Notification of infectious diseases and related conditions

On 29 January 2020, ‘Human coronavirus with pandemic potential’ was declared an urgently notifiable disease under Part 9 of the Public Health Act 2016. This includes notification of confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV). 

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 may have 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 and related conditions are notifiable under the Public Health Act 2016 (external site)and the Public Health Regulations 2017.

‚ÄčCase definitions of notifiable_infectious_diseases and related_conditions (Word 912 KB)

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.


Notification forms

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

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.

How to notify

Cases of notifiable infectious diseases can be notified by mail, fax or phone:

By mail:

For cases residing in the Perth metropolitan area, please post the notification form to:
Communicable Disease Control Directorate
PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre WA 6849
For cases residing in regional areas, please post the notification form to the appropriate regional Public Health Unit

OR

By fax:

Please fax the notification form to the Communicable Disease Control Directorate (Perth metropolitan area) on 08 9222 0254 or the appropriate regional Public Health Unit

OR

For diseases that require urgent notification, notify by phone:

Notify diseases marked with a blue phone icon on the notification form, immediately by phone:
  • During office hours, Monday-Friday: Phone the Communicable Disease Control Directorate (metropolitan area) on 08 9222 0255 or the appropriate regional Public Health Unit
  • After hours and weekends: please telephone the on-call Public Health Physician, via the Department of Health Duty Officer, on 08 9328 0553

 

Relevant legislation

The statutory requirement to notify communicable diseases and related conditions is specified in the Public Health Act 2016 (Part 9) (external site)and the Public Health Regulations 2017.

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.


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.