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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Branch Reports Disease Control/Emergency Management Special Interest Group Recently Courtney Krake and Rebecca Dyson stepped down as co-convenor and secretary (respectively) of the Disease Control / Emergency Management Special Interest Group (SIG). SIG members wish to thank Rebecca and Courtney for their hard work and contribution to the SIG and the profession over the past year. SIG members and Environmental Health Australia (EHA) South Australia branch council also thank Jamie Tann for taking up the position of co-convenor and Adrian Hill the position as secretary. The financial year 2008-2009 was another busy year with many of the objectives either being completed or nearing completion due to the contribution and dedication of its members. The SIG currently has 42 registered members, which we hope to expand further in the next financial year. Members include previous Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) who have taken up roles in other stakeholder organisations. This contributes to good working relationships and understanding between the agencies as we address the many new challenges EHOs face, for example, in reference to the H1N1 Pandemic and the review the new Public Health Bill. At the beginning of each year the organising committee (Convenors and Secretary) aim to set objectives for the new year, in line with Branch Council’s Business objectives. This year new objectives were not set as there were complex items carried over from last year and many new challenges being taken up from our day to day duties. This year’s challenges include: n Contribution by the SIG members in the development of the following for the Knowledge Base project: a) PEH Act Section 15 Notices / Warrant procedures b) PEH Act Section 17, 18 and 20 in the management of problems including offensive activities, discharge of wastes in a public place and keeping private thoroughfares clean and free of refuse. c) Site visits and inspections n Providing feedback and comments on the development of the new Legionella Regulations; n Working with Department of Health to develop a Legionella workshop, which will focus on Cooling To w e r s and Warm Water Systems. This is due to be presented in September 2009; n Representation and providing feedback to the Department of Health on the Pandemic influenza working party; n Representation and providing comments to the Department of Health’s Insanitary Conditions and Hoarding Guidelines Subgroup; n Strengthening the relationship between the Housing Improvement Branch, Housing SA and SA Health; n Extending partnerships with the SES in relation to Emergency Zone Committees; n Establishment of a Clandestine Drug Lab working party to lobby and address issues relating to Local Governments’ role in the cleaning of such premises. SIG meetings included “Show and Tell” on Obtaining Warrants and Break and Enters, how one large council dealt with the new Legionella regulation requirements, a presentation from the State Recovery Office and the role of the Public and Environmental Health Council. A significant challenge for the group into 20 09 - 2010 will be the interpretation and contribution to the development of the new Public Health Bill to ensure that the new legislation will support Environmental Health Practitioners’ current practices and provide a platform for professional growth and development and support positive impacts on Public Health and the Environment Jamie Tann MEHA and Adrian Hill MEHA Disease Control/Emergency Management Special Interest Group Co-Convenor and Secretary South Australian Branch (continued)
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010