The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is proposing changes to the prescribed notifiable conditions in the public health and wellbeing legislation.
Medical practitioners and laboratories in a range of settings – including public and private hospitals, primary and community health, private practice and commercial pathology services – are required to notify specific cases of infectious disease and other medical conditions to the department. These notifications protect the health of Victorians as they allow the department to control public health risks, minimise the spread of disease and monitor disease patterns.
The proposed changes aim to streamline reporting and modernise the scheme.
The department is seeking feedback on the proposed changes until 6 October 2017. Visit www.engage.vic.gov.au/notifiableconditions for more information.