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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Branch Presidents Queensland Branch President Environmental Health Australia South Australian Branch President Tasmanian Branch President Virgil Kelk FAIEH Virgil commenced work with the Queensland Department of Health as a cadet health inspector in January 1971. He has worked with Qld Health since that time and holds the position of Director of Environmental Health Services for the Darling Downs Population Health Unit based in Toowoomba. Virgil has responsibility for a wide range of environmental health issues including drugs and poisons, foods, communicable diseases and environmental toxicology. Toowoomba, the area that Virgil has responsibility for is mostly rural and remote, includes 36 local governments and covers an area that is more than half the size of New South Wales. Virgil has a significant interest in water quality and disaster management. He has been involved in the delivery of EHA’s Disaster Management for Public Health Course in Queensland since its inception in 1997 and was awarded an Excellence Award for his work in disaster management in 2005. Virgil was advanced to the status of Fellow in 2002. Ian Hawkins MAIEH Ian commenced work as an Environmental Health Officer with the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Health Authority in 1993 (now Eastern Health Authority). In 1999 in the 24-hour noise team in the London Borough of Southwark,(a bigger culture shift would be hard to imagine), Ian was kitted out with a stab jacket, introduced to his personal security guard and began 6 months of 13-hour shifts resolving noise complaints, working closely with colleagues, police and the courts enforcing the provisions of the UK Environment Protection Act. Roles at the London Borough of Southwark and Westminster City Council gave him a unique insight into the foundation of public health and exposure to volumes of UK case law. Returning to South Australia in 2002 Ian took Environmental Health positions at the City of Tea Tree Gully, Adelaide City Council & the City of Port Adelaide Enfield before his current appointment, Manager Environmental Health & General Inspectorate. In 2006 Ian nominated for SA Branch President, a challenging and rewarding opportunity to participate in the development of best practice Environmental Health in South Australia. He is particularly keen to see Environmental Health Australia develop tools and resources for Environmental Health Professionals to assist the fulfilment of changing roles; raise the standard of practice and recognition of our profession and plan for the future of public and environmental health in our communities Mark Dwyer MAIEH Mark commenced his public health career in 1978 as a cadet health inspector with the Hobart City Council. Thirty years later he is now the Manager Environmental Health at the same council and continues to find the job exciting, challenging and stimulating. The transformation of local government in Tasmania from a sleeping dinosaur into a vibrant and competitive business over this period has certainly fuelled his enthusiasm to remain an active public health professional at 'the coalface'. Mark’s other professional interests include presiding over EHA Branch activities in Tasmania. Mark believes that there is much to accomplish and achieve for the members and EHOs alike, and it is very gratifying to be working on Branch Council with such a keen, motivated and dedicated group of people who share the same goal. His final career-orientated academic challenge is to study and qualify for the new Bachelor of Environmental Health that will soon be offered at the University of Tasmania. Mark’s ambitions at this stage of his career are to maintain good health, a trim waistline, a sense of humour and the current level of enthusiasm for his career and EHA. EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008 7