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 Australia. The Branch comprises of the following sections:
- Specialist Services
- Sexually Transmissible Infection & Blood Borne Virus Section
- Disease Surveillance and Investigation
- Infection Control Service
- Data and Corporate Services
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 medical and epidemiological advice on communicable disease control, surveillance and investigation
- liaison with laboratories, government agencies and professional groups
- teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students
- coordination of the state’s response to sexually transmissible infections (STI), HIV, viral hepatitis and related diseases through policy and program development, including the:
- administration of state government STI and blood borne virus (BBV) non-government health service funding
- monitoring of epidemiological developments
- promotion, funding and coordination of research activities
- administration of S100 accreditation systems for general practitioners who prescribe highly specialised medications for the treatment of HIV and hepatitis B.
- administration of the post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) system for people who are at high-risk of exposure to HIV
- coordination of the statewide Viral Hepatitis Nursing Model of Care Reference Group
- support the SA STI and BBV Virus Advisory Committee, chaired by SA Health's Chief Public Health Officer, and its subcommittees
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.
- surveillance of notifiable disease reporting
- 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).
- 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.
- monitor, control and prevent healthcare associated infections, including those due to multidrug-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, including consumer information
- monitor and promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in Australian hospitals.
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.