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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 6 Environmental Health Australia Branch Presidents Virgil Kelk FEHA Virgil commenced work with the Queensland Department of Health as a cadet health inspector in January 1971 . He has worked with Queensland Health since that time and holds the position of Director of Environmental Health for the Darling Downs Population Health Unit based in Toowoomba. Virgil has responsibility for a wide range of environmental health issues including drugs and poisons, foods, tobacco, communicable diseases and environmental toxicology. While based in Toowoomba, Virgil has responsibility for a mostly rural and remote region that is more than half the size of New South Wales or twice the size of Victoria. Virgil has a significant interest in food safety, water quality and disaster management. He has been involved in the delivery of the EHA Disaster Management for Public Health Course since its inception in 19 9 7 and was awarded an Excellence Award by EHA (Queensland Branch) for his work in disaster management in 2005. Virgil became a Fellow of EHA in 2002 and has been Branch President for almost four years. Queensland Branch President NSW/ACT Branch President Shannon McKiernan MEHA Shannon McKiernan has held the position of Coordinator of Environmental Health Practitioners within Gosford City Council since 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science in Australian Environmental Studies from Griffith University, Queensland, and a Bachelor of Health Science – Environmental Health from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Shannon joined EHA as a student member in 19 98 and has continued to be actively involved. Shannon has held a range of positions at Local Government level including responsibility for conducting projects such as Brisbane City Council’s Healthy Brisbane Strategy and Gold Coast City Council’s Community Health Plan. He has also worked extensively with State Government in Queensland, most notably his involvement in the implementation of a Health and Social Impact Assessment for the South East Queensland Regional Plan with the Statewide Health Services Planning Unit of Queensland Health. Shannon has also lectured in the area of social planning for the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland prior to moving to Gosford City Council. Executive Committee Jim Smith (Chair) Joseph Zappavigna Fleur Cousins Stephen Davidson Audit Committee Stephen Davidson (Chair) Nancy Cromar Eric Johnson Joseph Zappavigna Workforce and Professional Development & Certification Committee Jim Smith (Chair) Nancy Cromar Thomas Tenkate Eric Johnson Bruce Morton Environmental Health Course Accreditation Sub-Committee Jim Smith (Chair) Bruce Morton Ron Fry Owen Ashby Waikay Lau Thomas Tenkate Nancy Cromar Human Resource Working Group Fleur Cousins (Chair) Jim Smith Joseph Zappavigna Mark Dwyer Bernadet Ferraro
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