Recommendations arising from the 7th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference, Kalgoorlie

  1. Investigate a proposed requirement that, in discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines require that safe water be provided to the tap of the consumer, not just to the boundary fence as currently required.
  2. Develop a generic national hygiene educational and promotion package for use by environmental health practitioners in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This should utilise parts of the national training package, TAFE resources, ‘Mister Germ’, Environmental Health for Aboriginal Communities – a training manual for environmental health workers (Western Australia) – aka ‘the black book’ - and hand washing campaigns.
  3. Consult with Food Standards Australia and New Zealand on the development of a culturally appropriate and effective national food safety educational and promotional package for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities translated into various Indigenous languages.
  4. The Working Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (WGATSIEH) will highlight the linkages between major projects by providing information on the enHealth website about the relationships between the projects and by providing links to the various publications. Projects to be included are: water management guidelines, the National Water Commission projects (e.g. the water resources kit), the National Indigenous Infrastructure Guide (NIIG), Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC) etc. Health[<em>]InfoNet[</em>] will be encouraged to provide similar information.
  5. WGATSIEH advocates that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health projects include an evaluation component.
  6. WGATSIEH gives its ongoing support for the formation of an association for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health practitioners.
  7. WGATSIEH will request clarification of the Council of Australian Governments’ National Partnership Agreements (NPAs) to:
    1. clearly establish where the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health funding is within the NPAs and how it can be accessed
    2. identify how the NPAs (or the environmental health parts of the NPAs) fit within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework
    3. ensure all programs identify their funding sources.
  8. Recommends to the Australian Health Protection Committee (AHPC) that it develops a strategy for ensuring that emergency management plans are developed for all discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  9. WGATSIEH will place enHealth strategic plans, enHealth annual work plans and associated reports on the enHealth website with a link to Health[<em>]InfoNet[</em>].