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EHA : EHA Yearbook 2010
EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2010 4 Environmental Health Australia Board of Directors (to Jun 2010) Darren Ponton MEHA Darren Ponton joined as a student member of EHA in 1984, and progressed through Associate to full Membership. He became a State Councillor for a period in the early 1990s, returning in 2004, becoming Branch Vice President in 2005 and President of the WA/NT Branch at its Branch General Meeting in 2006. In November 2008, he was successfully nominated by the WA/NT Branch to the EHA Board as Director, whereupon he stepped down as Branch President and accepted Vice Presidency of the WA/NT Branch. Darren is currently the Principal Environmental Health Officer at the City of Canning, a challenging region with two industrial areas containing some of the state's largest food manufacturers, as well as a mixed residential population and the environmentally sensitive Canning River Regional Park. He has held this position held since July 2007. Prior to this, he was Environmental Health Co-ordinator at the City of Perth, for twelve of the twenty years he worked at City of Perth. He has been Chairperson of the National FoodSafe® Committee, and former Food Safety Special Interest Group Convenor in WA. As well as a Degree in Environmental Health, Darren's qualifications include an MBA in Health Services Administration, and Graduate Diplomas in Public Health, Health Administration and Public Sector Management. He is currently completing a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at Curtin University. (to Oct 2009) Professor Nancy Cromar MEHA Professor Nancy Cromar (BSc Hons, PhD, Napier University, Edinburgh) is currently Head of Department and Postgraduate Academic Coordinator in the Department of Environmental Health at Flinders University. Her research focus is on health-related aspects of water quality and risk assessment and management of microbial water quality related issues. Prof. Cromar is the senior editor of the popular Oxford University Press text Environmental Health in Australia and New Zealand. She has been Convenor of the National Short Courses in Environmental Health since 1996 and an expert member of the Public & Environmental Health Council of SA since 1995. She also chairs the Advisory Board for EHA journal Environmental Health. Prof. Cromar has received an EHA (SA) award for Outstanding Individual Environmental Health Professional of the Year. She currently chairs the International Faculty Forum, which is linked to the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH). (from Dec 2009) Joseph Zappavigna MEHA Joseph Zappavigna completed his Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health) at Curtin University WA in 1992 and in 1997 his Graduate Diploma (Environmental Science) at Murdoch University WA. In his graduating year he was awarded, jointly with a current colleague, the 1992 Harold Salter Award for students showing the highest level of professional potential during the study of environmental health. Joseph is in his fourteenth year as an Environmental Health Practitioner working in Local Government in Western Australia (City of Perth, Victoria Park and currently at Fremantle). Between 1992 and 1994 Joseph progressed his EHA membership from Student, to Associate and then to Member status. He has consistently been elected to WA/NT Branch Council since 1998 and during his time on Branch Council has been involved in various committees, including legislation review and food safety. Particularly Joseph's interests are in environmental management and he continues to coordinate the WA/NT Branch Environmental Management Special Interest Group. In June 2004 Joseph was first elected as a Director on the Board of EHA to participate and contribute with the CEO and other Directors in the business and strategic plans of EHA. Joseph urges those Environmental Health Practitioners considering membership of EHA to act now and make their contribution to the worthwhile profession of environmental health.