The Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis, last reviewed in 2010, are being revised. The revised guidelines will be updated with current best practice infection control recommendations as well as further detail covering the investigation of sporadic cases of gastroenteritis and food or water borne outbreak investigations.
A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in care facilities provides industry professionals with information to assist in the investigation of outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness in care facilities under the provisions of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
Information about changes in the guidelines are provided in the Summary of changes document, as well as in the updated draft document A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis in care facilities. Both of these documents are located in the Document Library below.
Who should participate in this survey?
Responses are sought from infection control practitioners, health care industry professionals, aged care industry professionals, and any other staff in other residential care facilities and local government Environmental Health Officers.
How can you participate?
We welcome feedback on the draft industry guide for care facilities. We invite you to read the draft guide and other materials in the Document Library, then answer the questions in the survey below.
Where can you get more information?
If you have any questions or want to learn more about the project, please email Kaye Sturge at:
Please include “Gastro Guidelines” in the subject line.
Privacy collection notice
The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. The department collects your responses to this stakeholder consultation survey for the purposes of informing the review of the Guidelines for the Investigation of Gastroenteritis and industry specific supporting documents, aiming to meet the specific needs of each stakeholder group in the management and investigation of gastroenteritis in Victoria.
In order to conduct a comprehensive review of the guidelines, we may share your de-identified responses in an aggregated format as feedback on the review process with external parties such as Local Government.
If you do not provide us with the information requested in this survey we will not be able to address whether we have fully met the needs of the targeted audience or identified any gaps in our review.
Providing an email address will be voluntary should you wish to "stay up to date" with the guideline review process. This email address will be stored separately to your survey responses so your individual responses will be anonymous.
You may access your information that you provide to the department. The department can be contacted on 1300651160 or firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact the department’s Information Sharing and Privacy team by emailing email@example.com.