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Public Health Update July 2019 and Opportunities to have your say - Circular 27.7

To Chief Executive Officer
Community Services Staff
Economic Development and Tourism Staff
Elected Members
Emergency and Risk Management Staff
Environment Staff
Environmental Health Staff
General Inspector
Information - Engineering Staff
Librarian - Information Staff
Marketing and Public Relations Staff
Parks and Recreation Staff
Planning - Building Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Recycling - Waste Management
Date 3 July 2019
Contact Belinda Caruana
Response Required No
Summary This circular contains public health staffing updates from SA Health as well as information on how to contribute to State Government policies on Ageing Well in SA and the 20 year Infrastructure Plan

SA Health Staff Updates

Dr Chris Lease has been appointed as Executive Director, Health Protection and Licensing Services. Chris brings extensive experience in environmental and public health management within the Department for Health and Wellbeing and a long association with local government to this role.

Helen Psarras has commenced a new role as Project Facilitator, Emergency Management with the Local Government Association of SA, taking her strong links and public health expertise into this exciting new role supporting councils.  The Local Government Relations and Policy team will be recruiting shortly to fill the vacancy. 

Regional Public Health Plan reviews

Many councils are preparing to review their existing Regional Public Health Plans (RPHP), in line with requirements under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011. A key question for reviewing a RPHP is whether there been substantial changes to public health in your area – in demographics, health profile, or other circumstances of the community – that warrant a major reconsideration of public health strategies and actions.

To assist with assessing the state of public health in your council area, population health profiles are being finalised by the Population Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) of Torrens University. The first tranche will be provided to a number councils, and available online, in early July.

For further information please contact Belinda Caruana, Senior Policy Officer - Public Health at

Opportunities to have your say!

Vision for ageing well in SA

Local government has a unique view of older residents as citizens of their local community, and plays an important role in delivering infrastructure, policy and services that meets their needs. The Office for Ageing Well (OFAW) is seeking local government input on the vision and plan for ageing well in South Australia.

The plan’s ‘ageing well’ themes – home and community, meaningful connection, navigating change, challenging ageism and respecting diversity reflect the views of more than 1500 older South Australians, and extensive stakeholder consultation over 2018-2019.

OFAW is working with the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) to test, strengthen and consolidate these initial themes, and inform the priorities, actions and partnerships for inclusion in the next State Plan for Ageing Well in South Australia.

The Vision for Ageing Well in South Australia Stakeholder Response Kit is an online engagement tool that works with themes and priorities from the first stage of consultation to help set the direction for the forthcoming Ageing Well Plan and to gather advice on current or planned initiatives that could contribute to delivering on the vision.

Responses can be submitted via email to by 5:00 pm, 15 July 2019.

Please contact TACSI directly on 08 7325 4994 or email with questions or queries about this initiative.

The LGA will consider the preparation of a sector-wide submission based on members' feedback and requests that councils send a copy of any individual submissions to the LGA to assist in this regard.  Alternatively, councils are invited to contact Rebecca Muller, Senior Policy Officer with any key issues that could be raised in a submission. 

Comments or copies of submissions can be sent to by 12 July 2019. 


Infrastructure SA discussion paper consultation

A reminder that The 20-Year State Infrastructure Strategy discussion paper is currently out for consultation. Refer to LGA Circular 25.15

The discussion paper provides a significant opportunity for local government to ensure that council infrastructure issues are recognised in the State’s Infrastructure Strategy.

Councils are encouraged to provide direct submissions to Infrastructure SA in response to the Discussion Paper, by 5pm Wednesday 31 July.

The LGA will prepare a sector-wide submission based on LGA policy and members’ feedback, and requests that councils send a copy of any individual submissions to the LGA to assist in this regard. Alternatively, councils are invited to contact Lea Bacon, Director Policy with any key issues that could be raised in a submission.

Officer level comments to inform the LGA submission can be sent to by 19 July 2019.


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