another medical condition or disease not included in the notifiable conditions schedule that may pose a significant risk to public health.

Conditions for notification and updated forms are available at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/Pages/notification.aspx

It is important that relevant staff are aware of their responsibilities under the Public Health Act.

For further information, please contact your Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

Thank you for your assistance with public health measures which contribute to the health of the people of NSW.

Professor Wayne Smith, A/Director, Health Practitioner NSW

22 January 2013