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EHA : Yearkbook 2009
EHA YEARBOOK 2009 Branch Reports Northwest Regional Group The North We st Region continued to hold quarterly meetings. Meeting venues were varied and included St. Arnaud, Swan Hill, Echuca and Kerang. The Swan Hill and St Arnaud meetings were combined with the Central Highlands Regional Group. Meetings were generally well attended with a good representation of all shires within the region. Discussions at the meeting included changes to the Food Act and the introduction of the Health and Wellbeing Act, bushfire recovery, heatwave strategy, Pandemic plans, staff movements, waste water, immunisation, complaints, food safety and the upcoming Symposium. The following organisations/departments had guest speakers attend meetings to discuss issues of relevance to the regions Councils. n The Plumbing Industry Commission – updates to the Plumbing Code that affect waste water irrigation systems. n Maddocks Public Health and Wellbeing Act – Presentation on how changes to the Act would impact on Environmental Health Officers. n DHS- Topics covered included Bushfires, swine flu, pandemic planning, arbovirus, Food Act and Health Act changes, DHS/EHA Food legal course, Emergency Management Course, Drinking water guidelines. Many thanks to all involved both in hosting and participating in the meetings. The opportunity for members to share experience, advice and resources is invaluable. I look forward to continuing be part of a supportive, professional group when we meet in 2009/10. Tracey Watson MEHA Northwest Regional Group Secretary Northwest EHO Network The Northwest EHO Network had a pleasing year, with good attendance and support at meetings as well as being responsible for organising the Victorian Conference which was held on 17 and 18 November in Eltham. There has been some productive networking by EHOs as well as an opportunity for EHOs to exchange information and ideas. Meetings were held at the City of Banyule, Hume and Darebin. Guest Speakers were invited to make a presentation at each meeting on a selected topic and they included; n Leanne Johnson who was working on secondment at the Food Unit, DHS gave an update on proposed Drinking Water Guidelines for Commercial and Residential Premises on Private Water Supplies, the Food Atlas, Food Act Review and Food Sampling Update. n Allen Peacock from Energy Safe Victoria presented on the new gas safety legislation and how it applies to events. n Ralph Mertins Team Leader from the City of Whittlesea and Warren Brooker Manager of Building Services at the City of Darebin spoke on bushfire recovery that affected the Whittlesea and Nillumbik municipalities. n Dr Kylie Warner from DTS Laboratories spoke on Food Allergens. A regular update from REHOs has been included at each meeting and updates from EHOs who belong to the various SIGs. Thanks to EHOs for their support and attendance at meetings and we look forward to another busy and successful year. Angela Minglis MEHA Northwest EHO Network Secretary Victorian Branch (continued)
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