Public Health

The Environmental Health Team at Wellington Shire Council promote the good health and wellbeing of residents through a range of public health programs. This includes the prevention of infectious disease and the minimisation of public health risks within the community.

This role is varied and works under legislation such as the Food Act 1984, the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and the Environment Protection Act 1970.

Some of the tasks undertaken by our Environmental Health Officers (EHO) include:

  • Health promotion and education
  • Provision of community and school immunisation programs
  • Investigation of infectious disease outbreaks
  • Routine inspection of accommodation premises 
  • Routine inspection of Health Act registered health business premises
  • Routine inspection of Food Act registered premises
  • Monitoring of community food events
  • Routine food and water sampling
  • Testing water quality in public pools and spas
  • Approval of wastewater disposal (eg. installation of septic tank systems)
  • Infectious waste disposal 
  • Implementation of a mosquito control program
  • Provision of advice on general pest control, identification and eradication
  • Investigation of residential complaints relating to noise and odours
  • Regulation of the Tobacco Act 1987

 

Primary Care Partnership

The Wellington Primary Care Partnership is a voluntary partnership of health and community based agencies in our Shire. Their goal is to improve the health and social wellbeing of our local community.

Their objectives are:

  • Build and strengthen community partnerships 
  • Work with their service providers such as GPs, community nurses, physiotherapists, counsellors, aged care, disability and home care workers to better coordinate their services
  • Improve access to community health services for consumers and carers
  • Be more responsive to community needs
  • Identify and focus planning around local and regional priority health issues 
  • Encourage consumers to be active participants in their own health care by supporting individuals and families to better understand their health problems
  • Provide better preventative, rehabilitative, maintenance and support programs for people with complex health needs 
  • Offer better health education activities that emphasise healthy behaviour and promote sustainable lifestyle choices

 

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