Disease investigation and analysis

The Public and Environmental Health team play a critical role in the government's response to public health epidemics and threats.

We provide quality analytical services using the latest technology and undertake surveillance and reporting on a number of diseases and organisms that are of public health importance.


Microbiological testing

Our public health microbiology laboratory provides expert scientific knowledge and investigation for notifiable bacterial pathogens and bacterial or toxin-mediated outbreaks.

Microbiological testing

Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory

This laboratory provides expert analysis and advice, diagnostic support, and epidemiological data that contributes to the international surveillance of leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis Reference Laboratory

Virological testing

Our laboratory provides state-wide specialist diagnostic services and surveillance for viruses and mosquito- and tick-borne pathogens of medical importance including measles, gastroenteritis, dengue and Zika viruses.

Virological testing

Microbiology reference laboratories

Our microbiology reference laboratories provide a tertiary referral service for notifiable bacterial pathogens at local, national and international levels.

Microbiology reference laboratories

Molecular Epidemiology

Our Public Health Microbiology laboratory has extensive expertise in the generation of whole genome sequencing (WGS) data for bacteria both from isolates and direct from clinical specimens.

Molecular Epidemiology