The Public Health Unit Bendigo (phuB) is a team of administrators and clinicians from Bendigo Health who investigate and trace COVID-19 outbreaks in the Loddon Mallee region, with the aim of containing them quickly to protect the community.
The phuB comprises of a contact tracing arm and a clinical monitoring arm.
The contact tracing team is currently made up of 12 clinicians and the clinical monitoring arm has access to a wide group of clinical consultants at Bendigo Health.
The state government in July committed to establishing regional contact tracing teams in a bid to stop the spread of Coronavirus in regional Victoria.
The phuB was established to provide local contact tracing and monitoring for the region.
Prior to the phuB becoming operational, contact tracing was previously conducted by the state government's public health unit.
The phuB works in conjunction with the Bendigo Health's COVID-19 Screening Clinics.
Once a positive test is returned, contact tracers interview the person to establish where the person has been while infectious and who the person may have been in contact with.
The contact tracers then call the established 'close contacts' of the positive person, business and organisations linked to the case to inform them what to do next.