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What might be the next option for many beyond Tiny Houses?

10 January 2021

Posted by: Callum Morrison

What new types of ecological, nutritional and ecotourism components could be used to create a new type of healthy housing ideal for remote locations but potentially anywhere. Is anyone interested in going back to environmental health first principles to try and devise ways to more comfortably live and thrive in remote locations?
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Challenge - Prove you know how to use EHPA Forums...

09 December 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Dear Hume COP Member, You can read all forums without even logging in as a member and anyone can see these so be careful what you write… (Before you try and write your name in a reply to this forum below, make sure you sign in as a member up in the red section of the EHPA webpage in the top right hand corner.) 2. Write your name in the thread below. 3. While you are here in the forums part of the website consider looking and commenting on some of the other forums. (These are useful as posting as links in emails for the general public or non-members for general information.) 4. To automatically let everyone in your Community of Practice region know that you know what you are doing on the EHPA website and know how to utilize EHPA Groups then go to this Discussion (only listed under the Hume Group only so far) and write your name……. Click on EHPA Groups up at the top of the EHPA webpage, go into Hume Discussions (or Cut and Paste after making sure you are signed in as a member. (unfortunately it does not appear to create hotlinks so you will need to look through the current list) https://www.ehpa.org.au/EHPA-Groups/ and look for Challenge - Prove you know how to use the EHPA website EHPA Groups and Forums - Write your name in the thread below ! Have a Great Christmas and if you get a moment and want to invest some time in your profession and your professional development and the development of others then start reading and posting on the EHPA website.
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"Ask not what our EHPA can do for you but what you can do for your EHPA!"

29 November 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Work out what you would like from your EHPA and list it in the appropriate location, forum, groups or email to your colleagues and then set about working together to try and make it happen for your benefit the benefit of others and for future EHO's.
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What are the components of a good EHO COVIDSAFE Plan?

25 November 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Work from Home to minimise exposure to remaining office staff - Covidsafe Family Bubble - Covidsafe Shopping Decontamination - Covidsafe family and elderly support. - Covidsafe Travel Restriction If EHO's have to come into the office - Covidsafe Access to Building - Covidsafe PPE, office spacing, partitioning, heating, air conditioning - Covidsafe Cleaning of Vehicles before and after use, travel arrangements - Covidsafe Toilet Access - Covidsafe Staff Room Food Handling and Water Fountain Access - Covidsafe Photocopier/printer - Covidsafe Paperless Files - Covidsafe Meetings - Covidsafe Screening - Covidsafe testing - Integration of Covidsafe Plans - Covidsafe Decontamination / Showering - Covidsafe Immunisation - Covidsafe Municipal Public Health Planning and Vulnerable Group Support - Covidsafe Emergency Management, Emergency Accommodation - Covidsafe support to Police and DHHS (what would be the trigger for EHO involvement?) - Covidsafe Inspection techniques where appropriate - pre-inspection desktop assessments, remote inspections, minimum time and contact inspections, and post inspection phone contact followup. - Covidsafe recreational activities and community groups - Covidsafe Bucket List Revision
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Time for a Laugh - The Science of Santa

25 November 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

SANTA I have observed some euphoria in the air with the impending arrival of Christmas. It seems there is a rumour that a fat man named “Santa” wearing a seriously retro red suit is expected to fly around the sky behind a team of Reindeer dropping gifts into the houses of “Good” children. Further, it seems he is expected to do this to all houses containing “Good” children in the world in a single night. I have researched the facts as follows: (1) No known species of Reindeer can fly. BUT as there are believed some 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be fully described and classified this does not fully and completely rule out “Flying Reindeer” that only Santa has seen, and presumably be able to capture, domesticate and train. (2) There are some 2.5 billion children (people under 18) in the world. BUT since Santa doesn’t (appear to) handle the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist children, that reduces the workload to 15% of the total – 378 Million, according to the Population Reference Bureau. At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household that’s 91.8 million homes (one presumes there is at least one “good” child per household) (3) Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to earth rotation, differing time zones etc. and assuming he travels east to west, which only seems reasonable. This works out to 822.6 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with good children Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park his Sleigh. (An unlikely aeronautical contrivance), squeeze his bulk down a chimney (risking an oil heater pipe enema), fill the stocking(s), eat whatever snacks are left, ascend the chimney, get back into the sleigh and move onto the next house. (4) Now assuming these stops are evenly distributed (and we know they are not, but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept.) we are now talking about 0.98 kilometres per household, a total trip of some 85.5 million kilometres. This is not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours. This means Santa’s sleigh is moving at an average speed of around 989 kilometres per second, or about 3,600 times the speed of sound. (For the purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle ever created, the Ulysses Space Probe can cover a pokey 42.4 kilometres per second. A conventional Reindeer can run at 45 kilometres per HOUR, Tops. (5) The Payload of such an undertaking adds another interesting element to the equation. If we assume that each ‘good’ child receives no more than a medium sized Lego set weighing a paltry 1.5 kg then the sleigh must therefore weigh 478,000 tonnes, not counting Santa who is invariably described as overweight. On land a ‘conventional’ Reindeer can slowly pull a load of 450 kilos a limited distance at a modest rate. If we grant “Flying Reindeer” (see point 1) unlimited stamina and speed and a pulling load 10 times that of a conventional reindeer, say 4,500 kilos we don’t need 6, 8 or even ten reindeer. No. We must have 114,300 Reindeer. This increases the weight of the load to 393,430 Tonnes. By comparison Queen Elizabeth (Yes, the Ship) weighs less than one quarter of this. (6) 478,000 tonnes travelling at 989 kilometres per second creates enormous air resistance, made even worse at low altitudes. This will heat the Reindeer up in a similar fashion to a spacecraft entering the earth’s atmosphere, but 10 times faster and weighing 150,000 times more. (7) The leading pair of Reindeer. (They are always shown hitched in pairs, except for the little guy in front who has a red nose- I presume a concession to ‘frictional heating’ as described here) will absorb 1400 QUINTILLION Joules of energy. Each……Per second……Repeatedly. …… and burst into a massive ball of flame instantaneously, in turn exposing each pair of Reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms to disperse the ash. The entire Reindeer train will be vaporised within 4.26/1,000th of a nanosecond. Santa in the meantime will be pinned into his Sleigh by centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than the force of Gravity. A 150-Kilo Santa (which would be slim compared to contemporary depictions) would be pinned into his sleigh by 2,315,015.61 Kilos of Force. (8) In conclusion. If ever Santa really did exist and ever attempted to deliver presents in this manner. He is dead now.
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Getting the most out of the "Forum's" on the EHPA Website

17 November 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

1. These are public forums everyone can search for or see on the internet . 2. Only EHPA members that have signed into the website seem to be able to post reply comments or an error is generated. 3. If you have something more publically sensitive but you are happy enough to share it with your colleagues not in "Forums" but "EHPA Groups" (SIG or COP) or go back to email. 4. Sometimes you can put a pointer on the forum for the general membership alerting them to more happening over in groups when they have signed in a member on the EHPA site at the time. 5. If you ever do get the "falling parachute something has gone wrong" error then it the back arrow, copy the text, confirm you have signed in properly as a member (they time out) and then paste the text in again.
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Choice of Hand Sanitiser

29 October 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Choice Magazine is looking into sanitiser standards and labelling https://www.choice.com.au/health-and-body/beauty-and-personal-care/skin-care-and-cosmetics/articles/hand-sanitiser-labelling
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New Research into Microplastics from Babies Bottles

24 October 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Bottle-fed babies may consume millions of microplastic particles, new research suggests. Microplastics can now be found in almost every environment on Earth, but scientists know surprisingly little about how the products we use every day shed these tiny plastic particles. If you drink from a plastic water bottle or eat out of a microwaveable container today, there’s a good chance that you’re using polypropylene. Polypropylene is thought to be safe and suitable for lots of different applications – which is why it’s the most widely used plastic in food preparation. This new research has shown that baby formula preparation with polypropylene bottles exposes infants around the world to an average of one million microplastic particles per day. (Many times higher than what was thought to be the previous exposure for an entire year.) The four quickest and easiest steps to minimise exposure and maintain hygiene are: 1. Rinse sterilised feeding bottles with cool, sterile water. 2. Always prepare formula in a non-plastic container. 3. After formula has cooled to room temperature, transfer it into the cooled, sterilised feeding bottle. 4. Avoid rewarming prepared formula in plastic containers, especially with a microwave oven. I will forward this up to the Department of Health and Human Services for comment and provision of advice to Maternal and Child Health Nurses. https://www.google.com/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/bottle-fed-babies-may-consume-millions-of-microplastic-particles-our-research-suggests-148350
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Reviewing Caravan Park Fee Structures in light of low occupancy

20 October 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Ever since the bushfires and pendemic they have been nowhere near full occupancy. Some Councils have scrapped all registration fees in bushfire areas refunded by the State, Some outside bushfire areas have dropped theirs to 50% and others still charging the full fee amount and over all three years. The State has frozen the fee units for a year. Any thoughts on how this might be better managed?
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Public and Member Discussions Draft Flowchart at the EHPA Website

19 October 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

Updated flowchart demonstrating the Public and Members only parts of the EHPA Website and ways of reducing the number of notifications activations of all members in SIG and COP groups that would otherwise be notified excessively.
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How long can Covid-19 survive on surfaces? - CSIRO Research Link

13 October 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Health/Infectious-diseases-coronavirus/Understanding-the-virus/how-long-the-virus-can-survive
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EHPA WEBSITE Draft Flowchart linking ideas, issues, forums, SIGS, COP and newsletter

06 October 2020

Posted by: Callum Morrison

In SIG's and COP when ever someone makes a post then everyone is notified whether they want to be or not so the best place to start of identifying ideas or issues for EHO's is in the "Forums" part of the EHPA website. Hopefully new forum topics or active forums will get a link published in the EHPA member email for general promotion. The initiator of each Forum can notify applicable SIG's of the link to their Forum and the SIG's can also report these to each of the COP in their reports. The SIGS can also establish Forums of their own to tackle common issues.
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