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EHA : EHA Yearbook 2010
EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2010 The last year has been an exceptionally busy one for Victorian Environmental Health Professionals and has thus compounded many of the difficulties that have challenged EHA during the restructure. Victorian EHPs work under 5 key pieces of legislation and every single one of those Acts or subordinate documents have been amended or replaced in the last year! Furthermore, many municipalities have been inundated with the extra recovery work from the black Saturday bushfires (and now floods also!). Due to the associated workloads from the changes it has made it quite difficult to engage meaningfully with the members and to find volunteers to organise on behalf of the membership. Despite this, Victorian membership is strong. With the restructure of EHA and the difficulty finding organisers, much of the work has fallen to the Victorian Board Members and has thus been an exceptionally busy year. For this reason I would like to commend the Victorian Branch Councillors and Board Members who have gone above and beyond for the membership. Jeremy Draper -- President Ray Christy -- Vice President Jim Smith -- Treasurer Nick Lund -- Secretary David Esmore -- Board Member Jim Maw -- Board Member Leanne Johnson -- Board Member Peter Wright -- Board Member Peter O'Brien -- Board Member The re-structure has meant considerable changes at the Board level (re-writing policy, procedures, etc.) and for our members this has meant a very slow start to the year. One of the policy changes has been the introduction of Corporate membership. We have had quite a few organisations already take up the option and a large number express interest. We are about to do some wider advertising of the option and I hope we can report a big increase by next year's annual report. Despite the slow start, EHA (VIC) INC has managed to organise and host a number of events and courses, including: n 1st Professional Development Symposium (alternate for Victorian State Conference) n Public Health and Wellbeing Act Forum n National Emergency Management Course for Public Health Professionals n Wastewater Treatment Plant Practical Tour n Residential Tenancies Act Forum EHA (VIC) INC has also taken on the Environmental Health Australia 36th National Conference which is to be held at Crown Promenade, Southbank, Melbourne on 17th -- 19th November 2010. The program is very impressive and the venue superb. EHA (VIC) INC has provided a number of formal responses to Government changes over this year. In particular the Caravan Park Working Group (part of the Public Health and Wellbeing SIG) provided very detailed feedback on the changes to the Caravan Park Regulations with much of the feedback ultimately included in the changes. The Environmental Management SIG has also provided numerous and detailed comments to the Environment Protection Authority over proposed changes to the Septic Tanks Code of Practice. Peter Wright (the SIG convenor) has spent countless hours on the thankless task of compiling, writing and liaising to ensure all the comments have been submitted on time. Lastly, the Food SIG has been very busy throughout the year providing members for consultation and meetings. A difficult task with all the Food Act changes, Leanne Johnson (the SIG convenor) has done an amazing job coordinating, liaising, meeting and keeping track of all that has been going on. I would like to make special mention of the work done by Bernadet Ferraro as both Victorian Executive Officer and National Executive Officer. Of all the people in our organisation the changes have had the single largest effect on her workload and she has done a wonderful job ensuring we are up to date, informed and working. The re-structure and timelines have meant that she has often been required to work outside her normal hours and has generally gone above and beyond for the organisation. With all the changes going on in Victoria, members require constant updates and professional development opportunities, meaning there are huge opportunities for EHA. We look forward to a very productive year. Jeremy Draper MEHA Victorian President Emergency Management Special Interest Group In the last financial year, the EMSIG focused on continuous improvement of ongoing projects, including the 'Emergency Management Training for Public Health Professionals', maintaining relationships with the emergency management sector by participation in interagency Emergency Management Committees and Swinburne University by presenting to undergraduate environmental health students. Sponsorship The EMSIG would like to thank the Department of Human Services Emergency Management Branch and Kernow Environmental Services (Mr Terry Old) for their ongoing financial support of the course. This financial support has ensured that the course remains a viable training option for staff from smaller rural councils and interstate organisations. Branch/State Association Reports Victoria