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Notifying a Detection of Legionella Data Supply Requirement (DSR)
Identifying and Definitional Attributes
Identifier
QH 020295
Version
1
Metadata Item Type
Data Supply Requirement
Metadata Set Type
Qld Legislation
Approval Status
Current
15-Sep-2017 
Approval Type
Documented
Approving Authority
Executive Director, Health Protection Branch
Effective From
01-Jul-2017
Effective To
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Description
Under Section 61H of the Public Health Act 2005 the person in charge of a prescribed facility must give notice to the Department of Health within 1 business day of receiving a positive Legionella result(s) from a prescribed test. This DSR outlines the requirements for notifying a detection of Legionella to the Department of Health.
Short Name
Legionella detection notification
Collection and Usage Attributes
Purpose
1. 	Ensure a prescribed facility improves its management and control of health risks associated with the supply and use of water (in particular health risks associated with Legionella).
2. 	Provide greater public transparency of water testing activities being undertaken by prescribed facilities.
Scope
When Legionella is detected within a prescribed facility, the person in charge must give notice to the Department of Health within 1 business day of receiving the result of the prescribed test. This detection notice must be submitted by:
- Completing the Notifying a Detection of Legionella form
- Emailing the form to legionella@health.qld.gov.au
Information Security Classification
OFFICIAL
Statistical Unit
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Data Submission Guidelines
A 'prescribed facility' means:
- a public sector hospital that provides treatment or care to inpatients; or 
- a private health facility licensed under the Private Health Facility Act 1999; or 
- a State aged care facility; or 
- a residential aged care facility, other than a State aged care facility, prescribed by regulation. 

A 'prescribed test' for Legionella is a test that: 
- quantifies the number of Legionella colony forming units in the sample tested; and
- is carried out by a laboratory accredited as complying with the international standard ISO/IEC 17025, and
- is a test identified in the scope of the laboratory's accreditation.
Legionella are a class of bacteria found in the natural environment around the world. There are over 50 species of Legionella bacteria, some of which can cause disease in humans. The most common disease causing species are Legionella pneumophila and Legionella longbeachae.

Most Legionella species, including Legionella pneumophila, thrive in warm water, and need the presence of other organisms (e.g. amoebae) to multiply. They grow readily in man-made environments such as inside plumbing fixtures and pipes, where warm temperatures and the build-up of nutrients and microorganisms on surfaces (called biofilm) provide an ideal environment.

Legionnaires' disease is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella. Humans might contract this disease by inhaling microscopic/ invisible droplets (aerosols) of contaminated water from man-made systems such as hot or warm water systems, showerheads, spa baths and fountains.
While most people are unlikely to get Legionnaires' disease, some groups are more at risk than others. It is not spread person-to-person.

Under Section 61H of the Public Health Act 2005 the person in charge of a prescribed facility must give notice to the Department of Health within 1 business day of receiving a positive Legionella result(s) from a prescribed test. The approved Notifying a Detection of Legionella form must be submitted to legionella@health.qld.gov.au. 

A 'business day' means a day that is not a Saturday or Sunday or a public holiday, special holiday or bank holiday.
Data Submission Methods
Data is collected by completing the Notifying a Detection of Legionella form.
Data Submission Dates
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Comments
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Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References
Implementation in
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Included Data Elements and Performance Indicators

Otherrelational

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ViewMetadata Item TypeNameAscendingIdentifier & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective fromEffective to
Data ElementFacility (address)-Australian postcodeQH 041836 Version 1MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-2017
Data ElementFacility (address)-email addressQH 041840 Version 1MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-2017
Data ElementFacility (address)-suburb/town/locality nameQH 041835 Version 1MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-2017
Data ElementFacility (address)-telephone numberQH 041838 Version 1MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-2017
Data ElementFacility (name)-formal facility nameQH 041880 Version 1MandatoryCurrent01-Jul-2017
Source and Reference Attributes
Source Organisation
Department of Health (DoH)
Source Document
Notifying a Detection of Legionella
Keywords

DSR; Legionella; Water Risk Management Plan; WRMP