Welcome

Welcome

In this report we highlight the major health outcomes and achievements related to Health Protection NSW’s activities in 2015.

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Workforce capacity

Improving workforce capacity

Activities were undertaken to continue improving the capacity of the health protection workforce.
 

Communicable diseases

In 2015 there was a state wide outbreak of pertussis, a severe winter influenza season, a significant increase in enteric notifications, and acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) were made notifiable.  HIV rates remained stable, as did most STIs.

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Environmental health

Environmental health

In 2015, further projects improving housing in Aboriginal communities and drinking water quality progressed, fluoridation commenced for the first time in some parts of the north coast of NSW, and planning proposals were assessed.   

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Other news

Other news

For other  health protection news:

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NSW health protection network staff contributed to a number of publications.

 

Emergency response coordination

Staff working in health protection across the state were trained and exercised in various scenarios in preparedness for public health emergencies.    
 
Previous editions

Previous editions

April 2014 - Measles, heat, bushfires
May 2014 - Influenza, MERS, BBV
June 2014 - Year in review 1 - communicable disease
July 2014 - Year in review 2 - environmental health
August 2014 - Ebola, STEC, traffic related air pollution
September 2014 - Impact of lab testing rates, prison health, wood smoke
December 2014 - School vaccination program, ebola, infections in child care, tobacco related hazards
May 2015 - MERS, immunisation rates, changes in public health
September 2015 - 2014 Year in review
July 2016 - Refugee health, healthcare-associated infections, locally acquired hepatitis E, tuberculosis, antenatal pertussis vaccination program, health risk of asbestos, EHO career

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