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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Branch Council continues to provide positive momentum and direction for all the Environmental Health Practitioners around the state. There remains a strong commitment amongst the Branch Councillors to continue to work towards addressing workforce and workplace issues of concern. I would like to name our Branch Council members and acknowledge the fantastic efforts they have made to the profession throughout the year : Ron Fry – Senior Vice President & Director Eric Johnson – Vice President Abyilene Dobson – Branch Councillor Doug Doherty – Branch Councillor James Doherty – Branch Councillor Carmel Miller – Branch Councillor Jacob Farran – Branch Councillor During the year we farewelled Alison Duniam from participation on Branch Council – she needed to focus more of her time and efforts on raising her young family. Carmel Miller was more than happy to come on board as Alison’s replacement. Below is a summary of Branch Council’s activities throughout the year on behalf of members and other Environmental Health Practitioners: n Organised and conducted three (3) statewide environmental health seminars; n Organised and conducted a statewide annual environmental health conference; n Issued a public media release on the keynote speaker on pandemic influenza for the annual branch conference; n Attended and participated in a University of Tasmania careers information day; n Representation on the Statewide Immunisation Reference Group (SIRG); n Representation on the Tasmanian Food Safety Forum; n Organised and conducted nine (9) Branch Council meetings; n Drafted and issued two (2) comprehensive statewide newsletters; n Organised a student BBQ for students currently enrolled in the new bachelor degree course at the University of Tasmania; n Attended the annual Polytechnic graduation ceremony and presented the EHA certificate and industry prize to best student graduate of 20 08; n Donated $ 250 for the industry prize for the best student graduate of 2008; and n Established a National Conference organising committee. Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health) University of Tasmania The new degree is currently in its second year at the School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania (Launceston Campus) with ten students enrolled, four of whom have traineeships with local councils. The course continues to grow in strength and appeal. Over the past few months several significant and exciting developments have occurred. The first is the creation of an Environmental Health lecturing position funded jointly between the Department Health & Human Services (DHHS) and University of Tasmania. The position will involve co-ordination, development and teaching into the degree undergraduate program along with implementation of the environmental health practicum to ensure that graduates are ready for work. The position will also involve report writing and contributions to work undertaken by DHHS. The second development is that the degree is currently being considered for Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses to Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration which allows this degree to be available to international students. Enquiries for 2 010 have been strong with some mature age enquirers currently undertaking preliminary programs such as academic writing skills and bridging physics and chemistry units to ensure they are ready to succeed in the course. Conferences and Training Another program of environmental health seminars was organised and conducted at The Grange function centre in Campbell Town. Three seminars were held and the range of topics presented included an enHealth workshop, a pesticide migration screening tool, an update of the Environmental Hazards Unit in the new degree course, an Environmental Management System Online Interactive Audit Tool demonstration, overview of Food Safety Standard 3.3.1, DHHS statewide issues, draft noise nuisance assessment matrix, Local Government Association of Tasmania staffing and skills level overview, public swimming pools maintenance and quality standard techniques and the establishment of influenza pandemic flu clinics. The annual branch conference was held at Cradle Mountain in the central highlands of Tasmania and continued to set the benchmark as the most popular event on the Tasmanian environmental health calendar. The conference theme, A Healthier Future – Finding A Way Forward, certainly met expectations especially in the isolated Tasmanian wilderness. Overall the range of topics and presenters, the eco- environmental technical tour to Dove Lake, the evening social activities and roaring open fires, the visit to the Tassie devil park, the conference dinner, the presentation of industry awards to King Island and Kingborough Councils, the venue and unique location and, of course, the delegates that made the long trek to Cradle Mountain contributed to another memorable and enjoyable conference. Branch Reports Tasmanian Branch
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