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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 2008-2009 has been a busy, diverse and interesting year. Members have tackled our first influenza pandemic in 40 years, putting business continuity plans to the test and challenging our capacity to provide immunisation services. Food safety and public access to food business inspection results has focused attention on EHOs, local government and our profession like no other topic since food safety became a local government responsibility. Matters such as resourcing, prioritisation of food regulation, consistency of enforcement activities and the skills and qualifications of Environmental Health Officers have had to be addressed. It has provided an opportunity for members to focus on food safety, consider the effectiveness of the Food Act 2001, and lobby for change. In particular, deficiencies in inspection fees which limit funding of food regulation, the failure of 'notification' to capture current food business details or enable effective use of information for innovative approaches to food safety. Branch Council endorsed the establishment of a subcommittee to explore and respond to articles concerning Naming & Shaming on behalf of EHA (SA Branch). The purpose of the subcommittee is to further develop our policy position and prepare appropriate responses to the media, DH and LGA as necessary to achieve the best outcome for EHOs and food safety in SA. The two key areas for response have been the publication of successful prosecutions under the Food Act, an initiative of the current Labour Government and the impact of the Ombudsman's FOI determination that Councils must release the names of food businesses not complying with improvement notices or subject to prohibition orders. South Australian members are well placed to confidently promote a consistent approach to food regulation and enforcement utilising the tools prepared by the SA Branch. In particular AFSA, our model Food Inspection Procedure, Enforcement Policy and forum for addressing inconsistencies and developing EHOs - the Food SIG. Thanks to the initiative of John Darzanos, Australia's first Environmental Health Managers Forum has been established. Its purpose is to provide leadership and support for Environmental Health Managers and Supervisors representing Local Government and other agencies involved with and undertaking work in the field of Environmental Health, Public Health and Environment Protection. Our Knowledge Base for Environmental Health Officers continues to be updated with new content thanks to input from members and the coordination of our project officer, Melinda Coleshill. The South Australian Branch provided submissions on the following: n Public & Environmental Health (Legionella) Regulations n Environmental Health Indicators project n Local Government’s role in the event of Pandemic Influenza n Proposed National Centre for Local Government Excellence n Proposed amendments to Primary Produce (Food Safety Schemes) (Dairy Industry) Regulations n Proposed South Australian Residential Development Code n South Australia's draft Safe Water Bill The South Australian Branch has representatives on the following: n Public & Environmental Health Council n Public Environmental Heath Act Review Committee n DH Environmental Health Indicators project n DH Emergency Management Planning Committee n DH working party to develop insanitary condition (hoarding) guidelines n DH Bi-monthly (Food) meetings n Food Act MOU Wo rk Plan – Working party n State Pandemic Influenza Working Group n LGMA Presidents Forum n Flinders University Professional Advisory Committee n Flinders University post graduate degree accreditation panel n Meat Hygiene Advisory Committee n Dairy Authority Advisory Committee n EPA/LGA sub-Committee n enHealth Workforce Project The South Australian Branch coordinated the following training during this reporting period: n Clandestine Drug Lab Seminar n Food Act Enforcement Seminar n Workshop – Responding to SA Health's discussion paper 'Development of Local Government Environmental Health Indicators' n Evaporation Transpiration Absorption (ETA) Onsite Wastewater Training Day n 31st Branch Conference – Putting Environmental Health Through The Mill Branch Reports South Australian Branch
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010