The Public Health Act 2010​​​​ requires that certain medical conditions be notified to public health authorities in NSW. This page is primarily concerned with the infectious diseases and conditions (including elevated blood lead levels) which are required to be notified to to the relevant NSW public health unit​​​​​.

A number of other medical conditions are also required to be notified under the Public Health Act 2010. See Schedule 1 Scheduled medical conditions and Schedule 2 Notifiable diseases​​​​ for the full list of notifiable conditions.

There are different requirements for infectious disease notifications from medical practitioners and hospital chief executives, from pathology laboratories, and from 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.

Notifiers and patients should note that all notifications are kept strictly confidential. Please see the  Notification of Scheduled Medical Conditions and Australian Privacy Principles factsheet for further information.

Medical practitioners and hospital chief executives

Medical practitioners and Hospitals Chief Executives are required to report notifiable conditions to their local public health unit (PHU) on the basis of reasonable clinical suspicion. Case notification should be initiated within 24 hours of diagnosis.

For further information on which conditions are required to be notified to the PHU refer to the Disease Notification Guideline for Doctors and Disease Notification Guideline for Hospitals .

How to notify

  1. Download the  Doctor/Hospital notification form or a disease-specific notification form (see under Notification Forms)
  2. Send in the completed form to the local PHU
  3. Also notify the PHU by phone if the notifiable disease is followed by a phone icon  - call 1300 066 055

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.

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

How to notify

  1. Laboratories should provide information specified in the Laboratory notification form
  2. Notify the PHU either in writing to the local PHU or by electronic laboratory notification to the Notifiable Conditions Information System (NCIMS).
  3. Also notify the PHU by phone if the notifia​ble disease is followed by a phone icon  - call 1300 066 055

Primary schools and child care centres

Primary School Principals and Directors of Child Care Centres should notify their local public health unit (PHU) by phone (call 1300 066 055) 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 ​

Primary School Principals and Directors of Child Care Centres are also encouraged to seek advice from their local PHU 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: Tuesday 17 May 2016