The Environmental Health Committee (enHealth) of the Australian Health Protection Committee (AHPC) and the enHealth Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (WGATSIEH) are pleased to present the proceedings of the 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference, held in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia between 12-14 May 2009. enHealth and WGATSIEH acknowledge the Wongatha People, the traditional owners of this region visited by all conference delegates.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference Organising Group; Adam Druce, CMS Conference Manager; Kalgoorlie-Boulder Council and Western Australia Department of Health for their marvelous support in helping to organise this conference. A key role of WGATSIEH is to organise each national conference and provide feedback and make recommendations to enHealth and other key stakeholders on national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health policies and associated environmental health issues.

The enHealth National Environmental Health Strategy 2007-2012 identifies key national environmental health issues and provides the framework for the important work to be undertaken by its sub- committees, including WGATSIEH. The annual enHealth Workplan details the projects to be undertaken by WGATSIEH, most of which arise from recommendations made at these national biennial conferences. The recommendations arising from this Kalgoorlie Conference are on the next page and will be included in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 enHealth workplans.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health is a major ongoing challenge. The environment too in which we work, live and play is constantly changing. So this conference continued to showcase the tremendous responses by environmental health practitioners to these ongoing changes and challenges to achieve better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The presentations in this monograph highlight new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health programs and initiatives targeting improved Indigenous housing and infrastructure; environmental health education, training and workforce development; partnerships and community engagement; food safety and nutrition; hygiene and sanitation; water and waste management; animal control; and climate change.

enhealth and WGATSIEH would like to thank all of the conference sponsors, as this successful conference would not have been possible without their ongoing support and contributions. We would also like to thank the presenters for contributing to such an exciting program and for highlighting the many positive actions occurring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Finally, thank you to the conference delegates for attending.

You are all urged to continue working together to achieve better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in a changing environment.

Kevin Buckett
Chair enHealth

Xavier Schobben
Chair
enHealth Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health