Overview

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.

The department has prepared a discussion paper that outlines these proposed changes. All medical practitioners, pathology groups, associated peak bodies and relevant interest groups are encouraged to provide feedback by making a submission.

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



How to make a submission

Consultation on the proposed changes to the reporting requirements for notifiable conditions is open until 5pm Friday 6 October 2017.

There are three ways you can make a submission:

Notifiable Conditions Review
Health Protection Branch
Department of Health and Human Services
GPO Box 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3000


Make an online submission

Please read the discussion paper before making an online submission, as it provides important information regarding the proposed changes to the notification requirements.

It will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete the online submission.


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Please provide your name and email address if you are happy for us to contact you regarding your submission, or you would like to receive a copy of your submission.

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Questions about the proposal to require notifications solely from pathology services (and not medical practitioners) for certain conditions.

1. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of Barmah Forest virus infection? Required
2. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of Ross River virus infection? Required
3. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of arbovirus (other arbovirus infections)? Required
4. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of Chlamydia trachomatis infection? Required
5. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of gonococcal infection? Required
6. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of influenza? Required
7. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of campylobacteriosis? Required
8. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of leptospirosis? Required
9. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of psittacosis? Required
10. Do you support a shift to requiring only pathology services (and not medical practitioners) to notify cases of blood lead >5ug/dL? Required
11. Do the assumptions for estimating the time and cost savings associated with the proposed changes in Table 1 of the discussion paper seem reasonable?


Questions about other proposed changes to modernise the notifications scheme.

13. Do you support simplifying the grouping of prescribed notifiable conditions from four groups (A, B, C and D) to two groups ('urgent' - comprising all Group A conditions, and 'routine' - comprising Group B, C and D conditions)? Required
14. Do you support removing the requirement for medical practitioners to follow up telephone notification of current 'Group A' conditions (or 'urgent' conditions) with written notification? Required
15. Do you support reducing the time frame for written notification from 5 days to 3 days, for both medical practitioners and pathology services? Required
16. Do you support the addition of rotavirus as a 'Group B' (or 'routine') notifiable condition for pathology services only? Required
17. Do you support the reclassification of Chikungunya virus infection from a 'Group A' (or 'urgent') to a 'Group B' (or 'routine') condition? Required
18. Do you support the reclassification of listeriosis from a 'Group B' (or 'routine') to a 'Group A' (or 'urgent') condition? Required
19. Do you support the removal of AIDS as a notifiable condition? Required
20. Do you support the removal of hepatitis viral (not further specified) as a notifiable condition? Required
21. Do you support using a general authority to allow medical practitioners and pathology services to provide the department with any information that relates to a potential public health risk? For example this might include an unusual disease cluster. Required