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This man didn’t know he was living in a meth-ridden house

27 August 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing
Jonathan Elam had no idea the house he was renting with his three children was riddled with methamphetamines. The two-bedroom brick veneer house in Warrandyte seemed like a great find in a tight property market. But in April, less than a month after he moved in, he began hearing stories from neighbours about a previous […] Find out more

Barking dogs are affecting woman’s health but says laws not enough to silence them

13 July 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing
A woman who says her mental health is deteriorating as a result of barking dogs near her home believes urgent change is needed to stop people being driven crazy. For four years Jane in Adelaide’s inner south-east has been trying to cope with barking from two neighbouring properties, including a little “shrill” dog just metres […] Find out more

Poisonous mushrooms growing in Melbourne

16 May 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing
Health Alert Status: Active Health advisory: 180008 Date Issued: 15 May 2018 Issued by: Professor Charles Guest, Chief Health Officer, Victoria Issued to: Health professionals, consumers Key messages Extreme caution is advised when picking and consuming wild mushrooms – if in doubt, don’t consume. Poisonous mushrooms including Death Cap mushrooms and Yellow-staining mushrooms are currently […] Find out more

Fears over suspected Legionnaires’ city outbreak

26 February 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing
Health authorities are urging anyone with flu-like symptoms who visited the CBD recently to see a doctor, after a potential outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a CBD cooling tower. Three cases of Legionnaires ’ have been linked to an area south of Bourke Street, between Queen and Spring streets. Two of the victims visited Flinders […] Find out more

Court considers the meaning of a ‘bedroom’ in a rooming house case

15 January 2018
Public Health and Wellbeing
Environmental Health Alert Published by Ian Pridgeon, Marcus Heath, Daniel Silfo, Elizabeth Flanagan, Angelina Bell Magistrates’ Court affirms Improvement Notice issued under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act Background The applicant, being an operator of a rooming house in the City of Casey lodged an appeal to the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court against an Improvement Notice […] Find out more

Hundreds come down with stomach illness during Royal Caribbean cruise

18 December 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing
A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to Florida on Saturday after hundreds of passengers contracted a gastrointestinal illness. During the five-night cruise, 332 cases of the illness were reported, Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean told CNN in a statement. He stressed that it was a small percentage  5.99%  of the more than 5,000 […] Find out more

Health Alert: Measles

19 September 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing
Chief Health Officer Alert 18 September 2017 Measles Status:  Active Date issued:  18 September 2017 Issued by:  Dr Brett Sutton, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Diseases), Victoria Issued to:  General Practitioners and Hospital Emergency Departments Click here to be directed to the DHHS Alert […] Find out more

Less than a week to D-day for slumlords

23 August 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing
It is supposed to be the day when the vice-like grip of slumlords on Victoria’s rooming house industry starts to break. But Shahram fears that after next Thursday, a notorious network linked to two deaths, dozens of houses, and millions in profits , will continue with near impunity, charging more than $200 a week for […] Find out more

Gastroenteritis outbreaks sends 2000 to NSW hospitals in past week

7 August 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing
A slew of gastroenteritis outbreaks across NSW including child care centres and aged care facilities have landed almost 2000 people in emergency departments in the past week, health authorities say. NSW Health is urging members of the public to wash their hands and stay at home if they have gastro symptoms, after a spike in […] Find out more

Penalty Units to go up for Financial Year 2017 – 2018

17 June 2017
Penalty units will go up in the financial year beginning 1 July 2017 to a sum of $158.57 each (from the previous figure of $155.46). Councils should ensure all infringements, orders, notices and correspondence issued after 1 July 2017 are updated to reflect this new figure. For any assistance or advice, please contact Louisa on […] Find out more