Key messages

  • Some gastroenteritis outbreaks may be investigated.
  • The Guidelines for the investigation of gastrointestinal illness and the accompanying guides help investigators investigate a number of infectious diseases caused by gastroenteritis.
  • Specific guidelines are available for children’s service centres, camp facilities, and aged care, health care and related facilities.

The Guidelines for the investigation of gastrointestinal illness and the accompanying guides have been produced for those involved in the investigation of a number of infectious diseases caused by gastroenteritis.

The publication guides investigators from the time the incident is detected, through the investigational requirements, to the implementation of control measures.

The guidelines’ contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Single incidents of gastroenteritis
  • Gastroenteritis outbreak investigation
  • Controlling outbreaks of gastroenteritis
  • Laboratory testing during outbreaks and sporadic case investigation
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices.

Gastroenteritis outbreak investigations – full document

Parts 1 and 2: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis

Part 3: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis

Part 4: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis

Part 5: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis

Part 6: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis

Bibliography and appendices: Guidelines for the investigation of gastroenteritis

Industry-specific guides

Industry specific guides have been written for proprietors and managers to assist them in the process of notifying and managing gastroenteritis outbreaks.

A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in aged care, special care, health care and residential care facilities

A guide to for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in children's centres

A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in camp facilities

If you suspect that a gastrointestinal outbreak is occurring at your facility refer to the guide for help and advice.

Gastrointestinal outbreaks – forms

Sample and specimen collection request form

Case questionnaires:

Outbreak notification – information collection form – camp

Outbreak notification – information collection form – care facility

Outbreak notification – information collection form – child care facility

Outbreak management checklist

Outbreak case list camp facility – ill attendees/staff

Outbreak case list care facility – ill residents/patients/staff

Outbreak case list child care facility – ill children/staff

Gastro outbreak onsite assessment

Contact details