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EHPA News 31 July 2020

Friday 31, Jul 2020

In this issue:

  1. Presidents Message On behalf of the Board our thoughts are with you as we all continue to work and live thorough these challenging times.

I would like to acknowledge all Environmental Health Practitioner’s efforts whether it’s continuing to deliver important ongoing public health services or working on the response to this pandemic to protect our communities.

Unfortunately, due to ongoing impacts of the pandemic and uncertainty about gatherings, the Board has decided to further postpone the Annual Symposium. We are still committed to delivering a symposium but at this time, have not set a new date and investigating other ways using technology to hold workshops or webinars over the coming months. We will be undertaking a member survey soon to seek ideas and feedback from you.

On a positive note it was extremely pleasing to see over 120 practitioners offering to support students undertaking the unit, Becoming an Environmental Health Professional, in the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health Practice at Swinburne.  In addition to Louise Dunn’s message of appreciation below, I am also very proud and grateful for your support particularly given the current circumstances.

Thanks again and look after yourselves and others.

Kind regards,


Adam Lee | National President | Environmental Health Professionals Australia Limited

  1. Employment Opportunities

Department of Health & Human Services:

Senior Project Officer Operations, Case Contact and Outbreak Management

Administrative Project Officer, New Case & New Contract Team, Operation

Operations Team Lead, Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Branch

Senior Health Protection Officer, Emergency Management, Population Health and Health Protection (VPSG5) South Division


Hays - Temporary EHO’s for various positions within local councils throughout Victoria, also a position for a temporary local laws officer.  Contact Marc Stone: 0406 037 925 for more information.

For more information on any of these positions please go to

  1. Message from Louise Dunn, Swinburne University

Dear colleagues,

I would like to thank the environmental health practice community for the overwhelming response to my request for practitioners to support the unit Becoming an Environmental Health Professional, in the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health Practice at Swinburne. I received over 120 responses.

From this response, I will be in contact with 20 practitioners directly over the next week with further details regarding this activity.

For those who responded to my request for support, my apologies if I do not contact you directly in this round. However, your experience is highly valued! I aim to respond to your email directly over the next few months. Your support would be appreciated in future offerings of this unit and, if of interest to you, other activities planned to support students in the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health Practice.

One again, thank you to everyone who responded to my request. It has been immensely appreciated and a real highlight amongst a very challenging year!

Kind regards

Louise Dunn

Course Director, Graduate Diploma Environmental Health Practice

Discipline Lead, Senior Lecturer

Public and Environmental Health

School of Science 

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology,

Swinburne University of Technology

  1. Ray Goudey is retiring, a virtual farewell meetings has been organized:  

5August 2020 3.00 04.15 via Microsoft Teams details below.

Hello all,

This is a virtual meeting to join in recognising Ray’s career.  After a significant number of years within public service (qualifying as a Health Inspector in 1971) Ray is retiring, ironically a communicable disease restricts our ability to physically meet to celebrate Rays career as a public health professional.  We plan to have another event later when appropriate to meet up in person with Ray.


This invite has been sent to both EPA and past (external) colleagues,  please forward this invite to others you feel would like to attend and mark this occasion. (Sandra, would you be able to forward this to any of Ray’s DHHS colleagues you are aware would like to attend or add comments to a card)


This session will allow for attendees to view and speak to the ‘meeting room’ if using a computer, mobile or iPad device with a camera and audio ability.  Please use the virtual meeting links below to attend (for external attendees; ‘Teams’ has ‘guest attendee’ options if you don’t want to download software)


We are collating well wishes to add to a card for Ray, please email with anything you would like to add.


Ray is also happy to be contacted through his personal contact details 0428 365 253 if you would like to reach out to catch up personally.

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+61 2 8318 0010   Australia, Sydney (Toll)

Conference ID: 896 723 484#

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Kind Regards


Peter Curtis



  1. Notice of Annual General Meeting

Environmental Health Professionals Australia will hold it’s Annual general Meeting on 30 September 2020 at 3.00pm.  The meeting will be held by Zoom, a Zoom invitation to attend will be sent out shortly to all members.


  1. This weeks funny  story

This person wishes to remain anonymous.


He calls  it the ‘are you sure?’ story….


So, I inspected a café I’d never inspected before. A lovely French couple ran it. During the inspection it was obvious (at least to me) that she was pregnant.


I’ve never been wrong about it before, the bulging stomach, the lack of other bulging limbs to indicate it may have just been a long winter rather than pregnancy, a 2-3 year old child at the business (she could be pregnant again) so I said it…. “congratulations!”


“I’m not pregnant” she said


A quick calculation again in my head, a glance over her stomach and body, to me her stomach was obviously pregnant, was it her puffer jacket making giving some sort of distortion to her stomach, no it was a pregnant belly, but I couldn’t decipher the look on her face, was she joking? She must be, this is some sort of joke where she’ll say “I got you!” and we’ll both have a laugh


Half in disbelief that it must be a joke, half in the thought that I can’t turn back now, for some reason the next words that exited my mouth were … “are you sure?”


A confused yet somewhat defeated look came upon her face, as if to say she’s been here before, and she muttered “I just haven’t been able to lose the weight since having the baby, I’ve not had time for gym”.


She wasn’t joking, in horror all I could say was “I’m so sorry”… but it was only the beginning of the inspection, and to make matters worse they failed and I had to go back to follow up. They were good sports about it and there were no hard feelings, but needless to say I’ve not since wished any woman congratulations on her pregnancy, no matter how heavily pregnant she appears, unless she first tells me the good news!


That’s it for now, take care of each other and stay safe everyone.



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