What is Environmental Health?
Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviours.
It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments.
This definition excludes behaviour not related to environment, as well as behaviour related to the social and cultural environment, and genetics. “Environment”, in this context, means things in the natural environment like air, water and soil, and also all the physical, chemical, biological and social features of our surroundings.
The man-made, or “built,” environment includes physical structures where people live and work such as homes, offices, schools, farms and factories, as well as community systems such as roads and transportation systems, land use practices, and waste management.
Consequences of human alteration to the natural environment, such as air and noise pollution, are also parts of the man-made environment.
The social environment encompasses lifestyle factors like diet and exercise, socioeconomic status, and other societal influences that may affect health.
Council has a duty to investigate and respond to complaints received. A complaint may result in an inspection of the relevant premises to ensure they comply with the legislation.
Complaints that are not a Council matter but a civil matter may be referred to mediation. Further information regarding mediation can be found at the Department of Justice & Attorney-General website.