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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Meetings Meetings were again alternated between City of Mitcham and other metropolitan locations and alternated between a presentation from a Guest Speaker and a “Show and Tell” presentation. “Show and Tell” was a new concept introduced this year to enhance the exchanging and sharing of information, an aim of the SIG meetings. Meeting presentations included: n 28 Aug 2007, Guest speaker Joy Copland from the Department of Health Communicable Disease Control Branch, who gave an overview of the Department’s roles and responsibilities and addressed various questions; n 30 Oct 2007, Guest speaker Lindsay Casper, Acting Team Leader, Housing Improvement Branch, Housing Improvement and Accommodation Standards Branch, Housing SA, who spoke on their agency’s role and responsibilities; n 4 Dec 2007, a Show and Tell on “How councils handle vermin issues”. The Lead agency was the City of Playford, with an amusing discussion on vermin complaints as each agency discussed and compared issues; n 26 Feb 2008, an Emergency Management presentation on Kangaroo Island Bushfires from Helen Psarras, the Department of Health. Helen gave a mesmerizing presentation of the Public Health issues she and fellow Kangaroo Island EHP (Peter Moores) dealt with during the emergency; n 29 April 2008, a Show and Tell on “What Emergency Management Plans councils have in place/are working on”, with Eastern Health Authority as the Lead agency; n 24 June 2008, a presentation and discussion about the new Legionella Regulations. Michaela Hobby from the Department of Health discussed the new regulations and answered members’ questions. Branch Presidents' Reports Other South Australian Branch (continued) Other issues that have been discussed and addressed this financial year include: n Providing comments on the Local Government Association of SA Council Guide to Emergency Management Planning; n Display spa pool inspections and compliance; n Legionella Regulation roll out; n Liaising with other state SIGs to access state if issues Nationally; n Discussion with Val Smyth, Manager DH Emergency Management Unit regarding Pandemic planning. Thanks go to the SIG organising committee and its members for its achievements this financial year. By working together, sharing information and exchanging ideas we have contributed to the enhancement of the profession not only within our state, but on a national level. Susan Bennett mAIEH and Courtney Krake mAIEH Disease Control/Emergency Management Special Interest Group Co-convenors 36 EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008