A sentinel general practice (GP) program for the surveillance of influenza like illness (ILI) has been conducted in Victoria by the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) and the Department of Health, Victoria since 1993.
VIDRL coordinates the sentinel GP ILI surveillance program and laboratory testing of cases has been conducted at VIDRL since 1998.
VIDRL monitors diagnoses of ILI made by the locum medical practitioners through the Melbourne Medical Deputising Service (MMDS).
The DH coordinates the surveillance of all laboratory confirmed influenza in Victoria, a prescribed group B notifiable disease under the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.
Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza provides data on strain typing of influenza isolates or Victorian influenza positive specimens forwarded by VIDRL and two Melbourne hospital laboratories.