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The NSW Public Health Act provides that a review of the Act to determine whether
- the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether
- the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
must be held 5 years after the assent of the Act. This Discussion Paper is the first step in this review process.
The Public Health Act deals with a diverse range of matters, the overall aim is to protect public health. SWOP will be making submissions on those parts of the act that deal with disclosure and notification of STI's; particularly HIV. These are discussed in Section 3.5 of the Discussion Paper "Scheduled medical conditions and other disease control measures and notifications – Part 4 and 5 of the Act".