Public Health

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

Immunisation

Immunisation is a proven, safe and effective way of protecting children and the community against harmful diseases.  

Eastern Health Authority (EHA) provides immunisation programs on behalf of the City of Unley and you are invited to attend the clinic held at the Unley Town Hall (next to the Civic Library) or any other clinic held by EHA.

Vaccines on the National Immunisation Program are provided free of charge for those with a Medicare Card. Other vaccines are available for a fee.

For a full list of all clinic locations and times download the 2019 EHA Immunisation Clinic Timetable.

Bookings can be made online or by phone 8132 3600.
  • Immunisation Services

    Immunisation is available against:

    • 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)
    • iIvasive pneumococcal disease


    Serum available:

    • Diphtheria
    • Whooping cough
    • Tetanus
    • Measles, mumps and rubella
    • Polio
    • Hib
    • Hepatitis 'A'
    • Hepatitis 'B'
    • Varicella
    • Meningococcal C
    • 7-Valent pneumococcal
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    What should I bring to the immunisation session?

    Please bring your child's Personal Health Record book and Medicare Card.

    Do you have the Meningococcal B vaccine?

    A vaccine against meningococcal B is available on the private market. EHA currently has stock of this vaccine called Bexsero. This vaccine can be commenced from 6 weeks of age. As of 1 October 2018 the vaccine will be available for free for children under 4 years of age.

    What do I do if I require a catch-up immunisation?

    If you live in one of our Constituent Council areas, and have missed any scheduled vaccinations, or have been vaccinated elsewhere in Australia or overseas, EHA can assess your records and schedule any vaccinations that are due.

    All you have to do is fill in a form, and provide a copy of all previous Immunisation History in English or translated into English and return to EHA.

    Flu Vaccines

    EHA offer flu vaccines generally from April to December each year, for a fee. The 2018 Influenza Vaccine is available at all of the EHA public clinics from 6 months of age. Children under 5 years are eligible to receive the Influenza vaccine for free as of 1 July 2018.

    Please book an appointment today online for the Flu vaccination to attend one of the EHA Public Clinics for this important vaccine for adults and children.

    If you are pregnant, aged over 65, have children under 5 years of age, suffer from certain chronic conditions or are an Aboriginal younger than 5 or older than 15, you are eligible for free flu vaccinations as part of the Annual Influenza Program.  For more information, visit the SA Health website

    Can I bring my own vaccines?

    In some cases a medical practitioner will complete a script for a vaccine so that the individual can purchase the medication and arrange the vaccination at their convenience. Vaccines purchased under these circumstances are not able to be administered by EHA Immunisation Nurses as they have not been stored under the control of our offices.

    Most vaccines are able to be provided to you by EHA if you provide the script. Contact EHA to discuss which vaccine your GP has recommended and if they are able to assist you.

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.