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EHA : EHA Yearbook 2010
EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2010 Branch/State Association Reports The Queensland Branch, and now Incorporated Association EHA (QLD) INC, has had a very successful year with membership, services, professional development and representation. Overall Association (Branch) membership has remained strong reflecting the current level of confidence in both the Queensland Association and the national organization. It is particularly encouraging to see students becoming members to enhance their interaction with the profession. Further, the changes to the EHA organizational structure has been well received by our members and the EHA (QLD) INC Board are working their way through how the Association should be operating to the State legislation. Branch Councillors/Directors during the year were: Virgil Kelk -- Branch President (to Oct 2009) Bruce Morton -- Branch Councillor/President (from Oct 2009) David McNicoll -- Branch Vice President/Vice President Grant Steen -- Branch Vice President/Director Peter McKee -- Branch Councillor/Treasurer Belinda Davies -- Branch Councillor/Secretary Jim Edwards -- Branch Councillor (to Dec 2009) Paul Endres -- Branch Councillor (to Feb 2009) Sarah Shuttlewood -- Branch Councillor (to Dec 2009) Sofie Sandberg -- Branch Councillor (to Dec 2009) David Hancock -- Branch Councillor/Director Amanda Hutchings -- Branch Councillor/Director Vince Stephens -- Branch Councillor/Director Thomas Tenkate -- Branch Councillor/Director Chris Vakas -- Branch Councillor/Director The Queensland Annual Conference, our 70th, was held on the Gold Coast in May 2010 and the program was well received by the delegates. The conference dinner theme was '70's', given it was our 70th conference, and was a highlight. I have never seen so many safari suits in my life and claimed 'not' to be owned by the wearer. The Association would like to acknowledge the Gold Coast City Council for hosting this event and valuable contribution to ensuring a first class professional development program. The 'Environmental Health Excellence Awards' were presented during the conference dinner. In October last year, Virgil Kelk resigned from the position of President, EHA Qld Branch to spend more time with his family. Virgil was President for four years and on behalf of all members, I wish to thank Virgil for his level of enthusiasm and commitment towards EHA. Virgil still assists EHA in many ways and we appreciate his ongoing involvement. The Association Board continues to meet regularly through a combination of teleconferences and a number of face to face meetings each year. Our Board Directors come from a variety of locations throughout Queensland and work for local governments, Queensland Health, a University, and private enterprise. The Association's Business Plan is being reviewed and updated and will set the path for the Association's work for the coming months. One of our recent challenges for our profession appears to be the decline in the number of students graduating with EHO qualifications. However a number of our members and Association Directors have been working with local universities to provide EHO University courses and hopefully two new courses will come on-line in the coming year, with one of these providing external mode. One of the main forums the Association contributes to is the EHO Subgroup of the Queensland Local Government Careers Taskforce. This Subgroup works with Local Government Association of Queensland, Qld Health, representative Local Governments from rural and metropolitan areas and university sector and is chaired by EHA. We have recently released the Cadetship Guideline and are planning a 2nd workforce survey and developing guidelines on Environmental Health resourcing for Local Government. This group is a great model of collaboration between Environmental Health related service providers and we look forward to advising more of the group's achievements. Conferences and Training n Delivery of the popular Disaster Management for Public Health course 2009 n Delivery of the 70th Annual Branch Conference in May 2010 n Delivery of two Noise Management Workshops n Delivery of the Inaugural Environmental Health Risk Management Workshop Jan 2010 n Delivery of the successful Contemporary Food Safety Training Course Feb 2010 n Planning for our Inaugural Enviro-School and Public Health Workshops. n Development of a Training Catalogue for Members. Regional Group Reports EHA members throughout Queensland actively participate in their local regional groups. These groups meet on a regular basis enabling members to network, share experiences and undertake professional development at their local level. I would like to again express my sincere appreciation to all regional group convenors and secretaries for the valuable contribution they continue to make to EHA. A number of SEQ Regional Group members are planning a revitalization of the group and will be holding meetings soon. Bruce Morton FEHA Queensland President Professional Development (Marketing & Communication) -- QEH Special Interest Group QEH is the newsletter of EHA (QLD) INC, published quarterly and distributed to members in electronic format. The objectives of the QEH are: n To advocate for the Environmental Health profession throughout Queensland Queensland Branch