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.

The guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis provide industry professionals with information to assist in the investigation of outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness in care facilities, children’s services centres, camp facilities, food premises and the investigation of notifiable enteric diseases 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 Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis for Environmental Health Officers. Both of these documents are located in the Document Library below.

Who should participate in this survey?

Responses are sought from Local Government Environmental Health Officers and DHHS Divisional Health Protection Officers.

How can you participate?

We welcome feedback on the draft guidelines including the appendices. We invite you to read the draft guidelines and the other materials located 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 of your email.


Q1. Which best describes your interest in these guidelines? Required
Q2. Were you aware of the "Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis for Environmental Health Officers" before this consultation process?
Q3. Is the information provided in the "Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis for Environmental Health Officers" useful to your role?
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Q4. Do you feel there is any information or topics missing from the guidelines that we should include?
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Q5. When reading the revised guidelines did you find them easy to understand?
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It would be helpful if referring to a particular section to include the appropriate subsection or paragraph and provide alternative wording where possible.

Q7. Would you be interested in attending training on how to investigate food-borne outbreaks, if it was available?
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The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

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.

For further information, please refer to the department’s privacy policy or visit our website on https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/publications/privacy-policy

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 infectious.diseases@dhhs.vic.gov.au or you may contact the department’s Information Sharing and Privacy team by emailing privacy@dhhs.vic.gov.au.