Date issued: 31 October 2018
Issued by: Dr Brett Sutton, Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: Public and private hospitals, health professionals
- Amendments to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 relating to the notification of anaphylaxis presentations to hospitals come into effect on 1 November 2018 in Victoria.
- Anaphylaxis reporting bodies (public and private hospitals) are now required to notify the department of all presentations to emergency departments of anaphylaxis.
- Hospitals are required to notify the department immediately (within 24 hours) by telephone (1300 651 160) of anaphylaxis presentations to their emergency department where the suspected cause is the consumption of a packaged food.
- All other suspected causes of anaphylaxis must be notified within five days of initial diagnosis, via an online form available at health.vic's Notify a Condition Now section.
- The department has developed guidance for Victorian public and private hospitals to understand and act on their statutory obligations.
Read the full alert: Hospitals required to notify anaphylaxis presentations
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