Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
WANT to know more about the impact of influenza in your life – and what to do to prevent it?

From 7pm to 8.30pm, April 28, the City of Bayswater is holding a forum on the emergency management of epidemics and pandemics.

Dr Paul Effler from the Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Control Directorate will be on hand to provide background information on influenza epidemics and pandemics, explaining what they are, how they are transmitted, relevant symptoms and the current situation nationally and internationally.

Other topics covered include:
• The Department of Health’s role as hazard management agency for epidemics.
• Personal prevention and preparedness measures for all age groups.
• What side effects, if any, there may be from the vaccine.

City of Bayswater Senior Environmental Health Officer Binh Luong will also explain the council’s vaccination program while Emergency Risk Management Project Officers Karen Villanueva and Sandra Sewell will detail the City’s business plan for pandemic influenza.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said it was an opportunity for people to get the real facts on influenza, away from all the sensationalism and panic reporting.

“It’s an opportunity to become more aware of council’s plans in relation to pandemics,” he said.

“The forum will provide people with information on personal prevention and being prepared.

“I’d highly recommend people come along and get fully briefed on influenza before the winter months come to find out what they should do and what the best treatment is for them.

“Prevention is often one of the best methods of tackling highly-infectious diseases but it’s always good to gain all the facts to ensure you have a better understanding.”

The forum will be held in the Embleton Room at the City of Bayswater Civic Centre, 61 Broun Avenue, Morley, with a light supper provided.

To register your interest, contact Sandra Sewell on (08) 9270 4120.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923


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