A written or verbal instruction given by a person who is recognised under the Public Health Act 2005 as a person with authority to provide the direction e.g. a Queensland Health public health medical officer.
Prescribed contagious condition
A medical condition that has been prescribed under the Public Health Regulation 2005, Schedule 2A, Part 1 because it is considered to be a serious condition that may put the community at some risk. The currently prescribed contagious conditions within the Regulation are – diphtheria, enterovirus 71 neurological disease, gastroenteritis, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis A, human influenza with pandemic potential, measles, meningococcal infection (invasive), paratyphoid, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, rubella, tuberculosis, typhoid, varicella – zoster virus infection (chickenpox).
Queensland Health’s recommended minimum period of removal from school for children with a prescribed contagious condition, or for unvaccinated children at risk because they may be in contact with a child with a prescribed vaccine-preventable condition.
Prescribed vaccine-preventable condition
A contagious condition identified in the Public Health Regulation 2005, Schedule 2A, Part 2. Measles is currently the only prescribed vaccine-preventable contagious condition.
Public health medical officer (PHMO)
For the purpose of this procedure, a PHMO is a doctor or a nurse, working in a Public Health Unit or the Communicable Diseases Unit who has delegated authority from the chief executive, Queensland Health, to discharge duties of the Public Health Act 2005 (Qld) related to this procedure.
Public Health Units within Queensland Health
Public Health Units (PHU) focus on protecting health; preventing disease and outbreaks, illness and injury; and promoting health and wellbeing at a population or whole of community level. They are located within various Hospital and Health Services across the state. Key activities for Public Health Units include: disease control, environmental health, public health programs, immunisation and vaccination programs.
Regional contact officer
For the purpose of this procedure, a regional contact officer is a regional office staff member, determined by the Regional Director, who may be contacted out of office hours to assist the public health medical officer with urgent public health communications to the principals of affected schools to fulfil public health obligations under the Public Health Act 2005.