Council aims to minimise the incidence or spread of infectious diseases through the administration and enforcement of the relevant provisions of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and to reduce the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases in the community.
A key role of the Health Protection Unit is administering vaccinations to babies, infants, school age children and adults.
More on immunisation.
Council's Health Protection Unit registers and inspects all premises conducting skin penetration activities such as tattooists, body piercers, ear piercers and electrolysis clinics in addition to beauty parlours and hairdressers. The purpose of this registration is to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by regular inspection (which checks correct cleaning, sterilisation and operator procedure), proprietor education and information transfer.
More on Personal Care Businesses.
Motels, boarding houses and accommodation facilities also require registration. The purpose of this registration is to allow routine inspection of premises to monitor clean, hygienic, uncrowded accommodation. Private dwellings where not more than 5 people in addition to family members rent rooms do not require registration.
More on Prescribed Accommodation.
Water samples are taken from public pools and spas for microbiological and chemical analysis.
Community concerns about premise cleanliness, procedure, or control of infectious disease are investigated by the Public Health Unit.
Head lice checking is offered to schools. Advice and lotion is given to parents or carers to treat confirmed cases.
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Health Protection Unit