Health Services

Council's Environmental Health Officers are involved in monitoring various aspects of the community in order to ensure public health is maintained. Regular inspections of food premises, public swimming pools, hairdressers and tattooists are undertaken along with investigations of concerns in regard to food, vermin and insanitary properties.

Sharps and syringes - disposal and pick up

Sharps are any needles, syringes, intravenous giving sets, lancets and scalpel blades. Syringes and other sharps must be placed in yellow puncture resistant Medical Sharps containers for safe disposal. Plastic bottles, tins or cartons are not designed for medical waste as these may not be puncture resistant. Medical waste containers are available for purchase from most pharmacies or Diabetes SA branches. Additionally, you can purchase a 1.4L container for $5.60 (inc. GST) or a 5L container for $10.20 (inc. GST) from your local Council office.

Sharps items cannot be disposed of in standard waste bins (general waste, recycling, organics or street litter bins). However, these containers can only be disposed of in an approved Medical Waste bin. The City of Port Adelaide Enfield provides community access (non-commercial) to medical waste container disposal at the following locations:

  • Civic Centre - 163 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
  • Greenacres Library - 2 Fosters Road, Greenacres
  • Enfield Library - 1 Kensington Road, Enfield
  • Parks Library - 46 Traffod Street, Angle Park

The following pharmacies and Community Health service providers in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield accept medical waste containers from the community (waste must be in an approved medical waste container and be non-commercial).

Craig Robert’s Pharmacy
126 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
National Pharmacies Semaphore
103 Semaphore Road, Semaphore
Terry White Chemmart Largs Bay
240 Fletcher Road, Largs Bay
National Pharmacies Port Adelaide
Port Canal Shopping Centre
12/220 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide
Wonggangga Turtpandi Aboriginal Primary Health Care Service
Corner of Church & Dale Street, Port Adelaide
Mon – Fri 9:30-5:00 – Closed 12:30-1:00pm
Priceline Pharmacy North Haven
North Haven Shopping Centre
16/45-47 Osborne Road, North Haven
PharmaSave Alberton
Fussell Place, Alberton
Rosewater Pharmacy
156 Grand Junction Road, Rosewater
Terry White Chemmart Northfield
323 Hampstead Road, Northfield
Gilles Plains Chemplus
Gilles Plains Shopping Centre
18/575 North East Road, Gilles Plains
Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse
424B North East Road, Windsor Gardens
National Pharmacies Greenacres
Greenacres Shopping Centre
132 Muller Road, Greenacres

If you would like a site added as a disposal point for medical waste containers or changes made to the above locations, please contact Customer Service on (08) 8405 6600 or send us an email at

What to do if you find used syringes

On public land - arrange for council collection by calling customer service on (08) 8405 6600 or by lodging an online request through the Council webpage at Online Reporting of Syringes/Needles. Council staff will attend as soon as practical. Please note it is important to be highly specific about the syringe’s location.

On private property – arrange a cleaning contractor to collect syringes from rental properties or building sites at the property owner’s expense. Council will not collect from commercial properties.

It is always safer to leave the syringe/sharp where it is if it is unlikely to cause harm and wait for collection. If you elect to collect a syringe the following are important steps to prevent needle stick injury:

  • Do not handle the syringe directly
  • Do not attempt to break off, bend or cover the sharp end
  • Find a rigid, puncture resistant container with wide opening and secure lid
  • Remove the lid
  • Place the container close to the syringe
  • Use tongs and/or puncture proof gloves to pick up syringe and place in container sharp end first
  • Secure lid to container safely and tightly
  • Wash hands with water and soap
  • Store container in a safe location
  • Contact Council for collection (08)8405 6600 or email

Managing a needle stick injury

  • Stay calm
  • Allow the wound to bleed
  • Wash the area with running water and soap, rinse and pat dry
  • Cover the wound with a band aid or dry dressing
  • As soon as possible seek urgent medical advice

Hairdressers and Skin Penetration

Hairdressers, tattooists, body pierces, acupuncturists and beauty therapists are inspected annually by Environmental Health Officers to ensure that safe hygienic procedures and practices are being undertaken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Premises undertaking these activities are inspected for compliance under the South Australian Public Health Act 2011.  If precautions are not taken, blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and various bacterial infections can be transmitted.

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting sterile needles into specific parts of the body to treat disease or relieve pain. The majority of items used in acupuncture are available as pre-sterilised and single use.

Beauty Therapists 
Beauty Therapy procedures where skin penetration can occur include waxing, electrolysis, micro pigmentation, nail manicures and pedicures, lancing, and colonic lavage or colonic irrigation. Some of these procedures do not penetrate the skin under normal circumstances, however they do come into contact with other body substance able to transmit infection. Bleeding can occur during some of these non-skin penetrating procedures such as waxing, increasing the risk of the transmission of blood-borne disease.

The Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practices of Skin Penetration 2004 are designed to assist Council in the administration of the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and Regulations.  Within this guideline a Skin Penetration Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan is used during the annual inspections and can be used as tool for the operator to monitor and assess the practices and procedures carried out in the premises.

Hairdressers are currently inspected by Environmental Health Officers using the Guidelines on the Public Health Standards of Practice for Hairdressing 2006 based on a risk assessment. The guidelines provide appropriate information on issues such as infection risk, cleaning processes, sterilisation, operator hygiene and the maintenance of cleanliness standards for a hairdressing premises.

Hairdressers participating in any form of skin penetration are required to refer to the Guidelines on the Safe and Hygienic Practices of Skin Penetration 2004.

If you are intending on establishing one of the above mentioned premises please contact Council's Environmental Health Section on telephone (08) 8405 6832 prior to commencing business.

For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or email us at
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