Public Health and Wellbeing Act
Many sections of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008
deal with protecting
the public and providing interventions to limit the spread of infectious
diseases. Council's Environmental Health Officers (E.H.Os) and Medical Officers of
Health play a key role.
The Public Health and Wellbeing Act provides
The functions of the Council under this Act is to seek to prevent
diseases, prolong life and promote public health through organised programs
including the prevention and control of:
- environmental health dangers;
- health problems of particularly vulnerable population groups
- developing and enforcing up to date public health standards and intervening
if the health of people within the municipal district is affected.
Council undertakes the following broad range of activities;
- Immunisation sessions for school students;
- Monitoring of Premises pursuant to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act and
Food Act, including the registration of Prescribed Accommodation, hairdressing
and similar businesses
- The inspection of public pools and spa pools;
- The provision of free sharps containers and the arrangement disposal of
returned containers (to non commercial generators of used needles, syringes i.e.
- The supply of information and treatment lotions for head lice;
- The investigation of notification of infectious diseases occurrences.
The Public Health
and Wellbeing Act requires three broad categories of businesses to be registered
- Hairdressing Premises – fixed or mobile.
- Beauty parlours and skin penetration premises such as ear piercing,
electrolysis, tattooists. Acupuncturists are now registered by their own
- Prescribed Accommodation such as motels, larger B&B’s and school
dormitory style accommodation where the accommodation comprises shared
facilities or where the accommodation does not include all facilities normally
associated with a dwelling.
The purpose of the Registration process is
to ensure that the facility is monitored in respect to public health standards,
cleanliness and maintenance, overcrowding, and for hairdressing/skin penetration
type places to ensure operations adhere to the operational requirements
regarding sanitisation or sterilisation of equipment.
annually during December for the following calendar year. In relation to
accommodation, separate registration is also required if food is sold (including
the provision for an all inclusive charge i.e. B&B’s).
Under the Act,
Council is also required to develop, in consultation with other stakeholders and
the community a "Mansfield Shire Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan". For more detailed information on the plan, or to speak to an E.H.O, contact Council's Environmental Health Unit on (03) 5775 8555.