Outbreaks within Aged Care Facilities

The North Coast Public Health Unit is available to assist Aged Care Facilities with outbreaks of infectious diseases and other public health matters.

Chief Executive Officers (CEO), Managers and Healthcare providers within aged care facilities have responsibilities under the Public Health Act 2010 to report cases of notifiable diseases. Reporting should be directed to the Public Health Officer at your nearest Public Health on 1300 066 055 during business hours or the on call Officer on 0439 882 752 after hours.

The Public Health Act 2010 aims to improve infectious disease control in NSW through improved disease notification procedures. Your local Public Health Unit should be notified at the first suspicion of any presumed infectious disease outbreaks. At all times receiving Hospitals and the Ambulance Services should be advised prior to the transferring of presumed infectious residents.

We recommend that you contact the Public Health Unit immediately upon identification of the second case of a presumed infectious disease within your facility. Naturally, appropriate infection control practices should be implemented immediately in all instances of presumed infectious disease.

There are a number of excellent resouces available to guide response to outbreaks, notification procedures and the role of the Public Health Unit, these include: