The Public Health Act 2010 requires that certain medical conditions be notified to the Director-General, NSW Ministry of Health. This includes diseases and conditions which should be notified to the local Public Health Unit by:

Medical Practitioners | Pathology Laboratories​ | Hospitals | Primary Schools and Child Care Centres​

The Public Health Act 2010 also allows for Medical Practitioners and pathology laboratories to make a notification if they believe a patient is suffering from another medical condition or disease that may pose a significant risk to public health.

Also note: A number of other medical conditions are also required to be notified under the Public Health Act 2010. For more information see the Disease notification for doctors, hospitals and laboratories information sheet.

All notifications are strictly confidential.

Notification process for Medical Practitioners and Hospitals

Medical practitioners and Hospitals are required to report notifiable conditions to the Public Health Units on the basis of reasonable clinical suspicion.

Case notification should be initiated within 24 hours of diagnosis

  1. Download the Doctor/Hospital notification form and complete
  2. Notify the PHU by phone if the notifiable disease is followed by a phone icon
  3. Send in the form to the PHU

For further information on which conditions are required to be notified to your Public Health Unit refer to the Disease Notification Guideline for Doctors [PDF] and Disease Notification Guideline for Hospitals [PDF].

Notification process for Pathology Laboratories

Laboratories are required to notify a positive result for the specified infectious diseases and medical conditions. Notification allows for public health action to manage these conditions and to control the spread of diseases.

Case notification should be initiated within 24 hours of diagnosis

  1. Laboratories should provide information specified in the Laboratory notification form
  2. Notify the PHU by phone if the notifia​ble disease is followed by a phone icon
  3. Notify the PHU in writing.

For further information on which conditions are required to be notified to your Public Health Unit refer to the Disease Notification Guideline for Laboratories [PDF].

Notification process for Primary Schools and Child Care Centres

Primary School Principals and Directors of Child Care Centres should notify their local Public Health Unit by phone as soon as possible after they are made aware that a child enrolled at the school or facility is suffering from one of the following vaccine preventable diseases:

  • Diphtheria
  • Mumps
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Rubella ("German measles")​
  • Measles ​
  • Pertussis ("whooping cough"​)
  • Tetanus ​

School Principals and Directors of Child Care Centres are also encouraged to seek advice from their local Public Health Unit when they suspect an infectious disease outbreak is affecting their school or centre, such as outbreaks of a gastrointestinal or respiratory illness.

For further information on Childhood infectious diseases, please refer to the 5th edition of Staying healthy – Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services

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Page Updated: Friday 30 January 2015