Notify anaphylaxis now

Notification of  anaphylaxis applies to Victorian public and private hospitals.

All anaphylaxis cases presenting to hospital for treatment should be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services via the online notification form (available 24/7). Click the link below to notify now.

Hospitals notify anaphylaxis now

Notify coronavirus (COVID-19) now

Notification of coronavirus (COVID-19) applies to Medical practitioners and/or pathology services. 

All confirmed cases should be reported to the Department of Health and Human services via the online notification form or by calling 1300 651 160 (24 hours a day). 

Notify an infectious disease or medical condition now

Notification of an infectious disease or medical condition applies to  Medical practitioners and/or pathology services.

Expand a condition below to see the notifications requirements, links to notify now and further information.

Notifiable conditions

Please note: 
  • Reference to coded information - to preclude identification of the patient, coded information is provided for this condition. See Notification procedures.
  • Reference to authorised method - laboratories may send reports via Australia Post to 'Department of Health and Human Services, Reply Paid 65937, Melbourne VIC 8060' (no stamp required) or via an established electronic reporting channel.

Notify a micro-organism detection/isolation in food or water

Applies to: Laboratory services and proprietors of food premises or food vending machines (FP/FVM)

Expand a micro-organism below to see the notifications requirements, links to notify now and further information.

 

Notify a micro-organism detection/isolation in food or water now

  • Campylobacter spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Cryptosporidium spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Cyclospora spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Giardia cysts - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Hepatitis A - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Listeria monocytogenes - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Norovirus - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Salmonella spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Shigatoxin and verotoxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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  • Vibrio spp. - Urgent

    Laboratory services

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

    Proprietors of food premises or food vending machines 

    When

    Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department's Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

    How Food: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Food Safety Unit on 1300 364 352 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Food Safety Unit at notifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form
    Water: Urgent notification by telephone to the department’s Water Unit on 1300 761 874 when a notifiable micro-organism is isolated or detected as soon as practicable and within 24 hours. Written notification must follow within 1 day to the Water Unit at water@dhhs.vic.gov.au. Download the Notifiable micro-organisms form

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About notifying infectious diseases, conditions and micro-organisms

The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires that prescribed conditions and micro-organisms are notified to the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about notifying, see Notification procedures.

The law exists to monitor and control the occurrence of infectious diseases and other specified conditions, and helps to prevent further illness. The aim is to protect the health and safety of the community.

The online notification forms are hosted by the Commonwealth Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The online forms allow you to save partially completed forms. The information you provide in these forms is protected and only visible by authorised staff within the department.

Important: conditions marked 'urgent' require notification to the department by telephone as soon as practicable, and in any case, no later than within 24 hours (contact details provided per condition or micro-organism above).

Urgent and emerging public health concerns

Section 55 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 provides the general authority for medical practitioners to provide the department with any case information that relates to an urgent or serious potential public health risk. Within this authority, medical practitioners are able to highlight at risk cases, or cases with an importance to public health that are only required to be notified by pathology services, such as those with high risk occupations. Examples may include a cluster of severe respiratory disease, a cluster of severe unexplained illness, or illness from suspected exposure to a serious hazard.

The authority provides an additional line of communication and much needed link between medical practitioners, as the day-to-day 'eyes and ears' of the Victorian health system, and the department. The authority may also be utilised for emerging conditions (identified by the Chief Health Officer or nationally) and increases the sensitivity of the Victorian surveillance system in an era of increasing emerging infections.

Please telephone the department on 1300 651160 (24/7) to speak to a public health officer about an urgent or emerging public health concern.