Public health microbiology
The Public Health Microbiology team provides expert scientific knowledge and laboratory investigation for notifiable bacterial pathogens and bacterially/toxin-mediated outbreaks.
We use surveillance and epidemiological data to provide high quality reference and diagnostic services to a wide range of public health and clinical clients investigating bacterial outbreaks.
Our scope can include:
- Food—investigating and surveying the microbiological quality of food including foodborne illnesses, analysing and identifying moulds and detecting foodborne pathogens and their toxins
- Water—investigating water quality and outbreaks from consuming, ingesting or inhaling contaminated water (e.g. drinking, dialysis, swimming and recycled water).
- Molecular epidemiology—genotyping major bacterial pathogens and typing bacteria for identifying and characterising disease outbreaks
- Leptospirosis—providing expert analysis, advice, diagnostic support and epidemiological data as part of the reference and research laboratory which is part of an international collaborating group
- Bacterial pathogens—providing a reference and referral service for notifiable bacterial pathogens comprising a number of specialty areas including:
- enteric pathogens
- Group A Streptococci
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis
- Streptococcus pneumoniae
- Legionellae spp.
Collaborate with us
The laboratory has a strong history of collaborative research including previous NHMRC projects, national and international partnerships. We are always looking for opportunities to collaborate on research and development initiatives. To collaborate or partner with us contact Client Services and Liaison on 1800 000 377.