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In this report we highlight the major health outcomes and achievements related to Health Protection NSW’s activities in 2014, including examples of health protection projects from two public health units.
 

Emergency response coordination

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

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Communicable diseases

In 2014 notifications of pertussis, measles, STIs, and many enteric infections increased, HIV rates stabilized, there was a severe flu season, more Aboriginal children were vaccinated on time, and a special high school based measles vaccination campaign was rolled out.

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Notes from the field

Western Sydney Public Health Unit demonstrates the broad range of health protection activities undertaken at the local level and how policy is implemented in the field; Hunter New England PHU highlights one of the success stories of 2014.

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Environmental health

In 2014, further projects improving housing in Aboriginal communities and drinking water quality progressed, public health unit staff enforced tobacco laws, and health protection staff assisted other government agencies in managing health risks.

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Other news

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

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Previous editions

April 2014 - Measles
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, Woodsmoke
December 2014 - School Vaccination Program, Ebola, Infections in child care, Tobacco related hazards
May 2015 – MERS, Immunisation rates, changes in public health

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Page Updated: Monday 25 July 2016
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