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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Branch Reports Emergency Management Special Interest Group For most members of the EMSIG, 20 09 has been a very difficult period to commit to the EMSIG due to the impact of the “Black Saturday Fires” in February. These fires impacted on a number of members whose municipalities or organisations were affected or involved in responding to the fires. The unexpected workload resulting from these fires and in the case of affected municipalities to the ongoing Recovery process which may take years to respond to, has and will make it very difficult for relevant members to commit to the EMSIG. In addition to the fires a number of SIG members were involved in responding to the outbreak of Swine Flu which compounded an already very difficult period. In light of the above the commitment of all EMSIG members, the 20 09 course was successfully completed. The EMSIG had a number of focuses in the last financial year which included : n Development and facilitation of the 2009 course. n Participation in interagency Emergency Management Committees. n Development and presentation of emergency management education to Environmental Health students at Swinburne University. n Development (with relevant agencies) of protocols for EHOs entering CFA and the DSE staging areas during a fire. n Maintaining accreditation status by reviewing topics, program and tabletop exercise, course notes and liaising with relevant emergency management organisations and agencies. The EMSIG continued its development and facilitation of the nationally accredited Emergency Management Course, which was held at Emergency Management Australia Mt Macedon from 26 to 31 July. A full complement of participants (thirty) attended comprising municipal EHOs from Victoria, interstate (Western Australia, New South Wales), the Department of Human Services and the Australian Defence Forces (RAAF). To ensure the success of the course, a minimum of six SIG members were in attendance each day as either a syndicate assessor, syndicate leader or as a program manager. The SIG has continued its ongoing role of presenting at Swinburne University. The presentations involve providing an overview of public health emergency management to first year students in May, and further presentations to second year students in October, which are assessed items of their course. The presentations cover the areas of Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery as they relate to emergencies. The EMSIG would like to thank the Department of Human Services and Kernow Environmental Services (Terry Old) for their ongoing financial support of the course. The emergency management course would not be the success it is without the support of the Victorian Branch Council, and in particular, the work and commitment of the SIG members. Kirsten Jenkins MEHA Emergency Management Special Interest Group Convenor Victorian Branch (continued)
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