The Perth District Health Unit is governed by an autonomous Board of Health, which is made up of six elected municipal representatives and two provincial representatives.
A Management Team of 11, which includes the Medical Officer of Health and four-person Executive Committee, oversees public health services and provides direction to more than 100 full- and part-time staff members.
The Perth District Health Unit is guided by our mission and values and our Strategic Plan. Our program mandate is described in the Ontario Public Health Standards 2008. Organizational and governance standards for the agency are detailed in the Ontario Public Health Organizational Standards.
As part of the funding agreement Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Board measures and reports its performance on a variety of indicators. Below is the latest performance report on these indicators.
The Health Unit uses a Balanced Score Card approach based on the Strategic Plan to measure the effectiveness of its programs and services.
Performance AccountabilityBold percentages indicate where the Perth District Health Unit is equal to or above the provincial average.
|Indicators||Target||Perth District Health Unit's Performance in 2015||Perth District Health Unit's Performance in 2016||Average Provincial Performance in 2016|
|Tobacco vendors in compliance with youth access legislation at the time of last inspection||greater than 90%||98.3%||94.5%||96.8%|
|Secondary schools inspected once per year for compliance with section ten of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act||100%||87.5%||100%||99.6%|
|Tobacco retailers inspected for compliance with section three of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (non-seasonal)||100%||100%||100%||99.3%|
|Tobacco retailers inspected for compliance with section three of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (seasonal)||100%||100%||100%||96.3%|
|Tobacco retailers inspected for compliance with display, handling and promotion sections of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act||100%||100%||100%||98.4%|
|Oral health assessment and surveillance: schools screened||100%||100%||Not reported yet||Not reported yet|
|Oral health assessment and surveillance: Junior and Senior Kindergarden, Grade two students screened in all publicly funded schools||100%||100%||Not reported yet||Not reported yet|
|Implementation status of Nutristep Preschool Screen||Advanced (Intermediate for 2015)||Intermediate||Advanced||All but one Health Unit achieved Advanced|
|Baby-Friendly Initiative status||Designated||Designated||Designated||All but three Health Units met their target|
|High-risk food premises inspected once every four months while in operation||Monitoring||100%||98.9%||98.9%|
|Moderate-risk food premises inspected once every six months while in operation||Monitoring||100%||100%||98.3%|
|Class A pools inspected while in operation||Monitoring (100% for 2015)||100%||100%||99.4%|
|High-risk Small Drinking Water System inspections completed for those that are due for re-inspection||100%||Not applicable||100%||99.2%|
|Public spas inspected while in operation||Monitoring||100%||100%||97.8%|
|Restaurants with a Certified Food Handler on site at time of routine inspection||Baseline being established (not applicable for 2015)||Not applicable||53.1%||55%|
|Personal services settings inspected annually||Monitoring||100%||100%||96.6%|
|Suspected rabies exposures reported with investigation initiated within one day of public health unit notification||97.5%||90.4%||93.7%||97.7%|
|Confirmed gonorrhea cases where initiation of follow-up occurred within two business days||Monitoring||100%||100%||99%|
|Confirmed invasive group A streptococcus (iGAS) cases where initiation of follow-up occurred on the same day as receipt of lab confirmation of a positive case||Monitoring||100%||100%||96.2%|
|Salmonella cases where one or more risk factors other than "unknown" was entered into Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS)||95% (85% for 2015)||95%||100%||92.4%|
|Confirmed gonorrhea cases treated according to recommended Ontario treatment guidelines||Monitoring||77.8%||66.7%||60.7%|
|Human papillomavirus vaccine wasted that is stored/administered by the public health unit||Monitoring (0% for 2015)||0.1%||0.6%||2.1%|
|Influenza vaccine wasted that is stored/administered by the public health unit||0%||0.3%||0.7%||10.8%|
|Refrigerators storing publicly funded vaccines that have received a completed routine annual cold chain inspection||100%||100%||100%||99.5%|
|School-aged children who have completed immunizations for Hepatitis B||Monitoring||76.1%||76.7%||67.5%|
|School-aged children who have completed immunizations for Human papillomavirus||Monitoring||53.7%||63.8%||58.2%|
|School-aged children who have completed immunizations for Meningococcus||Monitoring||86.1%||84.8%||81.4%|
|Mumps. Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccine wastage||Baseline being established (not applicable for 2015)||Not applicable||2.5%||11.8%|
|Seven or eight year old students in compliance with the Immunization of School Pupil's Act||Baseline being established (not applicable for 2015)||Not applicable||98.5%||91.4%|
|Sixteen or 17 year old students in compliance with the Immunization of School Pupil's Act||Not applicable||Not applicable||95.4%||78.8%|