Notifiable diseases

Medical staff and laboratories must notify the CDC when diagnosing or seriously suspecting a disease listed on the Northern Territory (NT) schedule of notifiable diseases.

The schedule is declared by the Health Minister and published in the government gazette. The NT Notifiable Diseases Committee reports to the Chief Health Officer and meets at least annually to decide how to advise the Minister.

Get a downloadable schedule of notifiable conditions to be reported in the NT.

When to notify

CDC would prefer to know about a notifiable disease when the diagnosis is seriously considered, rather than wait for final confirmation.

An unconfirmed case does not automatically mean public health action will be taken, but it can help prepare us. CDC can also give you information to help you make your diagnosis, for example if there are other measles cases in the community.

Please acquaint yourself with the list of notifiable conditions. Many are rare diseases (such as botulism and plague) and others are becoming increasingly rare as a result of immunisation and other public health activities (such as measles and Haemophilus influenzae type B infection). 

Urgent 

There are two groups of diseases which are particularly important to notify:

  • those designated urgent (marked with a phone symbol on the schedule), such as:
    • post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis
    • dengue if thought to be acquired in the NT
    • enteric disease in an institution or food-handler
    • outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease
    • measles
    • pertussis
    • malaria
    • tuberculosis.
  • those which involve a clinical diagnosis and might not be notifiable by the laboratory, such as:
    • acute rheumatic fever
    • post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis
    • adverse vaccine reaction
    • AIDS
    • Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease
    • enteric disease in an institution or food-handler
    • outbreaks of gastrointestinal disease
    • congenital syphilis
    • haemolytic uraemic syndrome.

Do not hesitate to contact you local CDC if you need further assistance.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) information

Australia has a robust border protection system and public health authorities are closely monitoring people who may have been exposed to the disease overseas. Infection control procedures in Australian hospitals are first rate.

  • information and regular EVD updates are available from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US CDC
  • both at a national level and in the NT procedures are in place to manage suspected or confirmed cases and their contacts - visit the Australian Department of Health EVD website for more information
  • further information for travellers is available at Smartraveller website.

How to notify 

Phone the CDC about any notifiable diseases marked as urgent.

For non-urgent notifiable diseases, submit a notification form and post or fax to the Centre for Disease Control:

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Last updated: 05 July 2017