The Port Pirie Environmental Health Centre (EHC) is a service of the Yorke and Northern Local Health Network that helps protect children from the harmful effects of lead in their environment. The environment has a history of lead contamination resulting from more than 100 years of smelting in Port Pirie.
There is no 'safe' level of lead exposure and exposure should be reduced or prevented to keep blood lead levels as low as possible. Children and pregnant women are at most risk from lead.
Lead Smart — Healthy Food
Children need a variety of good food to stay healthy and in Port Pirie children absorb less lead when they have a full stomach of healthy food.
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those who undertake activities which may put them at risk of lead exposure (for example, home renovations).
family support services – families of children at risk of elevated blood lead levels are given individual counselling, advocacy, support and strategies for reducing their child's risk of exposure and absorption of lead.
community lead education – at community events, child and educational facilities, parenting groups, antenatal sessions
advisory service for health professionals, the council, other government agencies, and local businesses and organisations
home visits to families to investigate lead sources in an around the home
referrals to other family support and child development agencies
loan equipment for cleaning
research and monitoring of lead sources and pathways of lead exposure to develop new and improved ways to reduce the risk of lead exposure in the community.
The Centre is open 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Confidential interpreting services from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are also available Telephone (08) 8226 1990.
About the Port Pirie Environmental Health Centre
The Centre was established in March 1984 for the Port Pirie community, to deliver the South Australian Government's Port Pirie Lead Implementation Program. This program is now a major component of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program (TLAP), which together with the Smelter Redevelopment project aims to achieve significant reductions in children's blood lead levels over the coming years.
The Program's experienced staff provide a wide range of free family-friendly community services to help people understand the issues about lead, and assist the community to achieve an acceptable balance which safeguards the health of local residents, ensures the ongoing viability of one of the world's largest lead smelter, and promotes the sustainability of the City of Port Pirie.
Every child needs a healthy start to life. Our aim is to improve children's health and wellbeing in Port Pirie by focussing on detection, prevention and intervention to reduce the impact of lead.
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