- Our Laboratories
The role of the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL) is to collaborate with health professionals to provide vital analytic services and technical advice in public health microbiology to inform public health policy and practice. Serving the community since 1897, the MDU PHL is the longest continuously serving public health laboratory in Australia with its primary responsibility to elicit any public health implications from microorganisms such as bacteria from humans, animals, food, water and the environment. The MDU PHL is also home to Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics, which has been recently launched to facilitate research relevant to understanding the role of microbial genomics in public health and clinical microbiology practice in Australia and to provide leadership and training in this field. MDU PHL is also the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for Invasive Bacterial-Vaccine Preventable Diseases (IB-VPD).
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We work closely with the Victorian Health Department, local government authorities, diagnostic laboratories, industry bodies and others to protect public health.
As Melbourne grew quickly into a large city by world standards in the 1880s, all manner of waste was dumped into open street channels, which ran into the Yarra River and Hobsons Bay, causing epidemics of fatal typhoid and diphtheria and polluting waterways.
In 1890 a Royal Commission into the sanitary condition of Melbourne identified a need for a specialist laboratory in Victoria to carry out bacteriological examinations, along with its recommendation for a sewage farm that led to the development of the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee. The Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (formerly also known as Public Health Laboratory and Bacteriology Laboratory) was established in 1897, the same year that the first Melbourne homes were connected to the sewerage system.
We are the longest continuously serving public health laboratory in Australia.
- Forms Available to Download
FM Number Form Name FM0108-2.2 VHPSS Request Form Download FM0110 NEPSS Human Request Form2007 Download FM0111 NEPSS Animal Request Form2007 Download FM0112 NEPSS Foodstuffs Pharmaceuticals Request Form 2007 Download FM0113 NEPSS Milk & Milk Products Request Form 2007 Download FM0114 NEPSS Environment & Water Request Form 2007 Download FM0116-2.3 HS Public Health Investigations Specimens Download FM0117-2.3 WT Water Samples Download FM0118-2.3 FD Food, Food Ingredient and Packaging Specimens Download FM0119-3.4 HC Human Clinical Download FM0377-4.6 MDU PHL CBR Chain of Custody Form Download FM0935-3.2 MDU Internal Chain of Custody Form Download FM0979-3.6 MDU PHL General Chain of Custody Form Download FM1045-1.4 Legionella Chain of Custody form Download FM1062-2.6 NS Neisseria cultures Request form Download FM1080-2.4 MDU Delivery and Handling record Form Download FM1177-1.1 Request Form - STEC Detection Download FM1541-1.7 Food and Water Chain of Custody Form Download FM1664-1.1 Abattoir Request form-Ararat E.coli Petrifilm Download FM1665-1.1 Abattoir Request form-Ararat-Salm Download FM1698-1.1 Request Form - Cryptosporidium typing Download FM1716-1.5 VIFM Request and Chain of Custody Form Download FM1718-2.3 Sealed Primary Container Description form Download FM1851-1.4 FD-C Culture Referral-isolates from meat and meat products Download FM1856-1.3 Food Act s23 Form Download FM1885-1.3 EV Environmental Samples, Swabs and Equipment Download FM2085-1.2 Lm Molecular Subtyping Download FM2152-1.2 SO-Soil and Organic Matter request form Download FM2159-1.2 VPFS Request and Chain of Custody Form Download FM2179-1.2 Request & Chain of Custody form SSBA Specimens for Storage Download FM2201-1.9 C difficile culture referral Request form Download FM2458-2.1 CRE request form Download FM2605-1.1 Microcosms request form A4 Download FM2634-1.1 Whole genome request form 40 Download
- NATA Accreditation
We are accredited with NATA for Biological, Veterinary (to ISO 17025), Medical Testing (to ISO 15189) and to the Forensic Operations Module. To view click here.
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