Lots of things happening at the moment!
- Message from the President, Breaking News – Swinburne Course
I am very pleased to advise that Swinburne has advised the Course Advisory committee that it has prepared an action plan that will ensure a continuation of qualified graduates as Environmental Health Officers in Victoria.
The Action Plan includes:
- A cessation of the current undergraduate course and a teach-out plan for existing graduates. Qualified EHO’s will still be graduating from this course over the next 3 years.
- To establish an accredited 1-year Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health starting in February 2020, with its first graduates expected in November 2020. This will be aligned within the
School of Science. The Course Advisory Committee will play an important role in developing an innovative new program, attracting high quality students. This timeline will also ensure that there is extensive opportunity for Swinburne staff to work with you in ensuring an outstanding program. The university will allocate specific marketing budget to be used in 2019 for the promotion of this course.
- Swinburne is currently negotiating with the Minister of Education to allocate commonwealth supported places to this course.
- Swinburne will also engage with the course advisory committee and local Councils to establish a number of student scholarships, which will aid the promotion of EHOs as a career path.
- The School of Science will continue to explore undergraduate options, especially if we revert back to an uncapped demand-driven environment.
Thanks to all of you who advocated for the Swinburne course, either directly or indirectly. Your advocacy and support for the course lead to this excellent outcome.
Sarah Annells, EHPA National President
2. Exciting News!!!!! Keynote Speaker for the EHPA Symposium
It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have secured Samuel Johnson, Philanthropist, co-founder of the Love Your Sister Foundation, Actor and Gold Logie Award winner as our Keynote Speaker on Thursday 11 October, 2018 (day 1) of our Symposium. As a motivational speaker, they don’t come better qualified than Samuel Johnson, as part of our agreement with Samuel we will be putting a pair of rainbow socks (you know you love them) in every delegate packs, proceeds to the Love your Sister Foundation and donating $5.00 from every registration to the foundation. Help us support him in the battle to find a cure for cancer.
(PS: we have other goodies in the delegate packs but if you don’t go, you won’t know!)
3. Employment Opportunities
Environmental Health Officer, Ararat Rural City Council
Health Protection Officer, Colac Otway Shire Council
Environmental Health Officer (Kernow Environmental Services), Shires of Mitchell & Strathbogie
4. Onsite Wastewater Workshop registration closing soon.
Registration will close on Friday 8th June unless filled earlier. There are only 3 spots left so if you intend to go, don’t leave it too late or you will miss out.
5. Public Health & Wellbeing Forum 13 August 2018.
Please mark this date in your calendar, the event will be held at William Angliss College (very close to Flagstaff Station) Melbourne, Speakers and topics include:
1)Review of the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations – Karen Fletcher, DHHS
2) Review of the Health Guidelines for Personal Care and Body Art Industries – Donna Cameron, DHHS
3) Enforcement of guidelines – John Rantino, Maddocks
4) Emerging trends in health profession – Rebecca Schack, DHHS
5) Case study involving Summary Offences Act – Louisa Dicker, M&K
6) Injections – when is it skin pen and when is it a medical procedure. – DHHS
7) Foot spa survey – Roy Russell, Melton City Council
8) Case study on infection from eye lash extensions – Lisa Balaban, Maroondah City Council
Registrations will open later this month.
Bernadet Ferraro|Executive Officer & Company Secretary |Environmental Health Professionals Australia Limited
P O Box 378,Diamond Creek, Victoria, 3089
Ph: 03 9438 5960 Mob: 0448 660 080