The role of the Environmental Health Service is to oversee and protect the public environmental health standards of the communities within the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku in the areas of water surveillance, food safety, disease control, community living, waste management and health education. The aim of the service is to improve the health of the communities, protect the quality of the environment and to ensure the requirements of the Health Act and Regulations are adhered to.
The Environmental Health Team is currently introducing a Trachoma Program into the various school campuses within the Shire, encouraging cleanliness and proper hygiene habits within the youth. A strategic plan for the implementation of this program has been developed and is available from the Shire. The following is a brief list of some of the other programs currently implemented by Environmental Health Services:
• Investigations carried out on notifications of infectious disease, to attempt to isolate the source of contamination and to prevent further spread of the disease.
• Participation in dog health and control programs.
• Maintain programs for the control of mosquitoes and other pests and to provide education to the communities on such issues.