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Public Health Act 2005

What is the Public Health Act 2005 about?

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The aim of this Act is to protect and promote the health of the Queensland public.  The Act provides the basic safeguards necessary to protect public health through cooperation between the State Government, local governments, health care providers and the community.

This is achieved by:

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The Public Health Regulation 2005 supports the Act and includes specific measures for the handling and removal of asbestos and the control of mosquitoes, rats and mice. It also designates the childhood contagious conditions and notifiable conditions, and sets out details for perinatal statistics, health information, cancer notifications and the pap smear register.

What are the major changes between the Public Health Act 2005 provisions compared to the Health Act 1937?

The Public Health Act 2005 is the result of an extensive review of the provisions of the Health Act 1937.  The review focused on:

Comparing the Public Health Act 2005 to the Health Act 1937 provides a quick summary of the major changes in the provisions between the two Acts.

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How to find out more about the Public Health Act 2005

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Last Updated: 18 March 2014
Last Reviewed: 18 April 2007