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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Corporate Reports IFEH 10th World Congress The IFEH 10th World Congress on Environmental Health held in Brisbane May 11 – 16 2008 was a spectacular event. The 6 day Congress attracted over 600 delegates daily representing more than 50 countries worldwide. The Opening Ceremony was a highlight of the Congress with the flag bearing ceremony incorporating the MacGregor Primary School Senior Choir serenading the audience with three beautiful songs, followed by traditional dances from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dancing troupes. From here, the Congress just got better. The excellent academic and social program met the needs of all international and local delegates. At the Closing Ceremony delegates showed commitment to the outcomes of the congress by the symbolic signing of the Congress ‘Brisbane Charter’. Participants collectively demonstrated their commitment by joining in the singing of the ‘Congress Song’. To organise a World Congress involves the work of many dedicated people. The Congress planning commenced more than 8 years ago with concentrated implementation in the past 2 years. I was involved from the beginning bids with initial meetings in Perth when the AIEH Queensland Branch out-bid the Western Australia Branch in 2001 to bid for the IFEH 2008 Congress in Brisbane; after which I travelled to the 2002 San Diego IFEH Congress as the AIEH International representative. Finally, after presentations to the IFEH BOD, Australia won the rights to host the Brisbane Congress (up against the Canadian Health Inspectors Association! who are of course hosting the 2010 IFEH Congress in Vancouver). From there I travelled to IFEH Congresses in South Africa and Dublin to promote the Brisbane event. As Chair of the IOC, I personally would like to thank our local team, Waikay Lau our CEO, Bruce Morton (Immediate Past President EHA who did much of the early Congress preparation), Thomas Tenkate (EHA Director, who finalised the academic papers), Jo Rolls (Qld Branch Executive Officer), Cordia Chu (IOC), Virgil Kelk (Qld Branch President) and other Queensland Branch Members Alison Bray, John Cohan, Kel Irwin, Brett Robinson, Belinda Davies and Sophie Sandberg, and members Mal Crabtree and Paul Endres. I also appreciate the support of the IFEH Council and Board of Directors represented by President Colm Smyth and current EHA Board of Directors represented by President Jim Smith, Joe Zappavigna, Fleur Cousins, Stephen Davidson, Ron Fry, Eric Johnson, Nancy Cromar, Thomas Tenkate and EHA Executive Officers. The Congress also made a healthy surplus, which will enable EHA to continue its important professional body work in the coming years. I would like to thank our sponsors who participated in the many congress activities - their full participation ensured the success of the Congress. At the Congress I was elected Chair of the Asia and Pacific Regional Group of IFEH and now sit on the BOD of IFEH, in this capacity I hope to implement the outcomes of the Congress documented in the 'draft IFEH Brisbane Congress Charter' which will be ratified this year by IFEH; and requires implementation across the globe with a focus on the environmental health needs of children, our future...THANK YOU to everyone particularly the participants who made this Congress a great success and see you all in Vancouver, Canada in 2010. Dr Peter J Davey FAIEH IFEH COUNCIL DIRECTOR CHAIR OF THE IFEH 10TH WORLD CONGRESS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH IN BRISBANE 2008 22 EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008