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EHA : EHA Yearbook 2010
EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2010 Environmental Health Australia National President's Report Environmental health is a particularly important and diverse field and one that has to be responsive to the ever-increasing new challenges faced locally, nationally and internationally. These characteristics also have a strong influence on professional associations and their members, with this year being quite significant for Environmental Health Australia. Prior to the Annual General Meeting in Hobart in November 2009, the Board of Directors and State Presidents had been engaged in substantial discussion, consultation and options analysis regarding the most effective and sustainable business model for our organization. Based on these activities, a devolved model of operation was presented to the Hobart AGM and this was overwhelmingly supported by members. The key features of this model were that the State Branches, which were currently operational units of the national company, were to become independent state incorporated associations whose focus was to be on local membership services, while the national company then concentrated on providing national representation and advocacy as well as implementing national initiatives regarding workforce and professional development. To enable the new operational structure to be successful, the Board felt that the initial focus for resourcing should be on setting-up the new State Associations and so this resulted in a substantial reduction in resources and capacity at the national level. A key result of this was that our long-serving CEO, Mr Waikay Lau finished-up at the end of 2009. The Board is extremely grateful to Mr Lau for his tireless efforts over the last seven to eight years and we wish him the very best in his future endeavours. Another significant action taken as part of the restructure was the sale of a key asset that we held -- office space in a building in Perth. The proceeds from the sale provided critical resources to enable the State Associations and the national company remain viable. A proportion of the proceeds were retained by the national company to fund national initiatives/projects, with the remainder of the funds equally divided among the State Associations. In March 2010, each of the State Branches was incorporated as a State Association and they have been successfully operating as independent associations since this date. Even though the States are organizationally independent, we are currently finalizing a service agreement between the national company and state associations to reflect our ongoing working relationships in order to protect and enhance the EHA brand and to ensure seamless service provision and operation. At a national level, the national company has been active in providing representation, particularly through involvement with enHealth, and has been working on a number of key initiatives regarding workforce and professional development. These include: partnering with enHealth on a project to review our current university course accreditation policy and process; developing implementation processes of our CEHP and CPD schemes; review of the Environmental Health journal to ensure a more sustainable approach to publishing this valuable resource; revision of our EHA website to make it more functional and attractive; implementation of a new policy development process; investigating new opportunities for our RTO; and implementing more effective strategic and operational planning processes. Obviously these projects will require substantial resourcing and consultation and will take some time to complete, but it is intended that these projects be rolled-out during 2010-2011. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the substantial efforts made by the staff and elected officers of EHA. The Executive Officers for each State continue to do a sterling job and often go above and beyond the call of duty to provide high quality service to members. I am therefore most thankful and grateful for our EOs who are the glue that holds our organization together. I am also extremely thankful to all those members who have contributed this year to the organization by either taking on elected roles at a national or state level or by helping to organize the large number of events that have been run across the country -- your commitment and professionalism is truly humbling. Overall, 2009-2010 has been a challenging year due to being a year of reorganization and consolidation, however, I am confident that our efforts this year have laid a strong foundation for a more sustainable and effective EHA into the future. Dr Thomas Tenkate FEHA National President