by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Public Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group The Public Health and Wellbeing SIG has had a busy year. The introduction of the new Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (“the Act”) and the updated Health Regulations in 2 010 provide new challenges for all Environmental Health Professionals. In early 2009 the SIG developed an action plan outlining the major issues surrounding the introduction and implementation of the new Act and Regulations. The SIG will aim to provide support to EHA members on these issues by developing a number of working tools, policies and best- practice procedures. The major issues and actions identified in the 2009/10 action plan are: n Developing assessment tools and supporting policies for prescribed premises including colonic irrigation and rooming houses; n Developing policies and best-practice procedures for the revised nuisance provisions in the Act; n Developing policies and best-practice procedures for the introduction of search warrants to Act; and n Providing comment and advice on the revised Health Regulations (Released late September 2009). The SIG has been working on developing assessment tools and supporting policies for prescribed premises for some time n o w. With the introduction of the new Act and Regulations, the SIG aims to further develop the assessment tools and launch them in 2 010 . The assessment tools will include Hairdressers and Beauty Therapists, Swimming Pools and Spas, Skin Penetration Premises, Prescribed Accommodation, Caravan Parks and Movable Dwellings, Colonic Irrigation and Rooming Houses. The development of these tools and policies has been stalled by the late release of the Health Regulations. This document was released in September 2009 and the SIG is working hard to provide comment shortly. We are all looking forward to developing and producing a range of practice policies and guidelines which will be supported with professional tools and products that serve the needs of all EHA members. In April 2009 with help from Ingrid Makowski, the SIG provided comment on the Review of the Residential Tenancies (Caravan Parks & Moveable Dwellings Registration and Standards) Regulations 1999. These comments and suggestions were well received. The SIG would like to thank Ingrid for her assistance and support with developing this EHA position. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all SIG members for their hard work and dedication in 20 09 and to extend a warm welcome to our newer members who responded to our article in the 2009 winter edition of Healthline News. The next 12 months will be very challenging for all of us. I look forward to working with you all next year and into the future. Kristy Taig MEHA Public Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group Co-Convenor Environmental Management Special Interest Group Branch Council resolved to replace the Environment Special Interest Group with the Environmental Management SIG to better reflect the scope of policy positions that the EHA could focus on in relation to Environmental Management issues. One of the first tasks of the SIG was to write to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Gavin Jennings, MLC, on the release of the Code of Practice - Onsite Wastewater Management without proper consultation with relevant stakeholders and in particular Environmental Health Practitioners. The result of this action was partly positive as it prompted a review of the new Code by the E PA and the inclusion of EHA and other stakeholders in its revision. The Code is currently being amended to a 3rd version, which will be available as a draft for review by EHA members. SIG members have also worked closely with the Water Unit at E PA in an effort to strengthen the partnership between EHA and E PA in relation to a collaborative approach to Onsite Wastewater Management policy. In December 20 08 some of the Environmental Management SIG members attended a SIG planning d ay, which laid the foundations of a new Action Plan for the SIG. The new Action Plan, which was adopted by the SIG in June 2009, has a number of strategic objectives. These objectives focus on the importance of the advocacy role of the SIG in relation to environmental management. Ray Christy MEHA Environmental Management Special Interest Group Co-Convenor Branch Reports Victorian Branch (continued)
Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
EHA Yearbook 2010