Infectious diseases

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Together with the Victorian Department of Health, Council’s Environmental Health Unit is responsible for the investigation of outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Environmental Health Officers could become involved in the public health management of infectious disease cases in various ways:

  • Cases may be referred to us by the Department of Human Services for further investigation
  • Cases might be reported directly to us from our local community
  • Our officers might become aware of cases from their own investigations and inspections

School exclusion periods for primary schools and children's services

The exclusion periods are the minimum times a child must be excluded from primary school or a children’s service such as childcare centre or kindergarten (Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2019).

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Protect yourself - hygiene is key

Wash your hands regularly

  1. Wet your hands
  2. Put soap on your hands
  3. Rub all parts of your hands until you have a thick lather
  4. Rinse your hands under running water
  5. Dry your hands throughly with a disposable paper towel

Wash your hands poster(PDF, 137KB)

Cover your cough and sneeze

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  2. Put your used tissue in the rubbish bin
  3. Wash your hands with soap and running water
  4. Dry your hands throughly with a disposable paper towel

Cover your cough and sneeze poster(PDF, 137KB)

Disease information and advice

An A-Z list of blue book diseases with descriptions, notification requirements, school exclusions and management guidelines can be found on the Department of Health website.

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