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Public Health Services

What we do

Public Health Services is responsible for:

  • public health strategic planning and reporting
  • administration, oversight and maintenance of public health legislation
  • high-level advice on public health issues to the Department for Health and Ageing, the Minister, other government agencies, non-government organisations, the media and the public.

Who we are

Public Health Services provides leadership, management and oversight of the following public health programs:

Scientific Services Branch

The Scientific Services Branch protects and enhances public health by minimising potential environmental health risk factors arising in homes and from air, water, soil and hazardous substances and provides medical, scientific and technical advice on a wide variety of exposure scenarios.

  • approvals, monitoring and enforcing compliance of the Safe Drinking Water Act 2011
  • management of water quality incidents
  • issues licences, authorities, permits, undertakes inspections and enforces the Controlled Substances Act 1984
  • supporting, advising and working with other jurisdictions for the consistent regulation of chemicals.

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Health Protection Branch

Health Protection Branch identifies, investigates and manages environmental factors that impact on public health.

  • develops public health policy, legislation, advice and programs for the management of environmentally mediated infectious disease and coordinates outbreak investigations and responses to these diseases
  • supports the implementation and administration of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and regulations by State and Local Government
  • undertakes public health planning and direct service delivery across the Out-of-Council Areas of South Australia (remote), including Unincorporated Areas and Aboriginal Communities
  • is responsible for state-wide enforcement of measures to control the supply and consumption of tobacco
  • provides direct service delivery and coordination of Aboriginal Environmental Health programs
  • develops and administers wastewater related legislation and technical guidance for infrastructure, recycling and onsite systems.

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Food Safety and Nutrition Branch

Food Safety and Nutrition Branch protects the public from preventable health risks associated with the consumption of food, and promotes informed consumer choices about safe and healthy food by:

  • monitoring and enforcing compliance with the SA Food Act 2001 and the Food Standards Code
  • supporting, advising and working with local government on consistency and workforce development
  • developing and implementing national and state food and nutrition policy and law
  • educating regulators, food businesses, consumers, students and other interested parties about food safety, labelling, food standards and nutrition
  • investigating food poisoning and other food safety incidents and taking corrective action (such as food recalls) to protect the safety of the food supply
  • coordinating the South Australian Government’s position regarding the regulation of genetically modified (GM) organisms and GM food

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Public Health Partnerships Branch

Public Health Partnerships Branch works with a range of partners to improve the health and wellbeing of all South Australians by supporting implementation of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and the South Australian Public Health Plan with a priority focus on the action areas:

  • Stronger and Healthier Communities for All Generations
  • Increasing Opportunities for Healthy Living, Healthy Eating and Being Active.

The primary functions of the Public Health Partnerships Branch are to:

  • develop, maintain and coordinate Public Health Partner Authorities across state government, the non-government sector, university sector and private enterprises
  • In collaboration with Department of the Premier and Cabinet, develop mechanisms and structures to systematise Health in All Policies principles, processes and practices in government policy and planning, in line with section 17 of the Act.
  • support the health care system to develop specific and targeted prevention strategies
  • deliver major strategic public health projects designed to support the priority action areas of the South Australian Public Health Plan, such as OPAL, the Healthy Workers – Healthy Futures initiative, under thethe Men’s Health Strategy, Community Foodies and the Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service
  • coordination of the South Australian Cervix Screening Program (SACSP) and the ATSI Well Women’s Screening Program
  • support state and local government to address public health priorities, as required

Visit the Healthy living section on the SA Health website to find out more about some of the ways SA Health works to improve the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

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Local Government Relations and Policy

Local Government Relations and Policy (LGR&P) works with the Local Government Association of SA (the LGA) to ensure a responsive, supportive service for local councils, as local public health authorities for their areas, in administering their responsibilities under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. Through its lead relationship with the LGA, LGR&P supports local councils in their administration of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and to develop and successfully implement Regional Public Health Plans for their areas.  LGR&P:

  • tailors consultation, advice and engagement with local government on the development of Regional Public Health Plans (RPHP) and relevant issues, including vulnerable populations and health equity
  • contributes to public health policy, legislation, and advice that supports local councils in their implementation of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011
  • communicates with local government and other stakeholders on public health planning issues, identified in the RPHP process, in collaboration with the LGA
  • partners with local councils, through the LGA, and with other stakeholders to enhance local government capacity to act on public health priorities
  • assists with public health system building actions including evaluation, monitoring and reporting.
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Contact

General enquiries

SA Health
PO Box 287 Rundle Mall Adelaide SA 5000

Phone: (08) 8226 7100
Fax: (08) 8226 7102
Email: public.health@health.sa.gov.au

Scientific Services Branch

Phone: (08) 8226 7100

Controlled Substances Licencing

Phone: (08) 8226 7100
Fax: (08) 8226 6681
Email: controlledsubstances@health.sa.gov.au

Drinking Water

Phone: (08) 8226 7100
Incident Hotline: 1300 558 657
Email: waterquality@health.sa.gov.au

Health Protection Branch

Phone:(08) 8226 7100

Health Protection Programs

Policy and advice

Email: HealthProtectionPrograms@health.sa.gov.au

Health Protection Operations

Out-of-Council areas & tobacco compliance

Email: HealthProtectionOperations@health.sa.gov.au

Wastewater

Phone: (08) 8226 7100

Food Safety and Nutrition

Phone: (08) 8226 7100
Email: food@health.sa.gov.au

SA Cervix Screening Program

Phone: (08) 8226 8181. Country callers telephone 13 15 56
Email: cervixscreening@health.sa.gov.au

Public Health Partnerships Branch

Phone: (08) 8226 7100

Local Government Relations and Policy

Phone:(08) 8226 7100
Email:Health.OCPHO@health.sa.gov.au

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