Aboriginal Environmental Health
Nirrumbuk Environmental Health and Services works with Aboriginal people and communities to identify and achieve an understanding of how improved environmental conditions contribute to healthy living. As an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation, we are driven by an Aboriginal membership that is predominantly derived from Broome and the Dampier Peninsula.
We work with community, people and partner organisations with the aim to reduce the potential for disease. Examples include working with households to understand impacts of infectious and chronic disease, through shared knowledge and informed decision-making regarding health and wellbeing. We promote public health through healthy natural environments, housing and communities.
Our environmental health service encompasses:
- Education and support, advocacy and promotion, information and resources
- Community environmental health assessments
- Environmental health referrals
- Health prevention practices
- Infection control – bacteria, viruses, protozoa and worms
- Housing advice and support – plumbing hardware, minor maintenance, and reporting maintenance
- Contamination – advice and support with reporting requirements including wastewater, and chemicals such as asbestos or other hazards
- Waste disposal – advice and information, and assistance with community clean-up days
- Pests and vectors
- Dog / animal health and zoonosis
- Food safety advice and education including food handling, and food storage
- Community monitoring – health alerts, water (drinking and recreational), air and soil quality, and wastewater