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Infectious diseases A-Z

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

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Data and statistics

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.

Disaster management

The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit oversees WA Health's responsibilities in the application of health resources in a disaster.

Community advice: Bushfires, floods and cyclones

Advice for the general public on the common health risks associated with bushfires, floods and cyclones

Bushfire hazards

Hazards on your property following a bushfire

Floods, cyclones and other disasters

Information to assist with household clean up following floods, cyclones and other disasters

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

Medical management

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

Risk management

The Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit is responsible for managing risks to the Health of WA.

Public events

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

MIMMS courses

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.

Regional courses

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.

Public health

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.

E-learning disaster

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

WA links

A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management

Other state disaster management links

A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management

Commonwealth disaster management links

A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management

Inernational disaster management links

A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management

Disaster Medicine Association

A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management


A list of journals relevant to disaster management

Other sites of interest

A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management

Chemical, biological and radiological links

A list of links and documents relevant to disaster management

Contact us

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
Emerging community issues

Emerging community public and environmental health issues

Food business

Information for food business in Western Australia

Health hazards

Health hazards environmental health hazards

Air quality

air quality


Asbestos material in the home

Clandestine drug laboratories

information on clandestine drug laboratories and the chemicals used which can be toxic and harmful to human health

Contaminated sites

contaminated sites

Heat events

Heat events heat stress beat the heat

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

Healthy lifestyles

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.

Physical activity

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.

Built environment

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.

Injury prevention

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.

Cultural diversity

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

Aboriginal 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.

Public health assessment

Tools to assist with conducting a public health assessment in WA

WA development assessments

WA development assessments Environmental Impact Assessment and health

Hoarding and Severe Domestic Squalor

Hoarding and Severe Domestic Squalor: resources for Local Government and other workers involved in this area

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

Heathcare associated infections: consumers

This page contains information and links about heathcare associated infections for consumers

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).

Healthcare associated infections: providers

This page contains information and links about heathcare associated infections for healthcare providers

Hand Hygiene

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.

Surveillance HISWA

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 us

About the Healthcare Associated Infection Unit, HISWA surveillance system and policy work.

Contact us

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

Virus Watch

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

Disease WAtch is the journal of communicable disease surveillance and news in Western Australia.

Statewide notifiable disease report

Statewide Notifiable Disease Report Weekly Epi report

Statewide notifiable disease annual reviews

Disease watch issues that contain annual reviews of all infectious disease notification data


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.

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


The Public Health Division goal is to protect the health of the Western Australian community by promoting health, preventing disease and managing risks.

Subscribe to e-news

Subscribe to our online newsletters from Public Health. Register here.

About us

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.

The Role of the Public Health and Clinical Services Division in WA Health

The aims of the Division are to: • Promote health in the community • Prevent disease before it occurs • Manage risk, whether natural or man-made • Support clinical care (through workforce development, policy and standards)

Where is the public health division heading?

Web page that reflects the future strategic directions of the Public Health Division in the upcoming years.

Office of the executive director public health

Office of the Executive Director Public Health directs and leads State-wide public health policy and programs.

Events and training
Bursaries and scholarships

Bursaries and Scholarships

Educational courses

Training and Education courses

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.


Links, useful links

Disease Watch

Disease WAtch is the journal of communicable disease surveillance and news in Western Australia.

Pharmaceutical Services e-Bulletins

Information and news on medicines and poisons from the Pharmaceutical Services Branch of the Department of Health

Community Survey of Perceived Environmental Health Risks in Western Australia

Community Survey of Perceived Environmental Health Risks in Western Australia

Food-borne and enteric (gastro-intestinal) infections

Food-borne and enteric (gastro-intestinal) infections reports

Population health statistics

Population health statistics reports contain population trends within Western Australia and give us a broad overview of the health status of the people.

Sexual health and blood-borne viruses

Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus (SHBBV) Reports

Western Australian Food Access and Cost Survey (FACS)

Western Australian Food Access and Cost Survey (FACS)


News and events


Public Health alerts

Middle east respiratory syndrome coronovirus (MERS-COV)

Middle east respiratory syndrome coronovirus (MERS-COV), An alert for this syndrome to clinicians, laboratory and general public. Risk of MERS-COV if had travelled to middle east. documents and advice

H7N9 influenza A infections in humans in China

H7N9 influenza A infections in humans in China webpage: documents for Health Providers.

Media releases

media releases

New websites for WA Health

WA Health has two new websites: Healthy WA (for consumers) and WA Health (for clinicians, industry, non-profits and other health professionals).

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