#18 Changes to Victorian notifiable conditions

6 August 2018

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has recently reviewed the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations in relation to the specific infectious diseases and medical conditions that must be notified by medical practitioners and pathology services in Victoria. A public consultation on the review was conducted in September and October last year. The feedback received from stakeholders across the sector was valuable and helped shape the new regulations.

The regulations have now been changed to reduce the notification workload for medical practitioners, streamline reporting and modernise the scheme. The total number of conditions that medical practitioners are required to notify has been reduced and the requirement for medical practitioners to provide written follow up for ‘urgent’ (formerly ‘Group A’) conditions has been removed.

A number of minor changes have been made in relation to the conditions that pathology services are required to notify, including the addition of rotavirus as a notifiable condition. Due to the vital data provided by laboratory reports, pathology services will still be required to provide written notification for all conditions.

The new regulations commence on 1 September 2018.

Full details on the changes are available HERE.

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