Communicable diseases in Australia
What we do
Programs and initiatives
Who we work with
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).