Mount Isa’s Lead Health Management Committee has started devising a new strategic plan to include ways of minimising health risks associated with airborne contaminants other than lead.
It follows a Queensland Government decision last year to widen the scope of the committee to include cadmium, arsenic and sulphur dioxide.
Committee chairwoman and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the new strategic plan would be reviewed at the next committee meeting in six months.
“We’ll be looking at what strategies could be used here in Mount Isa for those other airborne heavy metals and sulphur dioxides,” she said.
“So what are the things that we could recommend that the hospital and health service does?
“What are the things that they can do to assist and work with their community?
“So we’re going to put together a whole lot of ideas and then we’ll discuss them at our next meeting, which is planned for six months’ time.
“So we want to think about what are the strategic issues, what can be done to develop a new strategic plan with that broader terms of reference.”