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General practitioner management of notifiable diseases is central to communicable disease control

Catherine R Bateman-Steel, Aditya Vyas and Leena Gupta
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (10): 524-525. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01391
Published online: 1 June 2015

To the Editor: Public health units routinely carry out investigations into cases of notifiable diseases, specified by state and territory Public Health Acts, because of the potential impact on the health of the public. Investigations involve contacting individuals and their contacts, and providing advice for follow up and treatment. This may include seeing a general practitioner for further testing, treatment, or prophylaxis of contacts.1 To assess the extent of input from GPs in managing notifiable diseases we documented GP encounters related to public health unit communicable disease control activity in inner-western and south-western Sydney.

  • Catherine R Bateman-Steel
  • Aditya Vyas
  • Leena Gupta

  • Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit, Sydney, NSW.


Acknowledgements: 

We thank communicable disease nurses Leng Boonwaat, Beth Cullen, Essi Huhtinen, Andrew Ingleton, and Claire Pearson for their assistance in data collection.

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No relevant disclosures.

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