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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.

Please use the updated disease notification forms below for measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis and rheumatic fever. There is also a general notification form if required. 

Medical practitioners should download the form, type into the fields, save and email to notify@adhb.govt.nz

Download an 'email us' reminder poster for your work station or organisation.

For other diseases or environmental events, please email details to notify@adhb.govt.nz 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 notify@adhb.govt.nz or call (09) 623 4600. 

Notify the below on clinical suspicion, before laboratory confirmation:

  • Measles - View resources
  • Mumps - View resources
  • Rubella - View resources
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) - View resources
  • Rheumatic fever - View resources
  • Meningococcal disease (Neisseria meningitidis invasive disease)
  • Infectious pulmonary tuberculosis
  • Outbreaks (two or more cases of any condition linked to a common source)
  • Acute gastroenteritis or food poisoning if:

    • there are two or more cases linked to a common source, or
    • the patient is at high risk of infecting others (e.g. they are a food handler, or healthcare or childcare worker),
    • there is a single case of chemical, bacterial, or toxin food poisoning such as toxic shellfish poisoning or scombroid poisoning
  • Any emerging public health problem if you are concerned about it
  • Check the exclusion criteria and the clearance criteria for recommended periods of exclusion from work, school or preschool.

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.

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