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A to Z listing of each disease aimed at GPs, Hospital Doctors and Health Professionals including notifiable diseases hotline number, case definitions, FAQs, Information for Public Health Action and Exclusion times for patients
Topics Homepage Data and statistics Epidemiology
Epidemiology is the study of distribution and cause of disease and illness at a population level and the application of this study is the control of health problems.
The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit oversees WA Health's responsibilities in the application of health resources in a disaster.
Local government: Preparation and recovery
Information to assist Local Government, in particular Environmental Health Officers, with preparing for and recovery following natural disasters such as bushfires, floods and cyclones
The Medical Management portfolio
Bushfire building protection zones
Building Protection Zones (BPZs) are areas around buildings in which fuel loads are modified to reduce the exposure of buildings to flame, heat and embers, and assist in efforts to defend buildings from bushfire.
Planning for emergencies in HCFs
Australian Standard 4083-2010, Planning for emergencies – Health care facilities, assists a health care facility to plan effectively for internal and external emergencies.
WebEOC is a web-based crisis information management system. It provides secure real-time information sharing about an incident, enabling staff within an operations centre to improve coordination of a response.
Risk management and special events
The risk management and special events portfolio
The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit is responsible for managing risks to the Health of WA.
The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit represents WA Health on a number of committees involved in the coordination of public events.
Training and development
The training and development portfolio
The Major incident medical management and support courses (MIMMS) teach a systematic and practical approach to field medical management at disasters. This approach can be applied to any major incident.
The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit (DPMU) are proud to offer a choice of two Regional disaster preparedness training modules to each WA country region.
These courses are aimed at providing participants with an understanding of how health can prepare for, respond to, and assist in recovery from a disaster.
The course is aimed at increasing participants awareness of the considerations for preventing, preparing, responding to a recovering from a disaster that may compromise public health.
The course is aimed at providing participants with the base knowledge and skills to respond effectively to such events. The course specifically reviews the risk, threat and specific vulnerability to such an emergency, as well as the clinical management of casualties with injuries relating to these events.
The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit (DPMU) invite you to attend a 2 days Chemical, biological and radiological course.
The course is aimed at providing participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to a major chemical, biological or radiological incident.
This online disaster management course was launched in 2010 to introduce Western Australian users to emergency management principles and arrangements within a health context. It is aimed at staff from within WA Health and other emergency response organizations who would like to develop their awareness of the WA health aspects of emergency management.
Developed in Sweden in the 1990s, the Emergo Train System is a disaster simulation exercise and training system. The system uses a series of whiteboards and magnetic symbols to represent resources available, and a patient bank with descriptions of injuries. It is an ideal system for testing pre-hospital and hospital response to major incidents. WA Health has adopted the Emergo Train System to assist with the development and evaluation of health disaster response plans.
Disaster management links
A list of useful links and resources related to disaster management in WA
A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management
A list of journals relevant to disaster management
Lists contact details for the Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit, On Call Duty Officer for the Department of Health (WA), and other health emergency numbers.
Environmental health, food, water and hazards
Environmental health food water hazards tobacco control healthy planning and development mosquito and pest control public buildings and mass gatherings water pesticides and chemicals wa perth
Insects and pests
Mosquito and pest control
Management and control of fleas
Control and management of mosquitoes and mosquito borne diseases in WA
Rats and rodents
Management and control of rats and other rodents in the home, business or industries
Nearly two-thirds of all deaths in Western Australians aged under 75 could potentially be avoided. Most of these deaths are due to chronic disease and injury.
Smoking is a leading cause of preventable illness and death in Western Australia. It causes heart and circulatory diseases, lung cancer and other cancers, other serious lung disease, and many other diseases and conditions.
Healthy eating is important for good health, growth and development and protecting against illness and disease. Eating a variety of healthy and nutritious foods can also help people maintain a healthy weight throughout childhood and adulthood.
Obesity and healthy weight
While a small proportion of the population experiences inadequate growth or is underweight, the major concern for the health system is with overweight and obesity. High body mass increases the risk of a number of serious health conditions, particularly type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, asthma and osteoarthritis, and psychosocial problems in childhood.
Priority-driven research agenda for obesity prevention
The Obesity Research Agenda aims to enhance Australia’s capacity to foster and undertake preventive health research. This research will better enable all sectors to implement the most effective interventions to address the considerable and increasing rates of adult and child obesity. It provides a guide to support the development of a knowledge base that will contribute to preventive health policy and practice. Furthermore, it can be drawn on to inform investment in preventive health research.
Participating in regular physical activity is important for maintaining healthy body weight and preventing a number of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, dementia and depression. Keeping active also provides a range of additional mental health, social, economic and environmental benefits.
Environments which support good health may do so by promoting healthy and active lifestyle behaviours, by making healthy choices the easier or more attractive choices, and by ensuring equitable access to nutritious food. Good urban design incorporates safe and attractive opportunities for active transport (walking, cycling and public transport) and physical recreation, as well as ready walkable access to schools, local shopping and services, and a range of well-designed housing options.
Most injuries are preventable, but injury is common in Western Australia, especially among children and young adults. Injuries are the leading cause of death in people aged under 45. Injuries happen at home, on the roads, in the workplace and while out in the community.
Neither language nor cultural differences should be a barrier to health care. The Department of Health, Western Australia promotes the universal right to health by facilitating effective communication between government health service providers and people with limited or no English.
Research and Evaluation Framework
The Research and Evaluation Framework and Implementation Guide has been designed to strengthen the process of research and evaluation of health promotion programs funded by the Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate, WA Health.
Healthy planning and development
Tools to assist with planning healthy communites in WA including health risk assessment, public health assessment, environmental impact assessment, built environment and climate change and health
Information on Aboriginal Health in WA including useful tools and reports for aboriginal health workers
Climate change and health
Preparing for the potential impacts associated with climate change and human health in Western Australia. The information includes a Health Impact Assessment on climate change impacts specific to WA.
Infectious diseases, sexual health and immunisation Disease guidelines and other publications
Communicable Disease Guidelines and publications includes:
• The management of gastroenteritis in aged care facilities
• Communicable disease guidelines for teachers, child care workers, local government authorities and medical practitioners to help prevent transmission of infections in schools and childcare. Infections include notifiable diseases but also diseases such as school sores, hand foot and mouth, conjunctivitis and glandular fever
• Department of Health operational directives and policies for medical and public health practitioners on the intervention, control and prevention of important infections such as sexually transmitted infections, bloodborne viruses, hospital acquired infections such as MRSA, enteric infections and vaccine preventable diseases
Healthcare associated infections
Healthcare Associated Infection Unit homepage
CA-MRSA for consumers
This page provides information for patients who have community-acquired MRSA, what to do if you have CA-MRSA, hygiene advice to prevent the spread and details on decolonisation. This includes fact sheets and resources for patients, their families and other household contacts, and groups (such as sporting groups and day care centres).
Hand hygiene information and resources for healthcare providers including poster resources, audit tools, links to Hand Hygiene Australia.
CA-MRSA for providers
This page contains information and resources for health providers on the management of community-acquired MRSA. This includes fact sheets on infection prevention and control and decolonisation, as well as fact sheets for patients and other members of the community to manage CA-MRSA infection.
List of operational directives and operational circulars that relate to healthcare assocaited infection prevention and control, including MRSA, VRE, CJD, healthcare workers, obstetrics and newborns.
This page contains annual and aggregate reports produced by the Healthcare Associated Infection Unit, along with special reports from other contributors. Data shows rates for indicators including MRSA, SSI, C. difficile, HA-SABSI, CLABSI, haematology and occupational exposures.
This page contains HISWA resources including the surveillance manual and reporting tools, decription of mandatory indicators for reporting in Western Australia and details validation of data.
Key dates HISWA
Key dates for Heathcare Infection Surveillance WA (HISWA), data deadlines, meeting dates and data collection dates.
About the Healthcare Associated Infection Unit, HISWA surveillance system and policy work.
Contact details for the Healthcare Associated Infection Unit, phone number, fax number, email address
Immunisation is one of the most effective strategies in the prevention of many serious diseases. In order to ensure good uptake of vaccination and a safe level of herd immunity, an effective and efficient strategy for mass vaccination across the state is essential. There are several vaccination programs including, childhood, school, adult and catch-up immunisation. Information can also be found on other non-schedule vaccines, such as rabies.
Infectious disease data
Infectious disease data includes:
• Links to case definitions of Western Australia’s notifiable diseases
• Weekly reports of Western Australia’s notifiable diseases reported to the Department of Health
• Quarterly and annual reports of enteric, sexually transmitted and bloodborne virus infections
• Disease WAtch newsletter that provides analysis, expert opinion and hot issues relating to infectious disease control in Western Australia
• Virus Watch bulletin that provides a brief summary of General Practice and Hospital Emergency Department sentinel surveillance data on influenza-like illness, gastroenteritis and varicella-zoster disease, together with relevant laboratory information, to alert health care workers in WA to important circulating viruses
This is a new weekly email from CDCD in collaboration with PathWest which briefly summarises in bullet point form the activity of viruses responsible for ILI, viral gastroenteritis and viral rashes in WA in the previous 8 weeks. It summarises information from a range of sources including SPN(WA), Emergency Department data and laboratory data from PathWest at QEII and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Virus WAtch is also the vehicle for the distribution of more detailed electronic reports such as Virus News and EDSS News.
Disease WAtch is the journal of communicable disease surveillance and news in Western Australia.
Influenza – The public health objectives for influenza surveillance in Western Australia are to detect increases in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in local rural and regional areas, to monitor the impact of influenza and ILI on public health units by monitoring out patient visits, metropolitan Emergency Department (ED) presentations and admissions, and to follow influenza activity and identify populations that are more susceptible. The public health website also provides information on pandemic influenza, swine flu, bird flu, and avian flu.
Sexual health, HIV, hepatitis B and C
The Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) coordinates the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections, human immunodeficiency virus and blood-borne viruses in Western Australia. The main activities undertaken by SHBBVP include; funding community-based organisations to undertake health promotion and prevention activities, initiating and funding education and workforce development initiatives, developing and implementing statewide sexual health and blood-borne viruses policies, managing the statewide needle and syringe program, and coordinating statewide campaigns.
Licensing, notifications and legislation
Legislation and regulation, new public health act, new public health bill wa Western Australia explantory document licensing approvals registration
Details of public and environmental health related legislation and regulations
Licensing, registration and approvals
Licensing Aquatic facilities approval Drinking water bulk cartage Drinking water storage materials Wastewater manufactured product Wastewater treatment apparatus Fumigators licence Itinerant food operator
Licensing of private healthcare facilities
The Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit (LARU) is responsible for the licensing of private healthcare facilities in Western Australia. In order to operate a private healthcare facility you require a licence and to meet standards/guidelines in accordance with legislation. Healthcare facilities include hospitals, day hospitals, renal dialysis facilities, nursing homes, nursing posts and, psychiatric hostels.
How to obtain a licence
Licensing of private hospitals is based on government legislation, the Hospitals and Health Services Act 1927. If you operate a facility that meets what is defined as a private hospital in the Act, you need to apply for a licence.
Fees are payable at the time of an application for a new licence and prior to renewal of a licence.
Contact the Licensing Standards and Review Unit to obtain licensing information.
What is in the licensing assessment process
An application for a licence is based on the three areas outlined below:
• the suitability of the licence applicant;
• the suitability of the premises for the purpose; and
• the suitability of the arrangements for management, staffing and equipment.
You will need to complete an application form with a declaration to verify your application, and satisfy the Director General that you are able to meet all of these areas before you can be granted a licence for a private hospital.
Notifications website homepage for doctors, GPs and other health professionals
About us: Regulatory Support Unit
Developmental anomaly notifications
Developmental anomalies must be reported to the Department of Health following identification at birth or following diagnosis.
Developmental anomalies include cerebral palsy and birth defects.
Stimulant induced psychosis
Information and form relating to the process of notification of stimulant induced psychosis by psychiatrists.
Contact us about notifications in Western Australia
Incidents involving radiation which are required to be reported to the Radiological Council are specified under regulation 19A of the Radiation Safety (General) Regulations
Public consultation activities within the Public Health Division
Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Bill 2011
The new Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Bill 2011 exposure draft is now available for stakeholder and public comment.
The new Bill is the proposed replacement legistlation for the current Poisons Act 1964 and Poisons Regulations 1965.
Medicines and poisons
The Pharmaceutical Services branch provides advice, develops policy and administers regulatory controls for Schedule 8 medicines (S8s), Community program for opioid pharmacotherapy (C-POP), the stimulant regulatory scheme, issues licenses and permits and administers the highly specialised drugs program in Western Australia
Drugs of dependence (Schedule 8 medicines)
Issues authorisations to prescribe schedule 8 medicines (drugs of dependence) and monitors prescription of schedule 8 medicines from reports received from pharmacy
A drug of addiction has addictive properties and is commonly referred to as a Schedule 8 drug or narcotic.
Drugs of dependence links
S8 and S4R liquids
Watch this video to find out how nurses should measure, record, reconcile and report discrepancies in Schedule 8 and Restricted Schedule 4 liquid medicines used in WA hospitals.
Licences and permits for medicines and poisons
Issues licences and permits authorising the possession, supply and sale of medicines and poisons
Medicines and Poisons are classified into Schedules based on their level of toxicity and their use. The National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) make recommendations to determine which Schedule a substance should be included. The Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) is the publication containing all scheduled poisons and is adopted by reference in the Poisons Act
Licensing and Legislation links
Stimulant regulatory scheme
Administers the Stimulant Regulatory Scheme which sets controls on the prescribing and dispensing of stimulant medicines (dexamphetamine and methylphenidate) in Western Australia.
Stimulant medicines are dexamphetamine (DEX) and methylphenidate (METH). Both DEX and METH stimulate the central nervous system (CNS) by increasing the activity of certain chemicals in the brain. METH may be sold under the brand names of Ritalin ®, Concerta ® or Attenta ® and is available in immediate release and sustained release formulations.
The legislative support for the Stimulant Regulatory Scheme is provided by the Poisons Regulations 1965 of the Poisons Act 1964.
Stimulant Regulatory Scheme links
Highly specialised drugs (HSD) program
Administers the Highly Specialised Drugs (HSD) Program on behalf of the Department of Health, where the Commonwealth Government funds the use of specified expensive medicines through WA public hospitals.
Highly specialised drugs (HSDs) are also known as Section 100 drugs as the funding arrangements are authorised through Section 100 of the Commonwealth’s National Health Act 1953.
Highly Specialised Drugs Program links
Email updates service
Register your details to receive email updates from the Pharmaceutical Services Branch
The Public Health Division goal is to protect the health of the Western Australian community by promoting health, preventing disease and managing risks.
About the Public Health Division of Western Australia. Part of the Royal Street Divisions of the Department of Health, Western Australia
Introduction to public health
The main focus of public health is on prevention and early detection, rather than on clinical care. It looks at the whole population, rather than the individual. In this way, public health complements and works with clinical care.
Events and training Multimedia presentations
Multimedia presentations for the Western Australian Public Health Division including web video, PowerPoint, PDF slideshows, MP3 and other audio files and their transcripts.