Public Health

Good public health relies on us building community wellbeing and supporting our communities to live healthy and active lifestyles.

Immunisation

Immunisation is one of the best ways to protect yourself, your children and others in our community against certain diseases through immunisation programs.

When a large percentage of the population is immunised against some specific diseases, it becomes harder for that disease to spread. When enough people in the community are immunised the infection can no longer be spread from person to person and the disease could die out altogether.

Immunisation is a simple, safe and highly effective way of protecting children and adults from harmful diseases before they come into contact with them. It is estimated that vaccinations currently save up to 2.5 million lives worldwide each year.

The City of Unley Town Hall is a venue for regular immunisation clinics run by Pop-Up Medics. Please download the timetable below for 2020 clinic dates.

Bookings are by appointment only and can be made online or by phoning Pop-Up Medics on 1300 858 047.

  • How Immunisation Works

    Immunisation uses the body’s natural defence mechanism – the immune response. When a person is vaccinated, their body produces an immune response in the same way their body would after exposure to a disease, but without the person suffering symptoms of the disease. When a person comes in contact with that disease in the future, their immune system will rapidly produce antibodies to prevent or reduce the severity of the disease.

    Young children, particularly babies, do not have a well-developed immune system like older children and adults. Most vaccines need to be given more than once to build long lasting protection. It is important for children to complete the full recommended course or schedule of vaccinations at the recommended times. Sometimes it is possible to ‘catch-up’ the doses if the vaccinations are not given on time. Not getting the full course of vaccinations can leave a child unprotected and at risk of disease.

  • What To Know Before Getting Immunised

    A Pop-Up Medics immunisation nurse will check if you can be vaccinated by completing a pre-vaccination screening. Before you consent to being vaccinated they will discuss the effects of the disease, the possible side effects of vaccination and what to do to reduce the side effects.

    Pop-Up Medics offers immunisation clinics on behalf of the City of Unley at the Unley Town Hall (next to the Civic Library). Pop-Up Medics immunisation clinics - by appointment only - have no service fee. Vaccinations funded through the National Immunisation Program Schedule are free when you have a valid Medicare card. For a full list of all clinic times please download the 2020 City of Unley Immunisation Clinic Timetable above.

    Further information about immunisations is available from SA Health.

  • Available Vaccinations

    Immunisation is available for protection against the following diseases:

    • Poliomyelitis
    • Whooping cough
    • Tetanus
    • Diphtheria
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella
    • Hepatitis 'A'
    • Hepatitis 'B'
    • Haemophilus influenzae b
    • Varicella (chickenpox) and meningococcal C (for specific age groups)
    • Invasive pneumococcal disease
    • Meningococcal ACYW and Men B
  • Flu Vaccinations

    Flu vaccination is available at all clinics from April 2020.

    Protect yourself and your family - book flu vaccinations today!

    • FREE for 6 months to < 5 years
    • FREE for > 65 years
    • FREE for pregnant women
    • FREE for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people aged > 6 months
    • FREE for people with specified medical conditions
    • $25.00 fee for all others.
     

    Bookings are by appointment only and can be made online or by phoning Pop-Up Medics on 1300 858 047.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What should I bring to the immunisation clinic?
    Please bring your child's Personal Health Record book and Medicare Card.

    What do I do if I require a catch-up immunisation?
    Contact Pop-Up Medics to allow our nurses to assess your records and schedule any vaccinations that are due prior to your preferred clinic. Please provide a copy of all previous Immunisation History in English or translated into English to assist with development of the catch-up schedule.

    How do I access Flu Vaccine?
    Pop-Up Medics offers flu vaccine from April to December each year for a fee.  Please book online for administration of the Flu vaccination. This is an important vaccine for adults and children. You may fit one of the criteria for a free influenza vaccine. For more information on this, visit the SA Health Immunisation website or ask the nurse at the clinic.

    Can I bring my own vaccines?
    No, all vaccines administered at our clinics are provided by Pop-Up Medics to ensure the cold chain is maintained and the vaccines remain potent prior to administration.

Environmental Health

Our Environmental Health Team is responsible for administering legislative requirements under the following acts:

  • South Australian Public Health Act 2011, and subordinate codes and regulations
  • Food Act 2001, Food Regulations 2002, and Food Safety Standards
  • Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992, and Regulations

The Environmental Health Team also works in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on matters concerning noise, dust and stormwater pollution.

As part of the administration of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, Environmental Health Officers regulate the following items.
  • Public Swimming Pools & Spas

    Public pools and spas pose potential health risks if not properly maintained. Disease causing organisms live and multiply in pool water that has not been properly treated and can result in eye, ear, skin and intestinal infection. Inadequate chemical balance of pool water can also cause skin rashes and conjunctivitis.

    Council's Environmental Health Section inspects public pools and spas ensuring that they are maintained in accordance with the requirements of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011, the South Australian Public Health (General) Regulations 2013 and Standard for the Operation of Swimming Pools and Spa Pools in South Australia – revised 2013.

    When inspecting public swimming pools, Environmental Health Officers look at a variety of requirements including:

    • The pool must be fitted with an automatic doser
    • The levels of disinfectant, pH & alkalinity
    • Regular testing
    • Operators knowledge
     

    To view fact sheets and legislation regarding Public Swimming Pools and Spas visit the SA Health Website.

  • High Risk Manufactured Water Systems (HRMWS)

    Information is available to owners and operators responsible for the control of legionella in High Risk Manufactured Water Systems; particularly cooling water systems, and warm water systems.

    High Risk Manufactured Water Systems must be operated and maintained in accordance with the South Australian Public Health Act (Legionella) Regulations 2013, the Australian and New Zealand Standards (AS/NZS 3666) and the Guidelines for the Control of Legionella.

    A key role of Council in relation to HRMWS and legionella control includes annual registration and inspection in accordance with the above legislation of all registered systems within the City of Unley.

    For more information regarding the control of Legionella visit the SA Health Website.

  • Hairdressing, Beauty & Skin Penetration

    All hairdressing salons, skin penetration operators and beauty salons are required to operate in a safe and hygienic manner. The guidelines, which can be found below, are designed to provide best practice information to ensure safe and hygienic premises and procedures.

    To view the Hairdressing Standards and Skin Penetration guidelines visit the SA Health Website.

Regional Public Health Plan

The Cities of Unley and Mitcham have committed to a regional approach to planning for the public health and wellbeing of their communities. The Living Well Plan sets directions for promoting community health in the region, and considers Council functions which influence health and the role of local government as the local ‘Public Health Authority’ under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011.