Health protection involves the prevention and control of threats to health from communicable diseases and the environment. In NSW in 2014 these functions were carried out by a range of groups, among them Health Protection NSW’s Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health Branches, the NSW Ministry of Health’s Population and Public Health Division, public health units, clinicians, local health district services, local government, other government agencies, and communities.
In this report we highlight some of the major health protection issues in 2014, including some examples from public health units.
We also report activities in the following 12 priority areas:
Protecting the health of the community is a collaborative effort, involving Public Health Units, clinicians, laboratory scientists, affected communities, and other government and community-based organisations. We thank all those involved for the role they played in NSW in 2014.