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Public Health Unit

The Metro South Public Health Unit focus on protecting health; preventing disease, illness and injury, and promoting health and wellbeing at a population or whole of community level.

The role of the Public Health Unit is to: 

  • coordinate disease control initiatives, including response to, and notification of, disease outbreaks
  • undertake a range of environmental health initiatives, including monitoring compliance with and enforcing public health legislation in relation to food safety and standards, water quality standards, regulated drugs and poisons, and tobacco control
  • assess and coordinate local responses to environmental health risks
  • undertake epidemiology and health surveillance activities, including the collation, analysis, monitoring and dissemination of information on health status and disease trends
  • provide specialist public health advice to health services, other sectors and the community, and develop their capacity to collaboratively plan and implement effective public health programs
  • provide education, training and clinical support for immunisation programs, and coordinate school-based vaccination programs.
Last updated 15 October 2019
Last reviewed 22 March 2019