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Management and Control of Gastroenteritis

At some point, camps and outdoor activity providers are going to be affected by gastroenteritis (commonly referred to as ‘gastro’).  Whether a child arrives with the infection or contracts it sometime during your program, it is important to know how to manage the situation.

Each state has its own guidelines to assist with the management and control of Gastroenteritis.


  • Nation-wide
    • ‘Guidelines for the public health management of gastroenteritis outbreaks due to norovirus or suspected viral agents in Australia’- download here (Source: Australian Government: Department of Health and Ageing).
  • Victoria 
    • ‘A guide for the management and control of gastroenteritis outbreaks in aged care, special care, health care and residential care facilities’- download here (Source: VicHealth).
  • Tasmania
    • ‘Norovirus Facts’- download heregastro (Source: Tasmanian Government: Department of Health & Human Services)
  • New South Wales- 
    • Gastro Pack for Childcare Centres’- download here (Source: NSW Government: Health & Communicable Diseases).
    • Viral Gastroenteritis Fact Sheet- more information here– links to fact sheets can be found at the bottom of the article (Source: NSW Government: Health).
  • Queensland
    • ‘Vomiting events in an Eating Area- Clean up advice’- download here (Source: Queensland Government: Queensland Health).
    • Viral or Suspected Viral Gastroenteritis Outbreaks’- download here (Source: Queensland Government: Department of Health).
  • South Australia & Northern Territory
    • ‘Guidelines for the Management of Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Residential Environments in South Australia’– download here (Source: Department of Health, South Australia).
    • Gastro-Info Kit- Outbreak Coordinator’s Handbook‘- download here (Source: SA Government: Department of Social Services).
  • Northern Territory
    • Please refer to the National guidelines above.
  • Western Australia
    • ‘Guidelines for the prevention and management of gastroenteritis outbreaks in residential care facilities’- download here (Source: Government of Western Australia: Department of Health).