The unit investigates viruses and micro organisms to protect people and the environment from exposure to potentially dangerous microbiological agents. It incorporates state, national and internationally recognised reference centres. The unit uses modern laboratory equipment and techniques to maintain the capacity to respond to any future public health crisis in Queensland for emerging or re-emerging diseases. It provides:
The Public Health Microbiology Laboratory provides high-quality reference and diagnostic services backed by surveillance and epidemiological data to assist Public Health Units of the government in the investigation of bacterially mediated outbreaks. The laboratory houses a World Health Organisation Reference Laboratory group for the disease of Leptospirosis. The unit provides diagnostic, research services and training in:
The Public Health Virology Laboratory performs specialised diagnostic testing and conducts research on viral and rickettsial diseases of public health importance in Queensland. In addition to supporting Population Health Units of the government, the laboratory also provides specialised tests for emerging or exotic diseases to support clinical investigations across the state. The unit provides research, diagnosis and training in the following:
Please note: all services are subject to our terms and conditions (PDF, 91KB).