Notification of infectious diseases and related conditions

Any medical practitioner or nurse practitioner attending a patient whom he/she knows or suspects has a notifiable infectious disease or a related condition has a legal obligation to report the diagnosis to the Western Australian Department of Health.

If analysis of a sample undertaken at a pathology laboratory indicates that the patient from whom the sample was taken has or had a notifiable infectious disease, the responsible pathologist of that pathology laboratory also has a legal obligation to report the diagnosis to the Department of Health.

Notifiable infectious diseases (including those defined in the Act as “venereal diseases”) and related conditions are notifiable under the Health Act 1911 (external site).

A-Z list of notifiable infectious diseases and related conditions

* Diseases marked with an asterisk require urgent telephone notification. See 'How to notify' below for contact details.

Case definitions of notifiable infectious diseases and related conditions (Word 1.3 MB)

Relevant legislation

The statutory requirement to notify communicable diseases is specified in the Health Act 1911 (external site), within Parts IX, X and XI.

The requirement to notify related non-infectious ‘prescribed conditions of health’ is specified in Part IXA of the Health Act 1911 and subsidiary regulations.

Responsibility for notification

The medical practitioner or nurse practitioner who attends the patient is responsible for notification.

In situations where two or more practitioners may be involved in a patient’s management and it is not clear if the case has already been notified, the case should be reported.

Pathologists responsible for pathology laboratories where cases of notifiable infectious diseases are diagnosed are also responsible for notification.

Notification by attending medical and/or nurse practitioners and laboratories is important to ensure complete ascertainment of cases and because the information available from the two sources is complementary. This ensures optimal ascertainment of all cases. Duplicate checking procedures by the Department will detect any multiple notifications.

How to notify

Report all cases of notifiable infectious diseases and conditions residing in the Perth Metropolitan area to the:

  • Communicable Disease Control Directorate
    Phone: 9388 4852
    After hours emergency phone: 9328 0553
    Fax: 9388 4848
    Postal address:PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
    Email cdc@health.wa.gov.au

Cases residing in regional areas should be notified to the appropriate regional Public Health Unit (Healthy WA).

Special arrangements

Intussusception

Report all cases to:

  • Communicable Disease Control Directorate
    Phone: 9388 4852
    After hours emergency phone: 9328 0553
    Fax: 9388 4848
    Postal address: PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
    Email cdc@health.wa.gov.au

Acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease

Report all cases to:

  • Kimberley Public Health Unit 
    Phone: 9194 1630
    Fax: 9194 1631
    Postal address: PO Box 525, Broome WA 6725

Infectious diseases and conditions requiring urgent telephone notification

Those infectious diseases marked with an asterisk symbol * in the A-Z list should be notified by telephone to the Communicable Disease Control Directorate or the appropriate Regional Public Health Unit urgently (generally within a few hours of first suspicion of diagnosis).

This is necessary because these diseases may require urgent public health action, including investigation to determine the source, contact tracing, and provision of immuno- or chemo-prophylaxis to contacts.

In addition, telephone notification is requested where:

  • a medical practitioner is aware of two or more linked cases of probable food-borne disease
  • an enteric infection (for example Salmonella or Campylobacter infection) is diagnosed in a food handler, health professional or child-care worker.

Other infectious diseases and conditions

Those diseases or prescribed conditions that do not require urgent telephone notification can be notified by post, telephone or facsimile, preferably within 24 hours of confirmation of diagnosis.

Notification forms

The information that should be notified is specified in the appropriate Department notification form

For some diseases (for example hepatitis C, gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease) additional information such as risk factors and antibiotic sensitivities are collected subsequent to the original notification using forms specific for each disease.

Public health staff coordinate collection of these enhanced surveillance data and contact doctors, laboratories and/or patients, as appropriate.

Please select the most appropriate form:

Hardcopies of the notification forms and packages are available from the Communicable Disease Control Directorate or your regional Public Health Unit.

For some diseases (for example hepatitis C, gonorrhoea, tuberculosis, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease) additional information such as risk factors and antibiotic sensitivities are collected subsequent to the original notification using forms specific for each disease. Public health staff coordinate the collection of the enhanced surveillance data and contact doctors, laboratories and/or patients, as appropriate.

More information 

For more information regarding any of the above notifications, case management or contact tracing please contact the Communicable Disease Control Directorate or your regional Public Health Unit (Healthy WA).

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