Changes to the Public Health Act to protect children at childcare

Importance of vaccination: Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey says the NSW government supports vaccination in order to protect those children who cannot be vaccinated for legitimate reasons.

Importance of vaccination: Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey says the NSW government supports vaccination in order to protect those children who cannot be vaccinated for legitimate reasons.

Holiday Coast Credit Union – 50 years young 

It was a sincere pleasure to celebrate the Holiday Coast Credit Union’s 50 years of operation with its many friends, staff, and past and present directors and their partners at the Wauchope RSL Club last weekend.

The credit union’s chairman, Jeff Pattinson, spoke of the commitment and support of directors, staff and members, that enabled the organisation to grow into the major and valued local financial institution it is today.

Importantly, the Holiday Coast Credit Union maintains its core focus of supporting the community through service provision and assisting numerous projects and organisations.

Highlights included: the cutting of the 50-year cake by founding member Mary Gill, the historic video clips, and the presentations from the World Council of Credit Unions’ president and the Customer Owned Banking Association chair, Wendy Machin.

Vaccination required for childcare 

The NSW government is committed to protecting the community from vaccine preventable diseases with changes to the Public Health Act 2010 introduced into Parliament in August to strengthen childcare enrolment requirements.

If passed, the changes will prevent unvaccinated children from being enrolled in child care in situations where the child is unvaccinated due to the conscientious objection of their parents.

Children who are fully vaccinated for their age, on a catch-up schedule or have a medical contraindication to vaccination will all be able to be enrolled.

This amendment will reinforce the overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccination is safe and highly effective in preventing disease.

While the NSW government supports early education opportunities for children, it also supports vaccination in order to protect those children who cannot be vaccinated for legitimate reasons. For example, some children are too young to be vaccinated and some children have a legitimate medical reason not to be vaccinated.

However, the vast majority of children will not be affected by the changes as over 93 per cent of children in NSW are fully vaccinated by age five. Information is available at: health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation

Youth encouraged to apply for Youth Advisory Council 

Applications are open for the 2018 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC), which has a statutory role to advise the NSW Government on issues of importance to young people, as well as monitor and evaluate youth-related policies and legislation.

Council members are sought from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences. For more information visit: acyp.nsw.gov.au.  Applications close Saturday, September 30.