Since 1993 the APSU has monitored 61 rare childhood conditions that include congenital/genetic disorders, infectious/vaccine preventable studies, mental health issues and other injuries.

Protocol and Questionnaires for current studies can be found of the current studies page.


Current studies listed on the APSU report card for FEBRUARY 2017:

  • Microcephaly in children <12 months old (MCPH)
  • Early Onset Eating Disorder (EoED)
  • 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q)
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
  • Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD)
  • MECP2 Duplication Syndrome (MECP2)
  • Juvenile onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (JoRRP)
  • Congenital varicella (Vcon)
  • Neonatal varicella (Vneo)
  • Rett syndrome
  • Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
  • Newborn and infant herpes simplex virus infection (HSV)
  • Acute flaccid paralysis (AFP)*
  • Paediatric HIV infection or perinatal exposure to HIV
  • Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (includes haemorrhagic disease of the newborn)
  • Congenital rubella

* Please note that cases of AFP should be reported immediately by telephone to the Polio Laboratory on (03) 9342 9607 or email:

Enterovirus Reference Laboratory
Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL)
Doherty Institute
792 Elizabeth St
Melbourne 3000 Victoria
Tel: 03 9342 9607       Fax: 03 9342 9665      Email: 

A comprehensive list of all studies conducted through the APSU can be found on the past studies page.