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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Branch Reports Queensland (continued) Queensland Regional Group Reports North Queensland Regional Group The Northern Group held two conferences, Ingham November 2008 and Magnetic Island June 2009, both of which were well attended by members, sponsors and guests. The November conference hosted by Hinchinbrook Council and opened by Mayor Pino Giandomenico covered topics from the Mackay floods to strategies for retaining EHOs. The long standing Northern Group tradition of holding an awards ceremony continued with Judd Owen taking out the Chandler Challenge. Tudor Tanase won Best Presentation for his work on reducing public health risks and the Kevin Armstrong Memorial Trophy was awarded to Ian Kuhl for his tall tales during a session of ‘yarns’ at the conference dinner. The June conference hosted by Townsville City Council at Magnetic Island and opened by Mayor Les Tyrell boasted a very comprehensive agenda and a high standard of presentations. The topics ranged from food safety policy to clandestine drug labs. John Piispanen took out the award for Best Presentation for his discussion on the Dengue Incident Management Framework. The Kevin Armstrong Memorial Trophy was won by Geoff Wilson and Dave Gould for their stunning display of golfing prowess on the fairways and greens of the Magnetic Island Golf Course. The Northern Group members thank all sponsors for their attendance and valued contribution to the success of each conference, in particular Hinchinbrook Council (November) and Townsville City Council (June), MacDonald Johnston, Serve-Safe, ASP Software, Woolworths, CSR, Pacific Biologics and Golder Associates. Rob Smith and I thank all members, sponsors and guests who attended, presented and organised to deliver very successful conferences. Matthew McCarthy MEHA North Queensland Regional Group Secretary/Treasurer Darling Downs/South West Regional Group The Darling Downs/South We st regional group has had another busy year and held three meetings this financial year. The meetings were held at Toowoomba, Oakey and the Gold Coast. The first meeting of the financial year was sponsored by Darling Downs Population Health Unit and was held at Toowoomba Regional Council in September 2008. This meeting covered a number of interesting topics including case studies and updates on new legislation. It was great to see a number of state departments represented at the meeting providing information to our regional group. The second meeting was hosted by Toowoomba Regional Council – Oakey Service Centre in December 2008. At this meeting, a ‘Soapbox’ was held to promote discussion within the group regarding issues/challenges during 2008 and to provide a review of environmental health work that had been conducted in our area. A social dinner, sponsored by JJ Richards, to celebrate the end of the year, was held in association with this meeting. This social event was a great success and hopefully will become an annual event. For the last meeting of the financial year, the DD/SW EHA group had a combined meeting with SEQ EHA group held at Broadbeach Surf Club. It was great to have a number of SEQ group members attend the meeting. We would like to thank Joe Casabella and the rest of the SEQ EHA group for their assistance with this meeting. At this meeting, Vince Stephens stood down from his role as chair for the group. Vince has made a large contribution to the group especially in the last three years in his role as chair and his efforts have been appreciated by the group. The DD/SW members thank all sponsors for their attendance and contribution to the success of our meetings, in particular, Darling Downs Population Health Unit, Toowoomba Regional Council, JJ Richards, drumMUSTER and Divine Possibilities. Vince and myself would like to thank all members, sponsors and guests who attended, presented and helped organise these meetings. We look forward to the meetings to be held in the coming year. Amanda Hutchings MEHA Darling Downs/South West Regional Group Secretary/Treasurer
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
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