Public Health

PUBLIC HEALTH

Council is the local public health authority for its area and functions under the SA Public Health Act 2011 (the Act) are prescribed to promote and to provide for the protection of the health of the public of South Australia and to reduce the incidence of preventable illness, injury and disability. In administrating the Act regard is given to the object and principles of the Act.  The following information and resources are available to assist the public, service providers and business operators within the topics highlighted.  Scroll down to see further information on each portfolio. 

  • News and Updates
  • Forms and Fact Sheets
  • Regional Public Health Plan
  • Hoarding and Squalor
  • Hairdressing, Beauty and Skin Penetration
  • Public Swimming Pools and Spas
  • Onsite Wastewater
  • Supported Residential Facilites
  • High Rick Manufactured Water Systems - Cooling Towers and Warm Water Systems
  • Safe Drinking Water

NEWS AND UPDATES

An Environmental Health - Food & Public Health Complaint Kit has been developed to guide complainants regarding the information under the two relevant Acts to assist in the review and potential investigation of their complaint.  See the kit in the Public Health Form section. 

The City of Mount Gambier together with the Office of the Technical Regulator and the Master Plumber’s Association are holding a local Roadshow on Thursday 23rd February 2017 at City Hall.  This includes the local launch of the new electronic lodgement of Certificate of Compliance (plumbing, gas, electrical).  Registration is essential.

See the link for further details:   Plumbing & Gas - Information Session(256 kb)

FORMS AND FACT SHEETS

Public Health Forms
Food and Public Health Complaint Kit(731 kb)
Hair Beauty Skin Beauty Penetration (HBS) - Self Audit Form(59 kb)
Hair Beauty Skin Penetration - Registration Application(29 kb)
Checklist for fit-out - Hair/Beauty/Skin Penetration Premises(83 kb)
Registration Form - Public Swimming Pools and Spas(621 kb) 
Supported Residential Facilities - Complaint Form(354 kb)
Supported Residential Facility (SRF) - Dispute Application Form(86 kb)
Registration Application High Risk Manufactured Water Systems(46
Onsite Wastewater Works Application Form(79 kb) 
Onsite Wastewater Works Lodgement Checklist(87 kb)
Wastewater - Notice to Council(24 kb)

Public Health Fact Sheets
2016 Public Heath Week - SA Health Fact Sheets - Healthy Get Togethers(2803 kb)
Fact Sheet - Safe Drinking Water Act to Food Premises(168 kb)
Fact Sheet - Feral Rodents: Prevention and Control(98 kb)
Fact Sheet - Staying Safe Around Bats(279 kb)
Fact Sheet - Mosquito control on private land after floods and storms(282 kb)
Wastewater Fact Sheet - Information for Plumbers: New Requirements Regarding Onsite Wastewater Systems(250 kb) Wastewater Fact Sheet - Maintenance of Aerobic Wastewater Treatment Systems(121 kb)
Wasterwater Example Site Plan(292 kb)
Health Information Leaflet - Household Mould(143 kb)

Public Health Links and Further Information
Limestone Coast Services Directory 
Hoarding and Squalor SA
SA Health
SA Health - Public Swimming Pools and Spas 
SA Health - Safe Drinking Water 
Guidelines for Legionella Control in Health and Aged Care Facilities(1547 kb)
City of Mount Gambier Wastewater Policy Review(1883 kb)

REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PLAN

The City of Mount Gambier Regional Public Health Plan 2015-2020 has been developed in accordance with the South Australian Public Health Act (the Act) 2011 Section 51 provisions. The act describes that local government is in the best position to be delegated functions to take action to preserve, protect and promote public health within its area. Public health is defined under the act as ‘the health of individuals in the context of the wider community’.

The Regional Public Health Plan identifies key emerging priority areas for Mount Gambier’s public health and the determinants of health that are specific to our local population. The eleven priorities areas highlighted include:

  • Degenerative and Mobility for the Aged
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Domestic Violence
  • Delayed Early Childhood Development
  • Dental Health
  • Potentially Avoidable Hospital Admissions
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Obesity and Overweight
  • Poor Nutrition and Diet

Regional Public Health Plan 2015-2020(648 kb)

HOARDING AND SQUALOR

Hoarding and Squalor symptoms include the acquisition of too many things, difficulty discarding, excessive clutter that interferes with the home environment occasionally with unsanitary conditions, all of which can cause distress.

If challenging living conditions such as these are negatively impacting you or someone you know please see the above public health link to the hoarding and squalor website for further information

HAIRDRESSERS, BEAUTY AND SKIN PENETRATION FACILITIES

Monitoring of hair, beauty and skin penetration businesses (e.g. acupuncturists, tattooists and body piercers) that are registered with Council, against the Department of Health Guidelines, forms part of the health prevention program conducted by authorised officers. This is undertaken with the use of an annual self audit and onsite inspections for high risk rated services. Business operators are requested to register with Council (see Public Health Forms) and provide service and contact details.  Communication with the local industry to provide updates and notification of trending issues when received by SA Health is an important step in health protection. Home based activity is included and a leaflet is available on Council’s Development Forms and Leaflet webpage to assist with Planning requirements, if any. These services are inspected to ensure that equipment/premises are hygienic and that appropriate procedures are in place to help protect the community and service providers from the spread of communicable diseases/conditions. Service operators can display Council’s new letter of registration acknowledgment introduced in 2016 which provides community awareness of those being monitored under the Act. A checklist for fit-out of a hair, beauty and skin penetration premise (see above Public Health Form section) has been created to assist with requirements under the relevant guidelines.

Infection Control You Tube Channel - NSW

 

PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS

Publically accessible pools and spas are monitored to ensure they are adequately disinfected, maintained appropriately and suitable for public use.  The facility owner / operator is obligated to operate in compliance with the Public Health (General) Regulations 2013 and the Standard for the Operation of Swimming Pools and Spa Pools. Facility users are also obligated by rules and should not enter the water if suffering from diarrhoea (stay out until 2 weeks symptom free).  Check with the facility operator for all rules relating to use.  Home based activity (eg providing swimming lessons in residential pool) is included and a leaflet is available on Council’s Development Forms and Leaflet webpage to assist with Planning requirements, if any.  Business operators are requested to complete and keep current a registration form (see above Public Health Form section) for public swimming pools and spas.

ONSITE WASTEWATER SYSTEMS (SEPTICS)

The City of Mount Gambier has a number of existing septic systems in areas not connected to sewer. As the City of Mount Gambier is in the capture zone of the Blue Lake only aerobic on-site waste water systems are now approved for new development in areas where sewer is not available. Council is responsible for assessing the application for new systems and conducts onsite inspections at the time of installation. As part of the development process an Application to Install an Aerobic Wastewater treatment system needs to be lodged with Council. The Aerobic Wastewater Treatment Systems Application Checklist contains further information on installation requirements. 

SUPPORTED RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES (SRF)

Council is responsible for licensing a supported residential facility within it area (provides accommodation and some personal care services for clients) under the SA Supported Residential Facility Act 1999. Authorised officers conduct announced and unannounced audits and inspections throughout the year to determine if licence is issued and continued compliance with relevant legislation.  SRFs are also captured under the Food Act 2001 and SA Public Health Act 2011.  If you have evidential concerns or complaints regarding a SRF it is recommended you contact the facility owner or Manager in the first instance. A SRF must have a complaint system in place and the facility prospectus outlines facility rules and this system.  If resolution of the complaint is not achieved to your satisfaction after following the facility system see the Public Health Form list for Council’s SRF Complaint or Dispute Form which can be lodged for assessment.  If a resident needs an advocate this is outlined in the facility prospectus or alternatively if a resident with a disability they can contact the Community Visitor Scheme - Phone 1800 606 302 or if a seniors resident they can contact Aged Rights Advocacy Service – Phone 1800 700 600 to request assistance

HIGH RISK MANUFACTURED WATER SYSTEMS - COOLING TOWERS AND WARM WATER SYSTEMS

Cooling towers are inspected to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to inhibit growth of Legionella bacteria (the bacteria associated with Legionnaire's disease). Inspections are undertaken to confirm that cooling towers are regularly cleaned, monitored, dosed with biocides and maintained to a satisfactory standard.

SAFE DRINKING WATER

The aim of the Safe Drinking Water (SDW) Act 2011 and Regulations is to improve protection of drinking water quality, by providing direction to drinking water providers on how to achieve safety and how it can be measured. The Act applies to all drinking water supplies except for individual domestic supplies and some small low risk supplies.

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