Health practitioners are required by Section 74 of the Health Act 1956 to report to the medical officer of health (MOH) any patient they have 'reasonable suspicion' is suffering from a notifiable disease (list of diseases).
Medical practitioners are also required to report to the local medical officer of health any patient suffering from poisoning or injury from hazardous substances or from chemical contamination of the environment such as pesticide poisoning. See below for more information.
UPDATED PROCESS: How to inform Public Health of a notifiable disease
Auckland Regional Public Health Service is now receiving disease notifications by email. The service will be moving to email only, instead of fax, by February 1 2021.
For other diseases or environmental events, please email details to email@example.com or phone 09 623 4600.
Notify on clinical suspicion, before laboratory confirmation:
Notification allows for appropriate public health control measures to be taken to reduce the risk of further spread, for disease surveillance, and for monitoring of the effectiveness of control measures.
The MoH website lists the diseases notifiable by health practitioners and laboratories to the Medical Officer of Health.
If you need to notify us about a disease or illness that does not have a form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (09) 623 4600.
Notify the below on clinical suspicion, before laboratory confirmation:
Medical practitioners are also required to report to the local medical officer of health any patient suffering from poisoning or injury from hazardous substances (Section 143 Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996) or from chemical contamination of the environment (Health Act 1956), such as pesticide poisoning.
For information about Hazardous Substances Surveillance, visit the Environmental Health Indicators New Zealand website.
For further advice and to notify us of an environmental event or hazard, please phone 09 623 4600.