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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Environmental Health Australia National President This year received a great impetus coming off the International Congress in May 2008. A major project was undertaken which examined the organisational risks associated with the employment of environmental health professionals in local government. The project was funded by Queensland Health and a consultant was engaged to undertake the project. This project was a particularly important one within the context of local government environmental health workforce and the concerns with shortages and qualifications of environmental staff. The project is important given the trend in legislation around Australia to not specifically recognise environmental health officers but to instead refer to authorised officers. The Environmental Health Course Accreditation Committee continued its excellent work in reviewing applications for accreditation received from a number of universities. A special moment this year was the accreditation of the first Environmental Health Officer program for Indigenous Australians. It is hoped that the Federal Government will continue to fund Batchelor so it can continue to educate and train Indigenous EHOs who are critical for improvement in environmental health standards in our Indigenous communities. The Journal published four issues again this year and it was encouraging to see that contributions were received from practitioners in Australia and from our colleagues in India, New Zealand, Indonesia and a number of African countries. After conducting research into the financial sustainability of the organisation, a report and recommendations were put to the Board to move towards a new business model that would provide the best option for financial sustainability. The essential features of the proposed model are the increase in independence of branches in a financial and membership service sense and, at the same time, freeing the Board from the high level of administrative responsibilities around membership and finances so it can concentrate on developing national initiatives in workforce and professional development. The process to move toward this new model has commenced and members will be advised in the very new future about the details and advantages to moving to the model. This last year has been a demanding one as there are a number of national environmental health issues and actions requiring the attention of EHA. There is no doubt that at the national level, given the increasing involvement of the Federal Government, it will continue to demand more and more attention of the EHA Board and Branches. With the move to a new business model it is an appropriate time for me to step down and allow a new team to take EHA forward. I take this opportunity to thank my colleagues on the Board for their support, and our CEO Waikay Lau, branches and all the staff for their efforts over the last 12 months. Jim Smith Dr PH LFEHA NATIONAL PRESIDENT Corporate Reports
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010