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Gold Coast Public Health

Communicable disease control

Our unit is responsible for the management of communicable diseases in our community.

This includes early detection, surveillance, investigation and control of diseases contracted by people from animals (zoonotic diseases), insects (vector borne diseases) and people.

What we do

  • Monitor and respond to notifiable diseases and conditions reported to Queensland Health under the Public Health Act 2005,  including:
    • Food and water borne disease outbreaks
    • Vaccine preventable diseases including measles and whooping cough
    • Serious infections such as meningococcal disease
    • Mosquito-borne infections such as dengue fever
    • Infections transmitted to humans from animals including Q Fever, Hendra virus and Australian Bat Lyssavirus.
  • Manage communicable disease outbreaks and public health incidents, including influenza in Residential Care Facilities (RCF)
  • Provide expert advice to health professionals, governments, industry and community
  • Develop,  implement and partner with others on projects and research to prevent and control communicable diseases;
  • Monitor, enforce and promote compliance with the Public Health Act 2005
  • Human quarantine at Gold Coast International Airport
  • Joint program with local government and other agencies on mosquito control and mosquito borne diseases.

Influenza Readiness in Residential Care Facilities

Gold Coast Health recommends all Residential Care Facilities (RCF) have an Influenza Readiness Plan in place to ensure effective protection for residents. For more information read Influenza Readiness presentation and Readiness Report template. If you require further assistance send your enquiry details to

Last updated 18 Jan 2017