Diagnosing nationally notifiable diseases

We publish disease surveillance and laboratory case definitions to help health professionals diagnose and analyse nationally notifiable diseases.

Surveillance case definitions

Health professionals use surveillance case definitions to decide whether to notify us of a case. The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) develops surveillance case definitions.

CDNA surveillance case definitions

This collection contains surveillance case definition documents for nationally notifiable diseases within Australia. The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) created these definitions to help health professionals decide whether to notify authorities of a case.

Laboratory case definitions

The Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN) is a group of laboratories that work together to provide services in public health microbiology.

It develops and publishes a list of laboratory case definitions to help diagnose and analyse nationally notifiable diseases.

PHLN laboratory staff use laboratory case definitions to determine if the disease is present in a sample.

Laboratory case definitions help ensure that pathology and laboratory resources are used efficiently for surveillance and responding to outbreaks of diseases of national concern.

PHLN laboratory case definitions

This collection contains laboratory case definition documents for the diagnosis of key diseases in Australia. The Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN) created these definitions for laboratory staff to use when determining if one of these diseases is present in a sample.

Last updated: 
12 July 2022

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