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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 The role of the Course Accreditation Subcommittee is, on behalf of the Board, to receive and assess applications for accreditation of university undergraduate and postgraduate courses which aim to provide training to practice as Environmental Health Officers. Applications for accreditation are assessed against EHA’s Environmental Health Course Accreditation Policy. As can be seen below, the Committee undertook the following accreditation assessments during 2008-09. Date of Accreditation Applicant Course Outcome October 2008 Flinders University Graduate Diploma in Accredited Environmental Health Practice November 2008 University of the Bachelor of Science Conditional Sunshine Coast (Environment & Health) accreditation April 2009 LaTrobe University Graduate Diploma in Conditional Environmental Health accreditation June 2009 Bachelor Institute of Bachelor of Applied Science Reaccreditation Indigenous Tertiary Education (Environmental Health) Courses are accredited for a maximum time period of 5 years and on expiry of this, the Institutions are to apply for re-accreditation of the course. During their accreditation period, institutions are also required to contact EHA when they are planning substantial changes to a course. The course changes will then be assessed in-line with the Course Accreditation Policy. One outcome of the accreditation process for a new course is the awarding of conditional accreditation. Courses receiving conditional accreditation are required to address the issues raised by EHA during the accreditation process, and once these issues have been appropriately addressed, full accreditation is awarded. Once the above courses finalise their accreditation, a total of 9 undergraduate courses and 4 postgraduate courses will be accredited by EHA, with courses in each State and the Northern Territory. As the Course Accreditation Policy was originally developed in 2004, upcoming work for the accreditation subcommittee (in consultation with the Environmental Health Educators Forum and key stakeholders) is a substantial review of the graduate attributes and abilities and the environmental health literacies to ensure that they are appropriately addressing current and future workforce and practice issues. Through the Course Accreditation Subcommittee, EHA is also considering the development of a process for accreditation/recognition of the environmental health qualifications of individuals, particularly for practitioners moving to Australia from other countries. This will be an upcoming project for EHA in consultation with key stakeholders and will consider the outcomes of current workforce projects. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the members of the Committee; Owen Ashby, Bruce Morton, Ron Fry, Thomas Tenkate, Nancy Cromar, and Waikay Lau. Dr Jim Smith LFEHA CHAIR EHA ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH COURSE ACCREDITATION SUB-COMMITTEE EHA Environmental Health Course Accreditation Sub-Committee Corporate Reports
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010