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EHPA News 18 September 2020

Friday 18, Sep 2020

In this issue:

  1. Presidents Message
  2. Employment Opportunities
  3. Annual General Meeting change of date
  4. Consultation on the exposure draft of the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020
  5. Addressing the rise of allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia – Parliamentary Report
  1. Presidents Message

I hope this message finds you well. On behalf of the EHPA Board, our thoughts are with you and hope you are feeling valued and connected. Through these challenging times, it has been great to see some recognition for some of the work Environmental Health Officers are doing, particularly where it’s most needed at a local community level. The Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews, and the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Prof. Brett Sutton, have both mentioned EHO’s working in Local Government last week during press conferences in relation to local responses undertaking contact tracing and in respect to allowing beauty premises to re-open during the third step of the roadmap to re-opening.

I encourage you to check out these links regarding the contact tracing work undertaken by the Environmental Health team at Wyndham City Council in an article by The Age and story on channel 7 news

I was also very humbled to be featured in an article through the local newspaper, Surf Coast Times. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to promote the profession and the dedicated work of the Environmental Health team at Surf Coast.  

I am very pleased to announce the launch of EHPA’s new website and member’s online hub next week. The new online website will make it easier to manage your details, track your professional development activity, attend events and meetings, and participate in online group discussions. It will also help our awesome COP and SIG Facilitators organise meetings, manage documents and distribute papers.

As you would appreciate, IT projects are never easy and require a huge amount of work which would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of our amazing Executive Officer, so a massive thank you to Bernadet!

Bernadet will be shortly providing further details and training for our facilitators.

Stay safe and well.

Adam Lee | National President | Environmental Health Professionals Australia Limited

  1. Employment Opportunities

Gannawarra Shire Council – Environmental Health Coordinator

City of Greater Shepparton – Environmental Health Officer

City of Melton – Environmental Health Officer

Hays – Environmental Health Officers

For more information on any of these positions please go to www.ehpa.org.au/jobs

  1. Annual General Meeting – change of date

Due to forces beyond our control, we have postponed the date of the AGM until 14 October 2020, the time will remain the same starting at 3.00pm.

  1. Consultation on the exposure draft of the Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020

(Please note the EHPA Public Health & Wellbeing SIG will be putting together feedback on the draft.   Please contact Leo Manca, leo.manca@boroondara or Clare Potten, cpotten@moreland.vic.gov.au  to have your comments included in our submission).

Dear Stakeholder

We are pleased to advise that the exposure draft of the proposed Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2020 is now available for public consultation.

The current Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations 2009 are due to sunset on 14 December 2020 and new regulations must be in place before then.

Under the regulations, certain types of commercial accommodation (hotels and motels, student dormitories, hostels, holiday camps, rooming houses and certain forms of residential accommodation) are regulated as ‘prescribed accommodation’. Prescribed accommodation providers are required to meet hygiene, maintenance and other standards and requirements intended to minimise public health risk that may arise from shared use of facilities, high turnover of occupants and/or overcrowding.

The preferred proposal identified in the regulatory impact statement (RIS) accompanying the exposure draft regulations is to remake the current regulations substantially unchanged at this time, with amendments that are minor and technical. This would allow a number of cross-portfolio reviews interfacing with prescribed accommodation, to be completed and for the Department of Health and Human Services to consider the outcomes of the reviews and any necessary changes to the regulations after that.

The proposed regulations and RIS are available on the department’s website: www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/public-health-wellbeing-act-regulations/proposed-public-health-and-wellbeing-prescribed-accommodation-regulations-2020. As a key stakeholder, we welcome your feedback by email at phwr2020@dhhs.vic.gov.au by 15 October 2020 at 11.59pm.

If alternatively, you wish to discuss any aspects of the proposed regulations, or the RIS, please contact the review team by emailing phwr2020@dhhs.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 965 255. 

We would like to take the opportunity to thank stakeholders for their contributions to date, regarding the regulations. We would welcome any further input you might wish to provide including regarding the proposed regulations.

Yours sincerely,

Gabrielle Davis

Public Health and Wellbeing (Prescribed Accommodation) Regulations Project Team

Regulatory Practice Improvement, Regulation Reform and Practice, Regulation, Health Protection and Emergency Management

Department of Health and Human Services

  1. Addressing the rise of allergies and anaphylaxis in Australia – Parliamentary Report

The document “Walking the tightrope”can be downloaded here which may be of interest to members, our thanks go to Katerina  Sioulas, from Whitehorse City Council for providing this document.

              That’s it for now, stay safe and have a good weekend

Regards

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

E:  Bernadet.ferraro@ehpa.org.au