The Taranaki DHB Regulatory Services team is the lead service provider in Taranaki for the delivery of health protection functions. The main focus is of the Regulatory Services team to protect health and wellbeing in our Taranaki communities with a focus on environmental health and communicable disease control. This work is undertaken by specialised and designated officers that are appointed under various statues, although principally through the Health Act 1956. Health Protection Officers designated by the Director General of Health and have a role to provide advice, information, assess, respond and minimise public health risk.
Within the Regulatory Services team, we work primarily in the following areas:
Communicable Disease Control
Taranaki Public Health is responsible for investigating cases and outbreaks of notifiable disease, as well as controlling their spread within our community. Examples of notifiable diseases include campylobacter, salmonella, measles and meningococcal.
Drinking Water Assessment
Taranaki Public Health works on behalf of the Ministry of Health to facilitate improvement in the quality of community drinking water supplies throughout Taranaki by administering the requirements of the Health Act 1956, assessing water suppliers compliance with the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand, assessing water safety plans for water suppliers and assisting small water supplies via the Drinking Water Assistance Programme.
Under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 the Medical Officer of Health is required to inquire in to and report on the all licence applications for on, off, club and special licences. Taranaki Public Health staff are also involved in assisting Police and Licensing Inspectors with Controlled Purchase Operations to ensure compliance of licence holders with the Act.
Smokefree Officers work on behalf of the Ministry of Health to ensure tobacco retailers are complying with the Smokefree Environments Act 1990. This includes providing education to retailers, conducting controlled purchase operations to test compliance, ensuring outdoor smoking areas comply with the Act and responding to complaints and enquiries.
This work includes (but is not limited to) the following areas, hazardous substances, contaminated land, border health, burials and cremation, waste management, suspect food poisoning, solaria and sunbeds, recreational water.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019