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Notifiable diseases

See Ministry of Health for an updated list of notifiable diseases as at 4 January 2017.

Notification to Regional Public Health

The notifiable disease schedule is a list of conditions that require public health investigation or follow-up.  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 diagnosing medical practitioner is required by Section 74 of the Health Act 1956 to report to the Medical Officer of Health any patient they have ‘reasonable suspicion’ is suffering from a notifiable condition. 

  • Laboratories notify test results directly to Regional Public Health. This provides limited information that invariably needs supplementation from the clinician and medical practice. Direct laboratory notification of positive results does not replace clinician notification. 
  • Notification should be discussed with the patient but patient consent to notification is not necessary.

Clusters of illness that could be due to a common source, should also be notified, even for conditions that would otherwise not be notifiable. For example a cluster of severe skin infection related to tattooing, or cluster of severe respiratory illness in a Long Term Care Facility.

Also note that rheumatic fever (an initial attack or a recurrence) is a notifiable disease. This is sometimes overlooked by clinicians.

Significant chemical poisoning or injuries are notifiable under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO Act) and the Health Act 1956 (lead absorption >0.48 µmol/L and poisoning arising from chemical contamination of the environment). These can be notified via completing the electronic notification form on the BPAC system (or by completion of a hard copy blank form).

Read 'Conditions Notifiable in New Zealand' | pdf

BPAC Notifications

Read information for GP's on BPAC electronic notifcations| pdf

Download a BPAC notifcation form  | pdf                                                                                                                  (if you do not have access to BPAC via MedTech 32, please fax completed form to 04 570 9267)        

Urgent notifications

Notify Regional Public Health by telephone as soon as you are aware of the condition.

List of urgent notifiable diseases | pdf

Download the generic notificatin form | pdf

  • During office hours phone the Communicable Disease Notification Direct line on (04) 570 9267 the technical officer will record the name, DOB, NHI number and contact details of the ill person and if required transfer you to the relevant clinical person.
  • After hours until 10pm (including on weekends and public holidays) contact the on-call Health Protection Officer or Medical Officer of Health via Healthlink on (04) 570 9007.
  • Overnight in cases of exceptional circumstances or urgency phone the on-call Medical Officer of Health via Healthlink on (04) 570 9007.

Non-Urgent Notifications

List of non-urgent notifiable diseases | pdf

Download the generic notification form | pdf

Please notify the following conditions by facsimile (04) 570 9373 or telephone the Communicable Disease Notification Direct line on (04) 570 9267 within 1 working day.

If there is any doubt about the urgency of a case with a condition in the list above, or if additional features raise the level of concern about a case then please treat as with the urgent notifications above.

Notification on suspicion

Notification on suspicion is particularly important for illnesses that may be due to a common source and / or are highly infectious. In these cases early public health interventions can reduce disease transmission and secondary cases.
Measles, tuberculosis and gastroenteritis outbreaks due to norovirus are examples of diseases in this category.

Link to the exclusion and clearance critera

International reporting requirements

Where an outbreak or cases of notifiable conditions are thought to have arisen overseas Regional Public Health may notify relevant international health authorities.

Some diseases such as cholera and polio are also notifiable to the World Health Organisation under the International Health Regulations 2007. This would also be done by Regional Public Health.