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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Branch Presidents’ Reports Queensland Branch (continued) SIG Reports While SIG conveners continue to provide valuable input into legislation development and review, as well as monitoring emerging issues, Branch Council has identified the need to review the functionality of the SIGs and how they align with other States and the National Board’s vision. This matter is currently before the Board. Regional Group Report Our four regional groups continue to provide a significant conduit to, and connectivity with, our members throughout Queensland. Each group meets on a regular basis enabling members to network, share experiences and undertake professional development at their local level. I would like to again express my sincere appreciation to all regional group chairs and secretaries for the valuable contribution they continue to make to the EHA. Professional Tools/ Products and Services While the Queensland Branch Council continues to support the marketing and supply of a range of professional tools, products and services, the rebranding to EHA should now provide a great opportunity to review the current range of products and tools, at a National level, to ensure that they are still attractive and useful to members. Included in these “services” is training provided by EHA. There is an urgent need to strategically review the training needs of members from a “cradle to grave” perspective to ensure that we better meet their needs as they develop and progress within the environmental health profession. While Branches currently provide a range of excellent training opportunities, there is a great opportunity to strengthen our training obligations through accreditation of appropriate courses, sharing of these accredited courses between Branches and exploring/enhancing relationships with tertiary institutions to establish whether the structured training provided by the EHA (through the “cradle to grave” approach) could be linked to University recognized advanced certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Discussions at a National level have commenced concerning this exciting initiative. Virgil Kelk FAIEH Queensland Branch President 28 EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008