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-borne 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.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) information
Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks in West Africa - 2014
- The largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) ever reported is continuing in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa.
- Information and regular EVD updates are available from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US CDC
- To date there have been no confirmed cases in Australia. 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
- Healthcare workers returning from Ebola-affected countries should contact CDC.
CDC contact details:
Business hours: (08) 8922 8044
After hours: (08) 8922 8888 and ask for the on-call CDC doctor.