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Health alert: Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are experiencing an increased number of people presenting to our Emergency Departments for treatment of COVID-19. A number of our staff are also impacted by COVID-19, and as a result we are experiencing longer-than-usual emergency department waiting times. Metro South Health will continue to treat the most urgent cases first (Category 1). Please do not attend the emergency department unless it is an emergency. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we prioritise our most urgent cases.

Fully vaccinated visitors may attend our facilities. Please refer to the visitor restrictions for more information. 
Find out where to get tested at one of our fever clinic locations, where to get vaccinated, our COVID-19 response and read the latest Queensland Government information.

Public Health Unit

The Metro South Public Health Unit focus on protecting health; preventing disease, illness and injury, and promoting health and wellbeing at a population or whole of community level.

The role of the Public Health Unit is to: 

  • coordinate disease control initiatives, including response to, and notification of, disease outbreaks
  • undertake a range of environmental health initiatives, including monitoring compliance with and enforcing public health legislation in relation to food safety and standards, water quality standards, regulated drugs and poisons, and tobacco control
  • assess and coordinate local responses to environmental health risks
  • undertake epidemiology and health surveillance activities, including the collation, analysis, monitoring and dissemination of information on health status and disease trends
  • provide specialist public health advice to health services, other sectors and the community, and develop their capacity to collaboratively plan and implement effective public health programs
  • provide education, training and clinical support for immunisation programs, and coordinate school-based vaccination programs.

Latest news

MSH Contact Tracers hunt down the Delta variant

The new Delta variant outbreak in south east Queensland has posed a new challenge for our Metro South Health Public Health Unit resulting in a mammoth contact tracing effort more extensive than any so far during the pandemic.

Australian Bat Lyssavirus in flying foxes

Media release: Flying fox confirmed with Australian Bat Lyssavirus in Lakewood Avenue Park, Parkinson

The Metro South Public Health Unit has confirmed that an orphaned baby bat recovered from Lakewood Avenue Park in Parkinson has tested positive for Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV). 

Measles in our community

Measles spreads very easily, can be very dangerous, and can lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation and other serious illness. Find out how to protect your family with vaccinations and for further resources.

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Last updated 8 November 2021
Last reviewed 8 November 2021