Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth)

The Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) is a standing committee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

Page last updated: 24 January 2014

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Under its Terms of Reference, enHealth is responsible for providing agreed environmental health policy advice, implementation of the National Environmental Health Strategy 2012-2015, consultation with key stakeholders, and the development and coordination of research, information and practical resources on environmental health matters at a national level. The development of national advice by enHealth is based on significant collaboration and consultation with Federal and state and territory agencies, departments and organisations that deal with environmental health matters.

The enHealth membership includes representatives from:

  • Commonwealth, State and Territory health departments;
  • New Zealand Ministry of Health; and
  • National Health and Medical Research Council.

enHealth achieves its objectives through regular engagement with other government departments and agencies including the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Accreditation Scheme, the Department of Environment and the Bureau of Meteorology. The committee also works with Australian local government associations, professional bodies, universities and non-government organisations such as Environmental Health Australia, Public Health Association of Australia and Choice.

enHealth Terms of Reference

enHealth is a standing committee that falls under the auspices of Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). AHPPC and enHealth work with reference to the National Environmental Health Strategy 2012-2015 to:

  1. Provide nationally agreed environmental health policy advice, based on the best available evidence and expertise, to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) through the AHPPC;
  2. Coordinate implementation of nationally agreed environmental health policies and approaches;
  3. Provide environmental health expertise and support for AHPPC’s emergency management role;
  4. Under arrangements to be agreed between AHMAC and the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) keep the AHPPC and AHMAC informed of developments in environmental policy with significant health implications and provide expert, and where nationally agreed, health advice in environmental policy forums;
  5. Consult with consumers and other stakeholders as appropriate in developing environmental health policy advice and implementing environmental health policies;
  6. Contribute, through the Commonwealth, to international collaboration on environmental health issues; and
  7. Coordinate research, share information and develop practical environmental health resources, including through expert and/or nationally agreed publications as guided by the AHPPC.
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Membership

Chair / Western Australia

  • Mr Jim Dodds – Director, Environmental Health Directorate, Western Australia Department of Health

Deputy Chair / Northern Territory

  • Mr Xavier Schobben – Director, Environmental Health, Northern Territory Department of Health

Australian Government Department of Health

  • Ms Andriana Koukari, Assistant Secretary Health Protection Policy Branch, Office of Health Protection, Department of Health

Australian Capital Territory

  • Ms Lyndell Hudson, Director Environmental Health, Health Protection Services, ACT Health

New South Wales

  • Prof Wayne Smith – Director, Environmental Health Branch, New South Wales Department of Health

Queensland

  • Ms Uma Rajappa – Director, Environmental Hazards, Health Protection Unit, Queensland Health

South Australia

  • Dr Chris Lease – Director, Health Protection, South Australian Department of Health

Tasmania

  • Mr Stuart Heggie – State Manager, Environmental Health, Public and Environmental Health Service, Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services

Victoria

  • Mr Graeme Gillespie, Manager, Environmental Health Unit, Victorian Department of Health

New Zealand

  • Ms Frances Graham, Senior Advisor, Public Health Clinical Leadership, Protection and Regulation, New Zealand Ministry of Health

National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Ms Samantha Robertson, Assistant Secretary Research Translation Group, National Health and Medical Research Council
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Environmental Health Workforce Working Group Terms of Reference

The Environmental Health Workforce Working Group, under the guidance of enHealth and with reference to both the National Environmental Health Strategy 2012-2015 and the National Environmental Workforce Action Plan, will:

  1. Contribute to national health workforce policy through the development of agreed advice to enHealth on the environmental health workforce.
  2. Work with the National Health Workforce Taskforce to ensure that environmental health workforce issues are considered within the broader health workforce reform agenda.
  3. Coordinate the implementation of nationally agreed environmental health workforce policies and approaches.
  4. Provide nationally agreed advice to enHealth on the roles and functions of the environmental health workforce and the core competencies required to fulfil these roles and functions.
  5. Collaborate with relevant Industry Skills Councils, Registered Training Organisations and appropriate bodies to develop flexible education pathways that will ensure an appropriately skilled environmental health workforce.
  6. Coordinate research, share information and develop practical environmental health workforce resources.

Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health

The Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health works under the guidance of enHealth and with reference to the National Environmental Health Strategy 2012-2015 to fulfil its terms of reference of:

  1. Advising enHealth on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health issues.
  2. Supporting the review and development of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health policy.
  3. Acting as a focal expert group for enHealth in promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health with relevant stakeholders.
  4. Providing input and direction into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health conference/workshops and other mainstream conferences relating to environmental health.

Technical Working Group on Environmental Health

The Technical Working Group on Environmental Health works under the direction of enHealth to fulfil its objectives, including:

  1. Providing technical guidance to enHealth and AHPPC on issues that concern the health effects of environmental issues.
  2. Conduct and oversee projects on environmental health issues with human health impacts.
  3. Liaise with relevant agencies and organisations to provide technical advice on a range of environmental health issues.
  4. Coordinate responses to enquiries about environmental health issues on behalf of enHealth and AHPPC.
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