Environmental Health Practitioner Manual: A resource manual for Environmental Health Practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

This manual is designed as a field reference for Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) engaging with and working in remote Indigenous communities.

Page last updated: January 2011

Health authorities recognise that many diseases experienced by Indigenous people are directly linked to poor environmental health conditions in their communities. If the overall health levels of Indigenous people are to improve, the environmental health and general living conditions that currently exist in many communities must be raised to a satisfactory standard.

It is only by keeping people, homes and communities clean, hygienic and safe that the health of community members will be significantly improved. It is considered that this manual will assist EHPs in their community environmental health work.

In this manual, EHPs are encouraged to make full use of local and regional environmental health technical expertise and specific information sources relating to community education and program management. This network includes Environmental Health Officers (EHOs), Environmental Health Supervisors, other Environmental Health Workers and Indigenous Environmental Health Practitioner training and education staff.

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