This program is coordinated by the Public and Environmental Health Officer and is supported by the Anangu Environmental Health Officer. The program is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring public health at both a regional and local community level, and promoting the linkage between good living conditions and low morbidity. A major function is lobbying and seeking funds to improve housing and health hardware.
UPK is now used nationally and internationally as a model for improving environmental health in developing communities. It provides a framework for developments on the APY Lands. The guiding principles for program design include providing a safe physical environment, promoting access to functioning health hardware, and increasing peoples capacity to access health hardware on an affordable ongoing basis. A significant role is working closely with communities to assist them in using their resources for improving the health status of Anangu through environmental health programs.
The UPK program provides a range of advice to the communities on the APY lands in the areas of power generation and supply, housing, waste management and water.
The UPK program coordinates Vet visits on the APY Lands. Dog population control is an ongoing imperative and malnutrition not surprisingly continues to be a main issue.
The Australian Government through FACSIA has provided funding for this program over many years demonstrating that funding stability does create better program outcomes as Anangu have a sense of ownership and continue to respond well to the program.
The vet generally makes 4 visits to the APY Lands every year. He administers a zoonotic parasitic control, injects a fertility control and euthanases unwanted dogs.
Upcoming vet visits will be advertised on the web site.
Environmental Health Landscaping
Dust and stormwater control landscaping has been done at most of the major communities on the APY lands. UPK has been actively involved with this. Detailed reports can be found at www.waru.org under Land Management.
Environmental Health Workers
The program employs two teams of Anangu Environmental Health Workers who undertake environmental health activities in the communities on the APY Lands. Their work includes undertaking basic house maintenance, cleaning yards and houses of community, assisting with vet visits and assisting with waste management activities.
Stores Nutrition & Market Basket Survey April 2014
2012 UPK Annual Report
2011 UPK Annual Report
EHW Report 2
2009/10 UPK Annual Report
2009 UPK Environmental Health Report (304.99 kB)
Community Water Supplies APY
Drinking Water APY Lands
Groundwater Quality Report
Resources Ma nagement
AP Design Guide 2007 (3.7 MB)
Environmental Health Review Paper (60.07 kB)
Mai Wiru - Regional Stores Policy (7.88 MB)
Mai Wiru - Strategic Implementation Plan (271.69 kB)
Septic Tank Maintenance Guide (2.63 MB)
Tastes Good Is Good Recipes - Tasty Tucker for 10 or More (2.16 MB)
UPK Report (8.01 MB)
Energy Report (1.42 MB)