Infectious diseases

What is an infectious disease?

Infectious diseases are illnesses that can spread between or from people and animals.

While the most common infectious diseases are viruses that cause mild short-term effects, some infectious diseases can cause longer term or more serious effects.

How do we help children who have an infectious disease?

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN) provides Infectious Diseases services at The Children's Hospital Westmead (CHW) and Sydney Children's Hospital (SCH). There are six service components to Infectious Diseases services:

  • Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • The HIV service
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Microbiology, Virology and Molecular Pathology Laboratories
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • TB testing

The Infectious Diseases service at SCH provides a wide ranging consultative clinical service to the Randwick Campus (SCH and Royal Hospital for Women), to the local hospital networks (LHN) and to outreach paediatric centres. 

CHW Infectious Diseases is an integrated department supporting all functions related to infections in both in-patients and out-patients of the Hospital.