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EHPA News 3 July 2020

Friday 03, Jul 2020

In this eNews:

  1. Employment Opportunities


Environmental Health Officer (2 positions) – East Gippsland Shire

Public Health Officer COVID-19 (60 positions) – Department of Health & Human Services

Domestic Wastewater Management Officer – Mansfield Shire Council

Environmental Health Officer – City of Greater Geelong

For more information on any of these positions please go to


  1. Keynote Speaker 2020 Symposium (being held in February 2021, fingers crossed!)


It is with great pleasure that I can announce we have secured the services of Dr Norman Swan as a keynote presenter, many of you will know Dr Swan, presenter of the Coronacast which is a podcast that helps to answer your questions about coronavirus, Dr Norman Swan hosts The Health Report on the ABC’s Radio National, which is the world’s longest-running health programme in the English speaking world. He has also made a number of appearances on 4 Corners.  Norman has won many awards for his work including Australia’s top prize for journalism, the Gold Walkley. He was the third person to be awarded the prestigious medal of the Australian Academy of Science and was given an honorary MD by the University of Sydney on its 150th anniversary. He has consulted to the World Health Organisation and co-chaired a global meeting of health ministers in Bamako West Africa focused on evidence-based policy and priorities in health research. He has been the Australian correspondent for both the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ).


  1. Call for Papers

The 2020 Symposium Committee wish to invite members to submit a paper for the Symposium to be held on 18 & 19 February 2021.

We are specifically looking for case studies in all areas of Environmental/Public Health. If you or your council has a case study that you think would be of interest please submit a small abstract or description of the case study to

The Call for Papers will close on 31st July 2020.

  1. This week’s funny story

This week’s story comes from Kevin Murphy:

“Only a few years ago I was undertaking an inspection of a septic installation that involved a septic tank discharging to a pump well that pumped the wastewater to an effluent drain field. I was looking into the pump well and reaching for the alarm float to verify alarm activation when I saw my spectacles fall from my shirt pocket and create a small splash in the pump well – just what I needed late Friday afternoon. After re-verifying no-one was home, I undertook a reasonable risk assessment and deciding to proceed. I was quite confident and convinced myself that the content of the pump well was predominantly clean water. I made use of a leftover piece of reinforcing mesh at the building site that formed a makeshift ladder for me to gain access into and importantly the ability to get back out of the pump well – about 2 m deep. What could go wrong? Should I take my mobile phone on this journey or leave it ‘high and dry’. I remain confident that no one witnessed me removing my footwear, socks and trousers, descending into the pump well and re-emerging moments later with my glasses and a pen. I was pleased the outside tap was connected to tank water and power was available to allow a cleanup – wash off the mud. At least it was a hot summer day”.


Have a great long weekend everyone, and take care and stay safe.



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