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Environmental Health in a Multi Faceted World - “Learning from the past, planning for the Future, delivering for the Community”

Oct 2018
11th
09:00 AM
Vibe Hotel & Conference Centre, 32 Murchison St Marysville Victoria Australia 3779

Sessions

Time
Session
Duration
Cost
5:00 PM
  • Welcome Function

    VIBE Hotel Matysville, 32-42 Murchison St, Marysville VIC 3779

    2 hours
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
8:15 AM
  • Registration
    45 mins
8:30 AM
  • Thursday 11 October 2018
    8.17 hours
9:00 AM
  • Welcome & Acknowledgement of Country

    Welcome, Housekeeping and Acknowledgement of Country

    Roger Sayce

    Roger has been an Environmental Health Officer for Local and State Governments in Victoria and... More

    10 mins
9:10 AM
  • Symposium Opening

    Sarah Annells, Environmental Health Professionals Australia, Murrundindi Shire Mayor, Charlotte Bissett and Chief Executive Officer, Craig Lloyd.

    Sarah Annells

    Sarah graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental... More

    20 mins
9:30 AM
  • Keynote Address - Samuel Johnson OAM

    Samuel Johnson is Love Your Sister’s resident ‘de-lebrity’ and has been disgracing our stages and screen as a middling actor for well beyond two decades now. He is best known for his work on cult hit The Secret Life of Us and cop drama Rush, and is mostly not remembered at all for his role as Mick Molloy’s best mate in Crackerjack. He is now best known now for his portrayal of Ian Meldrum in Seven’s ratings smash ‘Molly’, after which he promptly retired to spend all of his time in the LOVE YOUR SISTER Village “so that I can be a part of the new ‘moonshot’ and help kick cancer in the face-hole once and for all.”
    Most importantly, Samuel Johnson is Connie Johnson’s little brother. After his big sister Connie was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer Samuel made Connie the promise of a lifetime. To ride his unicycle around the entire country for her in an effort to remind every young mum in the land to be breast aware. Samuel kept his promise. He spent a whole year atop a unicycle vowing to do whatever it takes to remind young mums to check their boobs.
    Besides being a goose on a unicycle, Samuel begrudgingly bears the title of Chief Flagbearer here at Love Your Sister. He shirks at the idea of being a spokesperson, let alone a flagbearer, but LYS needs a voice and he accepts this. Connie was too sick to blow the trumpet as often as needed so Samuel became the guy at the front. But, in a way, Samuel’s the guy behind it all too. Samuel built Love Your Sister while Connie was sick with gmail and a mobile phone. He hustles really hard and is constantly obsessing about how to improve Love Your Sister.

    Samuel is a bit of a nutter. He can be volatile. When he’s on there’s nothing like it, when he’s off you won’t know where he is. He’s an unpredictable, intense, loving, emotional and often over-enthusiastic guy whose pet hate is when his ‘passion’ gets taken personally. Someone who rides all the way around the country on one wheel has to have at least one screw loose and most people who know Samuel would concede this. Samuel has vowed to keep screaming from the rafters until our mum’s stop dying, and that’s why we put up with his shit.
    Samuel is an accomplished public speaker. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in the Queen’s Honours List in 2000 for Services to the Arts and the Community and has won an AACTA award for Best Actor in a Television Drama. He has been nominated for 3 Logies and has held the title for GQ Magazine’s Social Force of the Year. His and Connie’s book ‘Love Your Sister’ was nominated for Best Biography at the ABIA Awards and in 2016 Samuel was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to cancer research. To top it all off, Samuel was named the 2018 Victorian Australian of the Year.

    Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson is Love Your Sister’s resident ‘de-lebrity’ and has been... More

    1 hour
10:30 AM
  • Morning Tea
    15 mins
10:45 AM
  • Resilience and recovery – Learnings from Black Saturday
    Natalie Stewart

    45 mins
11:30 AM
  • Wood Heaters and Best Practice

    The AHHA will provide an overview on wood heating and the best way of using these. This will include the importance of operating a wood heater correctly, using the correct fuel and understanding why some may produce excessive smoke and tips on how to manage these.

    The session aims to provide those present with the understanding and knowledge on dealing with woodsmoke issues.

    In addition, we will show a couple of videos that are informative and can be linked to your own websites.

    A demonstration will be provided after lunch to show the correct way of operating a wood heater and what happens when you do not.

    In addition, we will provide information on the On line Training Course, developed by the AHHA. This course will provide those who undertake the course understanding of the requirements of the Australian Standard for installing a wood heater and further details to consider when a wood heater is installed for example: clearance requirements, flue height and floor protectors.

    For those who wish to undertake the course, they will gain a good understanding of the requirements and operation of wood heaters, different types and models and the variations regarding flues. Again this will assist in resolving issues surrounding these.

    Ashley Stride

    Ashley Stride has been a board member of the AHHA for the past 3 years and working with the wood... More

    45 mins
12:15 PM
  • Lunch
    45 mins
1:00 PM
  • Can we stop the chop chop? Tobacco Act Search Warrant Case Study, Louisa Dicker, Macpherson and Kelley Lawyers

    Louisa Dicker, Macpherson and Kelley Lawyers

    Louisa Dicker

    Within the local government authorities sector, Louisa is a highly sought after prosecutor and... More

    45 mins
1:45 PM
  • Concurrent Demonstration: Creating a smokeless fire - and what happens when it isn't done correctly

    This workshop will be held outside in the VIBE carpark. Ashley Stride from Australian Home Heating Association.

    Ashley Stride

    Ashley Stride has been a board member of the AHHA for the past 3 years and working with the wood... More

    40 mins
  • Concurrent Session A: Illegal Tobacco Enforcement Best Practice - Louisa Dicker, Macpherson & Kelley Lawyers

    Illegal Tobacco Enforcement Best Practice - Louisa Dicker, Macpherson & Kelley Lawyers

    Louisa Dicker

    Within the local government authorities sector, Louisa is a highly sought after prosecutor and... More

    40 mins
  • Concurrent Session C: Tangled – Leading in a complex environment

    A workshop to develop a customised leadership program for Environmental Health Professionals.

    Adam Lee

    Adam started his career in Environmental Health 15 years ago working as an EHO throughout the... More

    40 mins
2:25 PM
  • Afternoon Tea
    15 mins
2:40 PM
  • Maddocks - EHPA Awards Presentation

    Presentation of the Annual Maddocks - EHPA Awards

    20 mins
3:00 PM
  • Using Office 365 to manage waste water compliance data, Hector Burton City of Ballarat

    Hector Burton, City of Ballarat

    Hector Burton

    Hector is an Ag Science graduate majoring in microbiology. Over the last 10 years Hector has... More

    40 mins
3:40 PM
  • Food Safety Reforms - progress to date, Gary Smith, DHHS

    Gary Smith, DHHS

    Gary Smith

    Gary is an EHO with business and post graduate management qualifications. Gary has worked as an... More

    30 mins
4:10 PM
  • Raw milk: can we manage the risk?

    Deon Mahoney, Dairy Food Safety Victoria

    Deon Mahoney

    Deon is Chief Scientist at Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV), overseeing industry support for... More

    30 mins
4:40 PM
  • Close
    1 mins
7:00 PM
  • Symposium Dinner

    Vibe Hotel

    4.5 hours
Time
Session
Duration
Cost
8:30 AM
  • Friday 12 October 2018
    7 hours
  • Registration
    35 mins
9:10 AM
  • Friday Welcome & Acknowledgement of Country

    Roger Sayce and  Sarah Annells

    Roger Sayce

    Roger has been an Environmental Health Officer for Local and State Governments in Victoria and... More

    Sarah Annells

    Sarah graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental... More

    10 mins
9:20 AM
  • Keynote Address: Brigitte Muir OAM

    Brigitte Muir is the first Australian woman to have climbed Mount Everest and the first Australian, male or female, to have climbed the highest mountain on each continent. Her nine year quest, which included four dramatic attempts on Mount Everest, gives her a unique insight on achieving long term goals, on maintaining personal motivation and on the most important skill needed when working with people: communication!

    Brigitte is the recipient of the Australian Geographic Award for Excellence (1997), the Australia Day Council Australian Achiever Award (2008), the Order of Australia Medal for Services to Mountaineering (2000), the Centenary of Federation Medal (2003) and in 2001 was made a Member of the First Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

    Brigitte Muir's riveting autobiography The Wind in My Hair is a tale of true heroism, courage and an unconquerable determination.

    In recent years, she has given her heart towards positive change in her beloved Eastern Nepal, creating inspirational documentaries and leading fundraising treks for ongoing capacity-building initiatives including the Beyond the Smile women's literacy program.

    Brigitte Muir

    Brigitte Muir is the first Australian woman to have climbed Mount Everest and the first... More

    50 mins
10:10 AM
  • Incidents 2018, Paul Goldsmith, DHHS

    An overview of the issues so far in 2018 ending with a recent food allergen recall, 

    Paul Goldsmith

    Paul is a qualified food technologist and has had working experience within the food industry... More

    40 mins
10:50 AM
  • Morning Tea
    15 mins
11:05 AM
  • Concurrent Session E: Stick that in your water-pipe and smoke it: Shisha tobacco testing

    In 2017 the Victorian Government introduced new legislation to bring shisha products that contain any amount of tobacco in line with cigarettes and cigars. So from 1 August 2017 shisha tobacco cannot be sold to anyone under 18 years of age, openly displayed at the point of sale, sold from temporary outlets or given away to promote the product.

    Shisha tobacco products cannot be smoked in any workplace (which would include a shisha lounge) or in an outdoor dining area.

    But there is an underlying flaw with the legislation. Fruit or herbal products that do not contain tobacco are not covered by the Act even though anecdotal evidence suggested that even herbal or fruit products need a certain amount of tobacco in order to burn.

    The City of Greater Dandenong, being the most ethnically diversity municipality in Victoria, and the second most diverse in Australia, has a growing number of shisha lounges and shisha retailers. So when officers inspect theses premises how are they to know whether or not a shisha product contains tobacco?

    Gareth Little-Hales, City of Greater Dandenong.

    Gareth Little-Hales

    Gareth discovered the work of the Environmental Health Officer whilst studying to become a chef... More

    40 mins
  • Concurrent Session F: Boroondara Mosquito Surveillance Program

    Mosquito surveillance, in some form, has been a feature of public health regimes in regional Victoria for decades. Much is well documented regarding mosquito species and numbers, particularly in areas where Ross River Virus (RRV) or Barmah Forest Virus (BFV) has been periodically detected. However mosquito surveillance programs have not been meaningfully undertaken in metropolitan Melbourne. With recent arbovirus incidents encroaching on far outer Melbourne, the is a distinct need to enhance the knowledge base of mosquito species prevalence beyond the arbovirus hotspots in regional areas. This program has allowed us for the first time to develop a local profile of mosquito species and abundance.

    Robert Weiss, City of Boroondara

    Robert Weiss

    40 mins
  • Concurrent Session D: Streatrader Enhancements

    Shannon DeZilwa  Department of Health and Human Services

    Shannon De Zilwa

    40 mins
11:45 AM
  • What is the practice of environmental health about?

    Presenter: Louise Dunn, Senior Lecturer and discipline lead for the Bachelor of Health Science (Public and Environmental Health) undergraduate degree at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

    Authors: Louise Dunn, Dr Llewellyn Mann, Professor Karen Farquharson

    Threats to human health and the environment continue to evolve and are becoming increasingly complex to address. This has highlighted a need for effective undergraduate and postgraduate education, research and continuing professional development programs to support the development of a workforce to address this problem. One such workforce includes environmental health practitioners, a group of professionals traditionally considered the cornerstone of the public health workforce. Environmental health workforce reviews continue to identify the functions and subsequent skills and knowledge required of the practice role, enhancing our understanding of the practice area. However, it is argued that such descriptions are reductionist in nature and are in danger of providing a limited view of what the practice of environmental health is about. To address this problem, this paper presents the findings of a phenomenographic study, investigating how 19 environmental health practitioners in Australia experience the practice of environmental health. It is further argued that these findings provide the opportunity to not only inform the professional development of the environmental health workforce, but facilitate a broader societal understanding of what the practice of environmental health is about, as experienced by those who practice. This is the first time an empirical study of this nature has been undertaken amongst the environmental health practice community, either locally or internationally.

     

    Louise Dunne, Swinburne University

    Louise Dunn

    Louise is a Senior Lecturer in Public and Environmental Health at Swinburne University of... More

    30 mins
12:15 PM
  • Complex Hoarding Complaints

    Susan Bennett, City of Wodonga and Louisa Dicker, Macpherson and Kelley Lawyers

    Louisa Dicker

    Within the local government authorities sector, Louisa is a highly sought after prosecutor and... More

    Susan Bennett

    Susan has worked in the Environmental Health field for over 17 years as an Environmental Health... More

    45 mins
1:00 PM
  • Lunch
    40 mins
1:40 PM
  • EHPA Annual General Meeting

    Welcome to EHPA AGM, all attendees are welcome to attend but only current financial EHPA members can move motions or vote.

     

     

    15 mins
1:55 PM
  • Concurrent Session H: Food Premises Classification Interactive Session

    Phil Montalto, Department of Health and Human Services

    Philip Montalto

    Philip Montalto was an EHO for 15 years at a number of local councils throughout the state.... More

    45 mins
  • Concurrent Session I: Glamping Case Study

    Anton Maas, Indigo Shire Council

    Anton Maas

    Anton graduated from Queensland University of Queensland with a Master of Health Science Degree... More

    45 mins
  • Concurrent Session J: Lash Rash

    In March 2017, Maroondah City Council Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) received a complaint from a young female resident who was at risk of losing her vision from a staphstaphylococcus aureus infection. Alleged to be contracted from a fake eyelash treatment at a local beauty premise, the officers conducted an investigation without the knowledge of a media storm already brewing. Less than 24hrs after receiving the initial complaint local newspapers, social media and television news stations began their own investigation, as to why such a popular treatment has the potential for such damaging health effects. Weeks of media scrutiny followed, with a number of other clients who visited the premise coming forward with similar experiences. This created a snowball effect and fuelled demands for the premise to be shut down. A number of critical decisions were made by the officers, to ensure the most appropriate resolution for all parties involved. EHOs are highly educated on what to do when such escalating investigative matters occur

    Wendy Wyman, Knox City Council

    Wendy Wyman

    Wendy Wyman is an Environmental Health Officer with a Bachelor of Health Science; Public and... More

    45 mins
2:40 PM
  • Skin Penetration and Infection Control

    Richard Anthony, EZE TRaining.

    Richard Anthony

    I have a passion for creating safety awareness in Skin Penetration services within the Body... More

    50 mins
3:30 PM
  • Close and Afternoon Tea
    30 mins