Environmental Health Department

The connection between health, housing and infrastructure is less visible in affluent Australia. This is not so for many Aboriginal communities in Australia. Research has highlighted environmental health conditions, particularly the failure of existing housing and health infrastructure on many Aboriginal communities, as being an important contributor to the higher rates of infection, injuries and chronic disease in Aboriginal people. [National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) (1989). Prepared by the National Aboriginal Health Strategy Working Party. Canberra, AGPS; March 1989]

Environmental health workers are there to help create environments that is supportive to health

As environmental health workers we look at things that make people sick which is caused by the environment.

Things we look at

  • Dog issues
  • Personal hygiene
  • Waste management
  • Pest control
  • Water management
  • Storage

By working with the community members on these topics, it helps prevent these issues and makes a healthier community.

Environmental Health Roles and Responsibilities

The roles of the Aboriginal Environmental Health Worker

  • Improve the environment of the community
  • Work with the community stakeholders & other service providers
  • Educate and Empower the community

The roles of the community and dog owners

  • Keep the community clean
  • Keep their houses clean
  • Keep their dogs and bedding clean
  • Eat Healthy
  • Provide their dogs with healthy food and water
  • keep themselves clean and healthy