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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 8 Environmental Health Australia Victorian Branch President (since Aug 2008) Dr Jim Smith LFEHA Jim has been a public health management consultant for twenty years and he has provided services to government, industry and community sectors in the areas of public and environmental health strategic planning and facilitation, policy development, and food safety risk management. Jim’s professional background includes: nursing; local and state environmental health service delivery; executive management; university teaching and research; and business. Jim’s research interests are intergovernmental relations in public health, the history and development of the local government public and environmental health role, environmental health education and practice, and food safety policy. Jim has been an active member of EHA for many years and currently chairs the Board’s Environmental Health Course Advisory Committee, and is the Editor of Environmental Health. In the past he has been President of the Victorian Branch (1998-2002), a Board Director (1999-2003), National Vice-President (2000-2003), the Board’s Policy and Governance Adviser (2003-2006), and National President. Branch Presidents Darren Ponton MEHA Darren Ponton joined as a student member of EHA in 198 4 , and progressed through Associate to full Membership. He became a State Councillor for a period in the early 1990s, returning in 2004, WA/NT Branch Vice President in 2005 and President in 2006. In November 20 08, he was successfully nominated by the WA/NT Branch to the EHA Board as Director, whereupon he stepped down as Branch President and accepted Vice Presidency of the WA/NT Branch. Darren has held the position of Principal Environmental Health Officer at the City of Canning since July 2 0 0 7. This is a challenging region with two industrial areas containing some of the state’s largest food manufacturers, as well as a mixed residential population and the environmentally sensitive Canning River Regional Park. Prior to this, he was Environmental Health Co-ordinator at the City of Perth, for twelve of the twenty years at City of Perth. He has been Chairperson of the National FoodSafe® Committee, and former Food Safety Special Interest Group Convenor in WA . As well as a Degree in Environmental Health, Darren’s qualifications include an MBA in Health Services Administration, and Graduate Diplomas in Public Health, Health Administration and Public Sector Management. He is currently completing a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University. Joseph Zappavigna MEHA Joseph Zappavigna completed his Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health) at Curtin University WA in 19 9 2 and in 19 9 7 his Graduate Diploma (Environmental Science) at Murdoch University WA. In his graduating year he was awarded, jointly with a current colleague, the 19 9 2 Harold Salter Award for students showing the highest level of professional potential during the study of environmental health. Joseph is in his fourteenth year as an Environmental Health Practitioner working in Local Government in Western Australia (City of Perth, Victoria Pa rk and currently at Fremantle). Between 1992 and 1994 Joseph progressed his EHA membership from Student, to Associate and then to Member status. He has consistently been elected to WA/NT Branch Council since 19 98 and during his time on Branch Council has been involved in various committees, including legislation review and food safety. Joseph’s interests are in environmental management and he continues to coordinate the WA/NT Branch Environmental Management Special Interest Group. In June 20 04 Joseph was elected Director on the Board of EHA and participated and contributed alongside the CEO and other Directors in the business and strategic plans of EHA. In November 2008 he stood down from the Board to take up Presidency of the WA/NT Branch and urges those Environmental Health Practitioners considering membership of EHA to act now and make their contribution to the worthwhile profession of environmental health. Western Australian /Northern Territory Branch President (to Nov 2008) Western Australian /Northern Territory Branch President (since Nov 2008)
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010