The Environmental Health Branch has a Territory wide commitment to reducing the amount of disease in the community caused by physical, chemical, biological and radiological factors in the environment.
Environmental Health is encompassed within the broader area of public health. The Environmental Health Branch is involved in the assessment, correction, control, and prevention of environmental factors adversely affecting human health. Environmental health practice provides opportunities for improved health outcomes and working towards health promoting environments.
Objectives of Environmental Health are to:
- develop, implement and enforce environmental health, food safety, radiation protection and poisons control legislation
- monitor, audit, inspect and risk assess all commercial premises including take away food shops, markets, restaurants, boarding houses, beauty salons, hairdressers, and ear & body piercing establishments
- work with other program areas of the department and with other agencies, communities and key stakeholders to improve environmental health outcomes and support 'at risk' groups
- action and resolve complaints received regarding environmental health, radiation safety, poisons control and food safety matters
- assist in the development of large scale housing and environmental health infrastructure projects for Indigenous Communities
- provide professional support to Aboriginal Environmental Health Workers (EHWs)
- strengthen health promotion practice at the community level
- conduct environmental health surveys, research and development
Environmental Health comprises a number of discrete services including:
- Aboriginal Environmental Health
- Environmental Health Risk Assessment
- Food Safety
- Medicines & Poisons Control
- Public and Environmental Health Standards
- Radiation Protection
- Solid Waste Management
- Wastewater Management
- Water Quality
For further information about the Environmental Health Branch, please go to our Contact Us page.