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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Corporate Reports REPORT by Chair of the Asia and Pacific Regional Group on THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH 2008 In May this year at the IFEH Congress in Brisbane I was elected Chair of the Asia and Pacific Regional Group. The IFEH has several Regional Groups including Africa, The Americas, Europe (EFEH), Asia & Pacific (AP) and Middle East. The Chairs of the Regional Groups also sit on the Board of Directors of IFEH. In general, the Federation works to disseminate knowledge via the Groups concerning environmental health and promote co-operation between countries where environmental health issues are transboundary. It promotes the interchange of people working in these regions and the exchange of Member's publications of a scientific and technical nature. Amongst other things, the Federation seeks to provide means of exchanging information and experience on environmental health, to hold Congresses and meetings to discuss subjects relevant to environmental health science and administration, to represent the interests of environmental health to state agencies, national governments and international organisations and to promote field studies of environmental health control. The Federation is an organisation whose full members are national associations representing the interests of environmental health professionals throughout the World. EHA is a full country member of IFEH. Other organisations across our region with an interest in environmental health may become associate members. Organisations involved in the educational field (for instance Universities training environmental health professionals) are eligible to become Academic Associate Members. Currently Griffith University, Hong Kong Institute and Ngee Ann Polytechnic Singapore are members. Other bodies with an interest in environmental health (such as regional associations, NGOs, etc) may become Associate Members. Individual persons may show their support for the Federation by becoming an Individual Associate Member. Persons who are successful in applying to join this category of associate membership will be kept up to date with IFEH news and will receive periodically any documents issued by the Federation. Individual Associate Members may participate in Federation activities but have no voting rights. IFEH 2008 World Congress Regional Asia Pacific Group The IFEH Regional Groups are responsible to the Federation Council, but have representation from regional member associations. The Asia and Pacific Regional Group is represented by Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and recently Indonesia has applied to join. Each year a Regional Group member hosts a regional seminar or workshop. For example in 2005 the MEHA ran a Dengue Fever Workshop. I was invited as AP Regional Group Chair in June and July this year to travel to Jakarta to assist the newly incorporated Indonesia Environmental Health Specialist Association (EHSA) to develop its agenda including the Inaugural EH Meeting in Surabaya from 11-14 December 2008, this event will discuss local and international environmental health issues linked with university and practitioner accreditation. In June next year the SSOEH will host the IFEH Annual Board of Directors meeting. Dr Peter J Davey FAIEH CHAIR OF THE ASIA AND PACIFIC REGIONAL GROUP IFEH 2008 WORlD CONGRESS COmmITTEE Dr Peter Davey (Chair) Dr Thomas Tenkate Waikay Lau Jo Rolls Bruce Morton Alison Bray Virgil Kelk EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008 23