Communicable Diseases

Notifications of certain communicable diseases and conditions from doctors, laboratories, hospitals, schools and child care centres are actively followed up with clinicians and clients to reduce the risk of these diseases within the Hunter New England area.

Monthly Communicable Diseases Report

This report provides an overview of the latest communicable disease activity in the Hunter NewEngland region and an update on emerging diseases. Current and past reports can be found here.

Conditions of particular interest for the month ofJune 2016 are:

  • Influenza and respiratory infection
  • Advice for people travelling overseas
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Invasive meningococcal disease
  • HIV
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Recent changes to hepatitis C treatment and management
  • ‘Lets Talk About Antibiotics’ and updated antibiograms
  • Immunisation News
  • Communicable disease notifications

Work in this area

The Public Health Act2010 specifies certain conditions are to be notified to Public Health Units. HNEPH public health response is to assist in preventing, protecting and controlling diseases in HNE as directed by NSW Health. Each case is entered into the NSW Health Notifiable Diseases Database. Privacy is protected under the Public Health Act 2010, which:

  • Allows for the collection of information about notifiable diseases
  • Requires notifiers to forward certain information to Public Health Units without necessarily seeking patient consent. However, it is recommended that a patient be so informed.
  • Prevents Public Health Units from releasing information that might identify individuals to anyone in the follow-up of cases. Some information may be released by a Court Order.

Updates of Notifiable Diseases are published monthly and show the:

  • Number of cases in HNE notified by disease for the stated month
  • Total number of cases in HNE notified by disease for the current year
  • Number of cases in HNE notified for the previous 4 years for the same period up to the month stated, called Year-to-Date (YTD)
  • Total number of cases of notifiable conditions in NSW for YTD and the previous year

The numbers in the table do not represent all notifiable diseases in the community, as not all diseases are detected and so are not reported. Diseases are different in nature and can occur at different times of the year, explaining variations in the numbers. Retrospective updating of data occurs with late notifications. For information on the table please contact HNE Population Health.

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