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EHA : EHA Yearbook 2010
EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2010 After a rather tumultuous year Tasmania has emerged as a State Association under the business name Environmental Health Australia (Tasmania) Incorporated. The current office bearers are as follows -- Mark Dwyer -- President Ron Fry -- Vice President Doug Doherty -- Secretary Ellayne Wiles -- Treasurer Carmel Miller -- Board Member Alex Woodward -- Board Member Jacob Farran -- Board Member Special thanks go to Jeff Findlay for his invaluable assistance during the transition phase into the new business arrangement. I am grateful too for the time and effort that Eric Johnson, James Doherty and Aby McGuire provided to the previous Branch Council. Your assistance is most appreciated and our ongoing success in providing good service to our profession in Tasmania would not have been possible without your contributions. Over the past 12 months the following activities were undertaken for members and other environmental health practitioners in Tasmania -- n Quarterly seminars held in September & December 09, March & June 10; n Newsletters issued in August 09, April, June & September 10; n Attendance at the annual Polytechnic graduation ceremony to support graduating environmental health students; n Award of $250 EHA prize to the best student graduate for 2009; n Organised and conducted the 35th annual National EHA Conference; n Supported the University of Tasmania's 'taster' and career information days; n Representation on the Statewide Immunisation Reference Group; n Representation on the Tasmanian Food Safety Forum; and n Conducted Branch Council/Board meetings including Organising Committee meetings. Conferences & Training Another comprehensive program of environmental health seminars was conducted at The Grange function centre in Campbell Town. The range of topics, covered by various presenters, included a day long workshop on water quality incident tracking, communication protocols and relevant legislation, EHOs working in isolation, Food Safety Forum MOU, Second Bite, pandemic swine flu update, waste water disposal systems case studies, Copenhagen climate change report, Red Cross in emergency management, OH&S workshop, sanitisers, private certifiers (waste water), disease prevention linkages with GP practices, enHealth update and post pandemic swine flu briefing from various perspectives. The 'Emergency Management Training for Public Health Professionals' course run by the EHA (Victoria) Inc. SIG continues to be promoted throughout the state to ensure Tasmanian EHOs are made aware of the opportunity for specialised public health emergency management training. 35th EHA National Conference Despite the effects of both the Global Financial Crisis and the pandemic swine flu at the time there was a remarkable attendance level at this conference. The Wrest Point Casino Boardwalk venue provided a stunning view of the Derwent River and nearby Mt Wellington for delegates to enjoy during their three days at the Conference. In excess of 100 delegates from around Australia were in attendance to listen to various presenters on the Conference theme 'Environmental Health: Time to Deliver'. Keynote presenters included Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe AO, Dr Roscoe Taylor (Director of Public Health, Tasmania) and comedian Rod Quantock. Papers were presented on climate change, risk management, urbanisation, sustainable development and capacity building from a public and environmental health perspective. Environmental technical tours to a local vineyard (recycled water) and a zinc smelter (environmental management) complemented the Conference theme. The Conference organising committee is to be commended on their efforts in enabling a most successful National Conference to take place at a time when there were considerable (global influenced) constraints on delegates being able to attend. Mark Dwyer MEHA Tasmanian President Branch/State Association Reports Tasmania