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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Regional Group Reports The WA/NT Branch has continued to support a Regional Group network during the year however several groups have elected not to be part of EHA and hence bound by its Constitution and Bylaws. The groups currently associated with EHA are the Northwest Group, Great Southern Group, South West Group, Eastern Goldfields Group and the Northern Territory Group. All groups have met during the year with the exception of the Northern Territory Group. Groups have continued to provide an opportunity for professional networking and updates on a variety of issues during the reporting period. The Branch Council is continuing to provide reports and where possible an attendee at meetings of Regional Groups that have left the organisation, although all financial support of these has ceased. North West Region The North West Regional Group had another successful year this year with two meetings being held, one in Broome and the other held in conjunction with the Branch Conference in Fremantle. It was very beneficial having a meeting in Fremantle this year as it allowed the group to meet with other members and staff of EHA, including Branch President Darren Ponton, Branch Councillors and Branch Executive Officer Valarie Filevski. The group was also fortunate to have members of the Department of Health at both meetings. One of the main issues discussed at the meetings was the shortage of experienced EHOs in regional areas and what can be done to rectify this problem. The North West Regional Group assisted with organising a 4 day Mosquito Management Course in Broome in March 2008. This course was made available to employees of the mining companies operating in the North West that have become increasingly important in the management of environmental health. The group is looking forward to more courses in the North West next year. The group includes both EHOs and Aboriginal Field Support Officers in 2007 in the Kimberley region and is well supported by the Department of Health. Like many regions a priority has been dealing with the issues of Murray Valley Encephalitis throughout the region. In some areas it is still prevalent and this remains a significant environmental health challenge for the group members into the future. Branch Presidents' Reports South West Region Western Australia/Northern Territory Branch (continued) The South West Regional Group met on three (3) occasions during the year to discuss a variety of contemporary environmental health issues, and hosted the EHA organized Acoustics Workshop in Bunbury. The Branch President attended one meeting, whilst Branch Councillor Colin Dent attended all meetings. Great Southern Region The Great Southern Regional Group met regularly during the year to discuss a variety of contemporary environmental health issues. Mid West Region The Mid West Regional Group met on two (2) occasions during the year to discuss a variety of contemporary environmental health issues. The Branch President attended one meeting in Geraldton, whilst Branch Councillor Felix Neuwieler attended other meetings. Northern Territory Regional Group The group did not meet during the year due to significant staff movements within the region, however discussion had been underway between Branch Councillors and an active group of members in this region to hold a meeting in November 2007. Environmental Health in the Northern Territory is a priority for the Branch, and the Branch Council has arrangements in place for a Branch Councillor from the Territory to act as a Regional Group Secretary in the 2008 - 2009 financial year. Eastern Goldfields Regional Group The group did not meet during the year due to significant staff movements within the region. Conclusion I would like to thank the members and the many volunteers who have supported the Branch throughout 2007 - 2008 and I look forward to working with you in the interest of environmental health for the coming year. Darren Ponton mAIEH Branch President WA/NT Branch 50 EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008