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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 The NSW/ACT Branch has had an exciting and successful year. This year brought new challenges to the role of an EHO as the emerging Climate Change debate continued and food safety and planning reforms began to take shape in NSW. The Branch was there to provide support and a voice for all NSW/ ACT Environmental Health Practitioners to ensure we had a say in the direction our profession was heading. The NSW/ ACT Branch Council has an exciting blend of experience and diversity which has seen them continue to achieve significant outcomes this financial year. NSW/ACT Branch Council for 2008-09 Shannon McKiernan – Branch President Ian Goldthorpe – Branch Councillor Graham Burgess – Branch Councillor Brian Jones – Branch Councillor Paul Reynolds – Branch Councillor Jeff Lee – Branch Councillor The Branch worked from its Business Plan for 2008-09. This document gave Branch Council and its members a clear direction as to actions and priorities for the financial year. Priority areas for the Branch in this financial year were on emerging issues such as Climate Change and continued advocacy and delivering professional development opportunities in the fields of food safety and public health as well as the reintroduction of the annual Branch Conference. The NSW/ ACT Branch Conference was held in October on the Mid North Coast of NSW at Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour. The Conference attracted more than 70 delegates over two days from across NSW and ACT. To see the members support an initiative held in a regional setting was tremendous. The theme of the conference was "Environmental Health – A Pathway to Change" which allowed delegates to hear about the current challenges facing the profession and consider how to respond and take control of the future. The conference showcased initiatives and presented new plans to adapt the changes being placed on the profession. Keynote speakers at the conference included: n Dr Michael J Brennan, Director, Teroma Pty Ltd – Climate Change and Public Health – Changes, Solutions and Expectations n Mr Phillip Bird, Manager Local Government Unit, NSW Food Authority – Food Regulation Partnership Pathway to Change n Dr Jim Smith, EHA National President – IFEH Overview, Summary of Charter A highlight of the conference was having the honour to award a former state president and tireless advocate for Environmental Health Practitioners, Don Buckley, with EHA Fellow status at the Conference Dinner. The NSW/ACT Branch continued to deliver a series of training initiatives that proved to be fantastic professional development opportunities for members, covering a range of topical environmental health issues. The variety of training opportunities delivered really demonstrated the broad scope of issues that the modern environmental health officer needs to be equipped to deal with. Programs delivered throughout the year included n 3 day Food Surveillance School supported by the NSW Food Authority, n 2 day Public Health School supported by NSW Health, n A series of 2 day Noise Investigation courses in response to membership feedback n Complaint Investigation and professional development workshops that focused on techniques for maintaining high levels of personal and professional productivity in the modern work environment. The NSW/ACT Branch continued to represent the interests of environmental health professionals on a range of committees with state agencies. One of the most significant has been representation on the Food Regulation Forum Board, which oversees the development and implementation of the Food Regulation Partnership in conjunction with the NSW Food Authority. This partnership is shepherding in a new era of regulation of food safety standards in NSW and EHA is more than happy with the identification of local government as a key player in safeguarding the health of the community. This partnership has required intensive training and assistance for all environmental health professionals, and the Branch is working hard to position itself to play a major role in the delivery of this service though programs such as Food Surveillance School. The NSW/ACT Branch incorporates our colleagues over the border. Environmental Health within the Australian Capital Territory is managed by the Health Protection Service with Branch Councillor Brian Jones Manager of Environmental Health Operations. The Public Health Act 19 97 and the Food Act 2 0 01 provides for licensing, monitoring and enforcement of public health. The acts allow for regulation of factors that may impact upon public health including food safety, cooling towers and warm water systems, safety of drinking and recreation water. Branch Reports New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory Branch
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010