Townsville Public Health Unit (TPHU)
Located at 242 Walker Street Townsville city, the Public Health Unit (PHU) supports the Townsville, Mackay and Northwest Hospital and Health Services.
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Townsville Public Health Unit (TPHU) is responsible for coordinating and providing leadership for public health planning, strategy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. TPHU coordinates and supports public health programs for priority health issues of national, state-wide and local significance, undertakes health surveillance and disease control initiatives including response to disease outbreaks, and implements or oversees the implementation of public health legislation.
The Unit is distinguished from other roles of the health system by its focus on the health and well-being of populations, rather than individuals. The objectives are:
- protecting health
- preventing disease and illness
TPHU achieves this by working collaboratively with and supporting a range of organisations including other health services; government departments; local government; non-government agencies; research institutions and local communities.
TPHU works collaboratively with internal stakeholders including other teams such as workforce and clinical, other Hospital and Health Services units, Communicable Diseases Unit and external stakeholders to ensure that Queensland Health is better prepared to respond to the public health challenges facing the health care industry through carefully designed strategy and strategic service planning.
As well as the local focus of TPHU, there is also a state-wide focus which is required to address the diverse and often contrasting range of conditions capable of impacting on public health. Responses to these issues are delivered by staff working in multidisciplinary teams that include:
- public health physician
- public health nurses
- epidemiologist and data manager
- environmental health officers