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EHA : EHA Yearbook 2010
EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2010 Branch/State Association Reports South Australia (continued) n The Green Team showed us the amazing work that they have done reducing the lead levels of the Port Pirie community with the tenby10 project. n Ingrid Makowski went through her moving presentation about the Victorian Bushfire disaster and how it affected her as an EHO. n Dr Craig Williams entertained his audience with his presentation on Mosquito borne disease in the future. n An update on Warm Water systems was given to us by Amelia Southam from SA Health. n A presentation from the Eastern Health Authority and the Office of the Public Advocate about dealing with squalor, showed us all how to work collaboratively with other agencies to solve the more difficult issues. Thanks again go to the organising committee, the speakers and the sponsors for making 32nd State Conference a success. Tony Pearson MEHA South Australian President Food Safety Special Interest Group This year the Food Safety Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings were well attended and supported by members. The membership group consists of city and regional Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) and State Government (SA Health) representatives. Susan Borne, from the City of West Torrens moved into the role of secretary and has made a big impact on the Food SIG dynamic. Her level of organisation and enthusiasm is a welcomed addition to the Food SIG team. The meeting structure was changed this year in order to address the issue of reduced level of attendance to regenerating member interest. Feedback was sought from Food SIG members on changes that they perceived would help increase attendance and one key response was combined SIG meetings. As a result the Food SIG in conjunction with the Disease SIG ran two combined meetings which resulted in greater attendance, most notably by members from regional councils. Another initiative was the inclusion of a guest speaker from a variety of different food related backgrounds at each meeting. Food Safety Auditing More than 60 EHOs have completed training and are now approved food safety auditors. The SIG continued to be used as a forum for discussing Auditing related issues and has now included this as a standing agenda item. Examples of topics discussed included: n Clarification of requirements for dishwashing standards and calibration of units (domestic v. non domestic) n Provision of a forum for the Department of Health SIG representative Karen Ferres to deliver important information relating to auditor training and professional development. n Clarification on Supported Residential Facilities (SRF's) and whether FSS 3.2.1 is applicable. As part of SA Health's commitment to provide auditors with ongoing training and development, the next Auditors' Forum was has been scheduled for 22 October 2010. Presentations/Guest Speakers Presentations were given during this year's Food SIG's by: 1. Jenny Benton from Foodscope -- Increasing the awareness of food allergies and promoting the accreditation system they have developed for food businesses that offer allergen free food. 2. PIRSA -- Representatives from Primary Industries provided the group with a presentation covering the range and scope of their work. This included: Biosecurity SA using a graduated food safety approach incorporating industry standards, guidelines, protocols, industry consultation, audits, enforcement (including increased audit frequency, expiation, compliance orders, suspension and revocation). 3. AQIS -- Presentations were given by Neil Ramsay, Jenny Pritcher (Imported Foods Program), John Oliver (Processed Foods & Fish) and Tony Wigg (Export Meat). Following the meeting the attendees were also afforded the opportunity of a 15 minute tour of the AQIS building. This meeting was by far the most successful for the year Working Groups Following interest generated from Food SIG members, the sushi tasks was resurrected to enable members to discuss issues and share information about the sushi related food businesses within their respective council areas. The primary aim is to expand members' knowledge and promote consistency amongst EHOs when dealing with sushi businesses. The Food SIG also has representatives in the following working Groups who provide regular feedback to the SIG: n Meat Food Safety advisory Committee (Susan Borne -- City of West Torrens) n LGA and SA Health MOU Work Plan Working Group (Dan Galbraith -- City of Onkaparinga) n Start Right Eat Right Reference Committee (Katie Koto -- City of Charles Sturt) Contributions/Submissions The SIG made a contribution to the following: