Public Health Unit (PHU)
NT Health operates an operational and policy development Public Health Unit which provide Territory wide services.
The role of the Public Health Unit in each health service includes, but is not exclusive to:
- the control of communicable diseases
- the implementation of preventative health programs
- reducing the amount of disease caused by physical, chemical, biological and radiological factors in the environment.
The Public Health Unit directorate in Department of Health is responsible for:
- Territory‐wide health planning
- developing system‐wide policy, strategy and advice
- intergovernmental relations
- performance and accountability
- national and local reporting as it relates to public health.
The directorate remains accountable to the Chief Health Officer, NT Health. Officers working within the directorate provide professional support as well as guidance and support to the operational public health teams within the regional health services.
The Public Health Units support both government and non-government health service sites.
Specific programs within the Public Health Unit include:
- vaccinations in remote communities
- sexual health services
- needle and syringe program
- health conditions and treatments (bacterial infections, cerebral palsy, digestive health, fungal infections, heat stress, parasites, rheumatic heart disease, sexual health, viral infections)
- emergencies, injuries and accidents (bites and stings, falls injury prevention, fireworks injury).
Last updated: 07 June 2022
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