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Population Health

Population Health

The Centre for Population Health is responsible for a range of public health and health promotion programs that include multi-disciplinary partnerships aimed at building individual, community and organisational capacity to improve and sustain health.

Key functions include:

Public Health Unit

The role of the Public Health Unit is to identify and prevent or minimise public health risks to the community. These risks may be from infectious or communicable diseases, or from exposure to harmful chemicals or to radiation.

The Public Health Unit consists of three teams;

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunisation
  • Environmental Health

Public health staff work closely with general practitioners, community health workers and hospital-based clinicians, pathology laboratories, schools and childcare centres, local councils and with other government agencies to protect public health.

The Public Health Unit often collaborates with other agencies in research relating to disease prevention, and best practice in public health.

Health Promotion

The Health Promotion Unit (HPU) develops, implements and evaluates community based programs that improve and maintain population health and reduce inequalities in health outcomes.

Activities are focused around national and state priority program areas including;

  • Chronic Disease Prevention including Healthy Weight Promotion including community nutrition and physical activity and Tobacco Control
  • Injury Prevention including Older Persons Falls Injury Prevention and Aboriginal Safety
  • Healthy Built Environments 

The Centre also takes the lead role in maintaining some key health partnerships such as Local Government, Schools, TAFE Colleges and University of Western Sydney

Management Team

Name  Position
 Assoc Prof Stephen Corbett 

 Director Centre for Population Health & Acting Director of Public Health Unit

 Ms Christine Newman   Manager Health Promotion & Deputy Director Centre for Population Health


Contact Details

Street Address  Gungurra, Building 68
Cumberland Hospital Campus
Fleet Street
North Parramatta New South Wales  
Postal Address
Locked Bag 7118
Parramatta BC 2124
Telephone  02 9840 3603 
Fax  02 9840 3608 
Hours  Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm
In Emergencies  For urgent public health assistance after hours phone Westmead Hospital on 02 9845 5555 and ask for the Public Health Duty Officer to be paged 


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