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Public health

The City of Subiaco is committed to working with the community to improve the health of present and future generations.  This page contains information about public health campaigns supported by the city.

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Asbestos Awareness Month

The city’s Environmental Health Services team participates in Asbestos Awareness Month, which is an annual initiative of the Asbestos Education Committee in collaboration with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute and is supported by Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia.

Asbestos Awareness Month aims to educate home owners and renovators of the asbestos related health risks associated with DIY projects around the home. At least 1 in 3 Australian homes contain products entirely or partially comprised of asbestos fibers. Any home built or renovated before 1987 could contain asbestos products such as fencing, wall panels, floor surfaces, gutters, downpipes, roof insulation and even plumbing.

For more information about asbestos awareness visit the Asbestos Awareness website


Food Allergy Week

The city’s Environmental Health Services team participates in Food Allergy Week, an annual initiative of Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia that aims to raise awareness about food allergies, to help reduce the risk for those living with a food allergy.

Allergies are becoming increasingly common throughout Australia, affecting one in three people.  An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to substances which can create a mild to potentially life threatening reaction. These common substances are known as allergens and are found in foods, and also house dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, mould and some medicines.

In Australia food allergies affect 1 in 10 babies, 6% of children and an estimated 2% of adults. The nine most common food allergens cause 90% of reactions include milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and sesame.

It is important to understand that allergic reactions are not only triggered from ingesting food. Some extremely sensitive individuals can react to the smell of particular foods being cooked or even kissing someone who has eaten the food they are allergic to. 

Allergic reactions may occur almost immediately after being exposed to the food product although most often will occur within 20 minutes to 2 hours. The allergic reaction may initially appear mild but can progress very quickly. The most dangerous reaction is anaphylaxis, which involves the respiratory system and/or cardiovascular system.

Symptoms of a mild allergic reaction include:

  • hives, welts or body redness
  • swelling of the face, lips and eyes
  • vomiting or abdominal pain
  • mouth tingling

Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction include:

  • difficulty breathing
  • swelling of the tongue and throat
  • difficulty talking and/or hoarse voice
  • persistent dizziness and pale and floppy particularly in young children


Should you suspect a food causes you an allergic reaction, avoid that food and speak with your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with a food allergy, always carry your emergency medication with you and alert individuals (i.e. restaurant staff, party host) of your specific allergy. Should you suffer from an allergic reaction seek medical advice.

For more information about Food Allergy Week and food allergies visit the Food Allergy Week website.

The City of Subiaco has created a collection of resources in order to assist food businesses to become more allergy aware. To access these resources visit the city's Food businesses page.


Australian Food Safety Week

The city proudly supports Australian Food Safety Week an annual initiative of The Food Safety Information Council.
 
Each year in Australia an estimated 4.1 million people contract food poisoning, therefore we are urging individuals to reduce the risks of contracting food poisoning by following these simple tips:
 

Clean

  • Wash hands with running water and soap, then dry hands thoroughly before starting to cook, and after handling raw meat or chicken.

Chill

  • Transport your chilled or frozen food home from the shops in a cooler bag or esky.
  • Use a fridge thermometer to make sure your fridge is running at or below 5°C.
  • Refrigerate leftovers promptly.
  • Cooked food should be stored in covered containers and either put in the fridge to cool, or frozen immediately.
  • Frozen foods should be defrosted in the fridge or microwave, not on the kitchen bench.

Cook

  • Cook chicken, minced or boned meats, hamburger, stuffed meats and sausages right through until they reach 75°C using a meat thermometer.
  • Serve hot food steaming hot above 60°C.
  • Always follow cooking instructions on packaged foods. 

Separate

  • Food should be stored in covered containers in the fridge and put raw meats and poultry in the bottom of the fridge so the juices don’t contaminate food on lower shelves.
  • Don’t put cooked meat back on the plate the raw meat was on.

Fast facts

  • Did you know that if you get food poisoning it may not have been the last thing you ate? Sometimes symptoms can take several days or weeks to appear.
  • Did you know that the often quoted ‘five second rule’ (that you can pick up food dropped on the floor and eat it if it has been there less than five seconds) just isn’t true? Bacteria don’t keep a stopwatch and wait before contaminating the food.
  • Did you know that food poisoning isn’t a mild illness? Each year an estimated 1 million Australians have to visit a doctor with food poisoning, 32 000 people end up in hospital and 86 people die.

We encourage everyone to increase their awareness and test their knowledge about the safest food handling practices to protect you and your family.
 
Further information visit www.foodsafety.asn.au and test your knowledge on the Food Safety Quiz


Fight the Bite

In partnership with the City of Nedlands and the WA Department of Health, the city’s Health Services proudly supports Fight the Bite, an initiative which endeavours to raise community awareness about mosquito risks.
The campaign promotes these three key messages:



Cover up
Wear long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing, covering as much of the body as you can. Mosquitoes can bite through tight clothes like jeans. Make sure children are also appropriately covered up.



Repel
Use 
insect repellent containing DEET (diethyltoluamide) or picaridin and always follow instructions on the label.



Clean up
Stop mosquitoes breeding in water pooling around your home or holiday accommodation by emptying water from containers. 

 


 

For more information please refer to Department of Health’s Healthy WA, Fight the Bite webpage.