The Centre of Disease Control has offices in the five major urban centres in the NT and provides clinical services, including screening and contact tracing, for sexual health, blood born viruses, tuberculosis, leprosy and other mycobacterial diseases. CDC's role includes policy and clinical guideline development for these diseases.
CDC is responsible for the development and implementation of the Territory's immunisation program, and provides advice and education to health staff and the public on immunisation. Surveillance for more than 90 notifiable diseases and mounting the necessary public health responses, including the management of outbreaks, also forms part of its core business.
Under the guidance of the community paediatrician, the Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Program provides important support for the diagnosis and long term management of those with RHD. The Trachoma Program is working in partnership with a national program towards the elimination of trachoma. The Safety and Injury Unit researches and develops policy on injury prevention and Medical Entomology undertakes mosquito surveillance and environmental management of disease-carrying and other nuisance insects.