The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires that both medical practitioners and pathology services notify the Department of Health and Human Services of specific cases of infectious diseases and other medical conditions. This is referred to as ‘dual notification’.

Streamlining this process for some conditions may help doctors focus on the most important public health issues. Other changes have also been identified to modernise the scheme.

It is important to regularly update public health practices to provide Victorians with a health system that best serves the community.

The consultation period has now closed. The department is currently considering all feedback received and determining the next steps in the project.