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Public Health Unit

Providing public health services to the people of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith local government areas.

Our Mission

To protect the health of the population in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, by providing professional, high quality public health services, education, research, information and interventions.

Contact Information

Penrith Office Contact Details
Street Address
Barber Avenue (opposite Tresillian)
Kingswood Nepean Hospital Campus
New South Wales 
Postal Address PO Box 63
Penrith NSW 2751
Telephone
(02) 4734 2022
Facsimile
(02) 4734 3444 
Hours of Service
Monday-Friday
(8:30am - 5:00pm) 
Emergencies
For urgent public health assistance after hours phone Nepean Hospital on
02 4734 2022 and ask for the Public Health Oncall Officer

What do we do?

The role of the Public Health Unit is to identify and prevent or minimise public health risks to the community: these risks may be from infectious or communicable diseases, or from exposure to harmful chemicals or to radiation.

The Public Health Unit also has a role in the enforcement of public health legislation. These responsibilities are largely defined by NSW legislation such as the Public Health Act 2010, the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 and the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.

The Public Health Unit consists of three teams: Infectious Diseases, Immunisation, & Environmental Health. Public health staff work closely with general practitioners, community health workers and hospital-based clinicians, pathology laboratories, schools and childcare centres, local councils, aged care facilities, Medicare Locals and with other government agencies to protect public health. Food poisoning outbreaks are investigated jointly by the Public Health Unit and the NSW Food Authority. We also respond to complaints from the public concerning significant risks to public health.

Emergency Management

"Emergency Management" means an emergency due to an actual or imminent occurrence (such as fire, flood, storm, earthquake, explosion, terrorist act, accident, epidemic or warlike action) which:

(a) endangers, or threatens to endanger, the safety or health of persons or animals in the State, or

(b) destroys or damages, or threatens to destroy or damage, property in the State (State Emergency and Rescue Management Act, 1989).

The Public Health Unit is involved in the management of emergencies in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District. This involves activities to plan for the prevention of, preparation for, response to and recovery from a variety of natural and man-made emergencies that could impact on the heath of the public (eg. pandemics, toxic chemical incidents, floods, infectious diseases, bioterrorist events, etc.).

The Public Health Unit often collaborates with other agencies in research relating to disease prevention, and best practice in public health.

More information can be found at NSW Health website.

 

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