Controlling and preventing infectious diseases
The Communicable Diseases Team (CDC) undertakes a range of activities related to the surveillance, investigation and control of infectious diseases. Notifications of specific notifiable conditions are received from doctors, laboratories, hospitals, schools and childcare centres. CDC also provides support and advice about non-notifiable diseases that may pose significant risks to public health.
Notification of diseases allows our staff to work with other health workers to ensure appropriate public health measures are taken, preventing further spread of disease, and to identify a disease source. CDC provides information to doctors, childcare centres, schools and members of the community on public health aspects of infectious diseases, childhood and adult immunisation, guidelines for exclusion from childcare, school or work.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by infection with the bacteria (germ) Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. TB can damage a person’s lungs or other parts of the body and cause serious illness. Health care providers are encouraged to refer persons with signs and/or symptoms of TB for specialist consultation. Free treatment of TB is accessed through TB Services. Specialist TB clinicians are available to liaise with General Practitioners (GPs) and other health care providers. Regular TB testing clinics are held at Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange.
There are Public Health Offices located in Bathurst and Dubbo who can provide more information. The Public Health Offices can be contacted by phoning 1300 066 055.