Communicable Disease Control Branch

The Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) is part of the Public Health and Clinical Systems Division and aims to reduce the incidences of communicable and infectious diseases in South Australian. The Branch comprises of the following sections:

Contact details

For further information on CDCB or to contact a specific branch within CDCB:

Phone: 1300 232 272


Fax: (08) 8226 6648

Postal address: PO Box 6 Rundle Mall Adelaide SA 5000

What we do

Specialist Services Section 

  • specialist medical and epidemiological advice on communicable disease control, surveillance and investigation
  • liaison with laboratories, government agencies and professional groups
  • teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students

Sexually Transmissible Infection and Blood Borne Virus Section 

HIV Case Coordinator

Reporting to the Director of the Communicable Disease Control Branch, the HIV Case Coordinator coordinates SA Health's management system for people whose ongoing behaviours are placing others at risk of HIV transmission. The process is detailed in the Chief Public Health Officer’s protocol the SA Code for the Case Management of Behaviours That Present a Risk for HIV Transmission (PDF 290KB) and summarised in a brief fact sheet (PDF 138KB)  for staff and the general public. The Code is due for review in 2018. The Review will commence once the outcome of the review of the National Guidelines is known, to ensure that the South Australian process remains consistent with the National approach.

Disease Surveillance and Investigation 

  • monitoring of incoming data to identify trends and clusters of disease
  • sporadic case and outbreak investigations
  • reporting to the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System
  • capacity for enhanced surveillance of food-borne disease (OzFoodNet SA)

Immunisation Section 

  • coordination of the National Immunisation Program in SA and related policies and guidelines
  • distribution of Commonwealth and state funded vaccines
  • promotion of and education about immunisation
  • vaccine safety surveillance.

See Immunisation and Immunisation for health professionals for more information.

Infection Control Service 

  • monitor, control and prevent healthcare associated infections, including those due to multi-resistant organisms, in South Australian health care facilities
  • provide best practice guidelines and advice on infection control to health care professionals and the general public
  • provide educational resources and fact sheets on topics related to healthcare associated infections
  • monitor and promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in Australian hospitals

Data and Corporate Services 

Data and Corporate Services provides support and administrative services to all sections of Communicable Disease Control Branch including, but not limited to:

  • IT systems support, database support and website publishing
  • data entry, desktop publishing and general administrative services
  • information distribution including public health alerts and promotional materials
  • records and document management including mail and correspondence
  • reception and switchboard services
  • security and business processes
  • HR assistance including forms, contracts, vacancy advertisements and recruitment support
  • financial services including procurement, accounts payable and receivable, invoices, grants, journals, budget variations, reporting and financial monitoring

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