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Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA)

The Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA) is a subcommittee of the National Public Health Partnership (NPHP). CDNA provides national public health leadership and coordination on communicable disease surveillance, prevention and control, and offers strategic advice to governments and other key bodies on public health actions to minimise the impact of communicable diseases in Australia and the region.

Originally established as the Communicable Disease Control Network in 1989 as a joint initiative of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council (AHMAC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Network was tasked with coordinating national communicable disease surveillance; response to national outbreaks of communicable disease; and field training of epidemiologists.

For many years the Network carried out these and other functions under the name of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and New Zealand (CDNANZ). In April 2001 the name formally changed to Communicable Disease Network Australia (CDNA) to better reflect the fact that the Network’s primary focus and responsibilities are in relation to Australia. However, CDNA continues close communication and cooperation with New Zealand and with other countries in the region.

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