Public Health and Wellbeing

Council's Environmental Health Officers are a wealth of information about public health and safety, and are responsible for looking into public health concerns.

CONTENTS​
Head lice
Immunisation
    > Immunisation Clinics
    > Sharps disposal containers
Legionella
Pollution
    > Noise pollution
    > Air pollution
    > Water pollution
Public swimming pools and spas
Safe drinking water
Waste water


HEAD LICE
Head lice are small, white-to-reddish-brown, wingless, blood sucking insects that live in human hair. People get head lice from direct hair to hair contact with another person who has head lice. Head lice do not have wings or jumping legs so they cannot fly or jump from head to head. They can only crawl.

Please contact the environmental health section on (08) 8408 0400 for further information or visit the Department of Health website.


IMMUNISATION

Immunisation is an important process for the prevention of disease across our community. The Adelaide Hills Council conducts regular public immunisation clinics at both Stirling and Woodside. Appointments are not bookable in advance; the clinics are run in a drop-in style. Click here to download the Immunisation Clinic schedule.

The Government of South Australia provides an online immunisation calculator for parents to ensure their children are receiving all the Australian standard vaccines.

Seasonal flu vaccines are generally available from early April. Vaccinations are available at any of the listed clinics with no bookings required. The FluQuadri vaccine is currently available at a cost of $25. Please be aware that NO FEE applies for pregnant women or people over 65 years of age. Please discuss this with the nurse at the time of your vaccination.

For Hepatitis A or the Combined Hepatitis A and B (Twinrix) vaccine, please contact council at least seven days before the clinic to ensure availability. Hepatitis B vaccines are also available.

The first step in protecting new babies against Whooping Cough is a vaccination in the third trimester of pregnancy. Read more about this important vaccination.

For information regarding catch-up vaccinations for school aged children, toddlers or babies please contact:
Pop Up Medics | 1300 858 047 or admin@popupmedics.com.au
Click here to download the vaccine price list

Sharps Disposal Containers
Council offers sharps disposal containers for sale. Two sizes are available:

  • 2.8 litre container is $7.00
  • 1.4 litre container is $5.00

Full containers can be returned to council at either Gumeracha, Stirling or Woodside for disposal. Please note that this service is available to private individual users only. Commercial quantities will not be accepted. Please ensure the container is sealed and we can only accept the authorised yellow medical sharps containers.


LEGIONELLA
Legionella refers to a group of bacteria found in the environment. Legionnaires' Disease from water is usually caused by the species Legionella pneumophila.  Legionella pneumophila must be inhaled and typically infects the lungs and can cause severe pneumonia.  Common sources of infection are cooling towers, hot & cold taps, showers, car washes etc.

High Risk Manufactured Water Systems
Cooling Towers and Warm Water Systems are high risk manufactured water systems and must be operated in accordance with the SA Public Health (Legionella) Regulations 2013, Australian and New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS 3666) and Guidelines for the Control of Legionella.

Owners of a high risk manufactured water system are required to register their system with the Council within one month of commissioning and registration must be renewed annually.

Registration Forms
Warm Water Registration Form 
Warm Water Renewal Form 
Cooling Tower Registration Form
Cooling Tower Renewal Form


POLLUTION
Noise Pollution
The Environment Protection (Noise) Policy 2007 is administered by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), however the Adelaide Hills Council is responsible for monitoring and regulating nuisance noise pollution such as that from domestic premises, construction sites, and commercial premises. Noise is regulated under the  Environment Protection Act 1993, Regulations and Environment Protection (Noise) Policy 2007. 

The below guidelines provide information about permissible noise levels:
General noise information sheet 
Construction noise information sheet

Air Pollution
Air Pollution can be biological, chemical or physical, and includes wood smoke, dust and chemical trespass.

Wood smoke often results from wood burning heaters that are not well maintained or operated. Read the wood burning information sheet to learn how you can best use your wood burning heater.

Water Pollution
Water pollution can include storm water, creeks, rivers etc.  The Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2003 provides a means to protect waterways and reduce pollutants entering the waterways.


PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS
Council's Environmental Health Officers have a responsibility to inspect 'public' swimming pools, spa pools, and water slides to ensure compliance with legislation and protect the community.

Officers assess various aspects of a swimming pool operation as dictated by South Australian Public Health (General) Regulations, and the Standard for the Operation of Swimming Pools & Spa Pool.

For more information on these regulations, visit the Department of Health website or contact Council's Environmental Health Unit on 8408 0400.


SAFE DRINKING WATER

Safe drinking water is essential for our survival.  Maintaining a safer drinking water supply is therefore crucial to good health. The Safe Water Drinking Act 2011 aims to improve the protection of drinking water quality by providing direction to supplier s of our water. Click here to read more about the Safe Water Drinking Act 2011.

Private Water Supplies

Private water supplies are not covered under the legislation and every household with a private supply, such as a rainwater tank or an on-site bore, should ensure the safety of their water. Click here to read more about rainwater tanks.

Bore Water Safety

Bore water may be contaminated and unsafe to use. It should never be used for drinking, cooking, watering edible plants, or filling up swimming pools, unless it has been tested by a specialist laboratory. Click here to read more about bore water safety.


WASTE WATER
Unlike many inner or metropolitan council areas, residents of the Adelaide Hills cannot assume that they are connected to an externally managed sewer system. Many factors contribute towards this, including low density living, the age of many dwellings and topography that is not supportive of sewer networks.

For full details about Waste Water in the district, visit the Waste Water webpage.