Notifiable diseases

What is a notifiable disease?

There are certain diseases that require not just individual treatment, but also a community response, e.g swine flu. The government has defined which conditions have to be communicated to the local Public Health Unit (PHU), these are called notifiable diseases. The NSW Department of Health specifies the communication “notification” obligations on Doctors, Hospitals, Laboratories, Schools and Child care centres. Students or staff members concerned about any public health matters should inform the University Health Service unihealth[at]unsw.edu[dot]au. Members of the general public can also contact the local public health unit for advice.

Follow this link fact sheets about infectious diseases: Fact Sheets Notifiable Diseases

Contacting the local Public Health Unit

The most likely diseases that would be apparent in a College or campus environment before a patient sees a doctor would be an outbreak of gastroenteritis, food-borne illness or flu-like illness. Students, staff and colleges can contact this public health unit directly.

South Eastern Sydney / Illawarra AHS Public Health Unit

Public Health Unit

Contact Details

After Hours Contact

Randwick Office

Locked Bag 88, Randwick 2031 Ph: 9382 8333 Fax: 02 9382 8334 / 8314

Ph: 02 9382 2222 (Prince of Wales Hospital) - ask for Public Health Nurse on call