Our infectious disease service
Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi and can cause illness that may require urgent public health intervention to reduce the spread of infection.
Infectious diseases can be spread from a person or the environment and it’s important we act quickly should there be an outbreak of an infectious disease.
If you think you have been exposed to an infectious disease, please seek medical attention. NSW Health provide A – Z fact sheets on infectious diseases that can provide the most up-to-date information for you.
Our services are aimed at helping to manage infectious disease outbreaks should they occur. We also provide services to you if you are experiencing health concerns as a result of an infectious disease.
Infectious disease control
For all enquiries regarding an infectious disease or to report a notifiable infectious disease phone 1300 066 055 to speak to a surveillance officer. We offer a 24-hour service.
Our service helps manage infectious disease outbreaks and provides education and advice. We can assist by providing:
- a surveillance officer who can advise how to minimise the spread of infection
- we investigate and monitor infectious disease outbreaks
- we identify the source of the outbreak
- we follow up and ensure ongoing monitoring
- we provide expert advice on the control of these infectious disease outbreaks to doctors, schools, healthcare workers, other agencies and to the public.
Notifiable infectious diseases
The Public Health Act 2010 requires that certain medical conditions be notified to public health authorities in NSW.
For further information regarding the infectious diseases that are notifiable from a doctor or hospital staff please refer to Disease notifiable guideline.
Information for GPs - Infectious disease control
Our Public Health Unit (PHU) has created a range of resources for general practitioners to support them in case of suspected infectious disease.
These presentations have information about notifiable infectious diseases and the role the PHU team play in supporting GPs.