Communicable diseases in Australia
Find out about diseases of concern in Australia, and frameworks and laws around managing diseases.
What we do
Discover our role in preventing, monitoring and managing communicable diseases in Australia.
Programs and initiatives
We fund programs and initiatives to reduce the impact of communicable diseases on Australia.
Who we work with
Several key committees and networks help us with our work on communicable diseases.
Nationally notifiable diseases
Health authorities report over 70 communicable diseases to us so we can track what is happening nationwide and respond to any outbreaks.
Our National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System tracks these diseases.
Communicable Diseases Intelligence journal
This scientific journal publishes information about communicable diseases in Australia:
- how often and where diseases occur
- how many cases we have
- methods to prevent diseases
- methods to control outbreaks.
Series of National Guidelines (SoNGs)
These guidelines give nationally consistent advice to public health units about how to respond to notifiable diseases.
The Communicable Diseases Network Australia produces these SoNGs.
We support networks to develop case definitions for health professionals to use when diagnosing notifiable diseases. See our collections of:
- surveillance case definition documents, from the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA)
- laboratory case definition documents, from the Public Health Laboratory Network (PHLN).