Preparing and responding to disease outbreaks

This site is relevant to all residential care facilities (RCFs) and child care facilities (CCFs) preparing for potential disease outbreaks such as respiratory, including influenza and gastroenteritis.

Respiratory illness outbreaks

Historically, New South Wales experiences the peak of the influenza season in August, September and October. Individuals aged 65 years of age and older are especially vulnerable to serious complications from infectious diseases. Residents of RCFs may be at particular risk due to chronic medical conditions, living in a closed environment and having less responsive immune systems than younger people. It is, therefore, essential that RCFs have a plan in place outlining how to manage outbreaks.

Gastroenteritis outbreaks

Gastroenteritis in an institution is a notifiable condition under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW). Gastroenteritis has no specific seasonal pattern. Residents of RCFs and children attending CCFs are particularly vulnerable. The resources have been developed to help manage gastroenteritis in these settings.