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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Tasmanian Branch Branch Presidents' Reports Branch Council continues to provide positive momentum and direction for all the EH practitioners around the state. Although there have been a couple of personnel changes during the year there remains a strong commitment to continue to work towards addressing workforce and workplace issues of concern. I would like to acknowledge our Branch Council members – Senior Vice President & Director EHA Ron Fry Vice President & Director EHA Branch Councillor Branch Councillor Branch Councillor Branch Councillor Student Representative Eric Johnson Abyilene Dobson Doug Doherty James Doherty Alison Duniam Jacob Farran During the year we farewelled Branch Councillor Michael Stretton and Student Representative Megan Whalley – a special thank you to Michael and Megan who contributed greatly to the successful functioning of Branch Council. Below is a summary of Branch Council representation and participation in specific events and activities throughout the year on behalf of members and other EH practitioners alike: n Attended and participated in the Environmental Health Workforce Summit held in Brisbane in July 2007; n Industry input at five (5) meetings/forums on Local Government Training Packages and Skills Australia; n Interview on local ABC Radio re environmental health workforce issues; n Participation in national and local careers expos; n Initiated two (2) meetings with Director of Public Health re workforce issues; n Organised meetings with leaders of three (3) local political parties re new UTas EH degree and workforce issues; n Organised and conducted three (3) Branch Council meetings; n Drafted and issued two(2) local newsletters to complement the issue of national newsletters; n Organised and conducted two (2) student BBQs for all students currently enrolled in new and existing EH courses; n Donated $250 for the industry prize for the best academic graduate of 2007; n Attended the annual TAFE graduation evening and presented the graduation certificate and industry prize to best academic graduate of 2007; and n Attended and participated in the IFEH 10th World Congress on Environmental Health in Brisbane in May 2008. The new Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) was finally approved and accredited at all levels and is now being offered at the Launceston Campus of the University of Tasmania. Mission accomplished! A capacity number of students enrolled for the face-to-face first year and we are all eagerly awaiting the end of the year to undertake a full review of this flagship degree course. Conferences and Training Another full program of seminars was organised and conducted at The Grange function centre in Campbell Town. Four (4) seminars were held and the range of topics presented included health software, dairy self-assessment tool, WWTP odour management, environmental policy update, bed bugs in public accommodation, on-site water quality testing, egg safety, several climate change presentations, the role of regional EHOs, solar heating, emergency management incidents, raw egg products salmonella outbreaks, EHOs volunteering overseas, FSS workshop, food microbiology – refrigeration index and guidelines for in-water vessel maintenance. The annual branch conference was held at St Helens on the far North East coast of Tasmania and continued to set the benchmark as the most popular EH event of the year. The conference theme ‘Rising To The Challenge’ certainly met expectations with a controversial topic or two from a couple of invited mainland speakers. Overall the presenters, the technical workshop, the technical tour, the evening social activities, the conference dinner, presentation of industry awards, the venue and location and the delegates made for another worthwhile and enjoyable conference. The EHA 2009 National Conference is scheduled to be held in Hobart at the Wrest Point Convention Centre from 11 – 13 November. We look forward to seeing many of our interstate colleagues either flying over or driving over, via the Spirit of Tasmania, to enjoy the conference and then staying on to see and experience some of the spectacular sights around Tasmania – love this place! mark Dwyer mAIEH Tasmanian Branch President EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008 37