Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth)

The Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) advises the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) on environmental health policy. It brings together expertise from Australian, state and territory health departments and research councils, and their New Zealand counterparts.


The Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) provides the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) with advice on environmental factors affecting health. 

It brings together:  

The committee works to: 

  • provide environmental health policy advice  

  • consult with key stakeholders 

  • provide environmental health expertise and support for AHPPC’s emergency management role 

  • develop and coordinate research, information and resources on environmental health matters at a national level. 

The committee works with Australian local government associations, professional bodies, universities and non-government organisations. 

Terms of reference


enHealth guidance

This collection contains publications from the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth).




Dr Chris Lease (Chair) 

Executive Director, Health Protection and Licensing Services, SA Health

Dr Michael Lindsay (Deputy Chair)

Executive Director, Environmental Health Directorate, WA Department of Health

Dr Miranda Harris  

Public Health Physician, Population Health Division, ACT Health Directorate

Stephen Bouwhuis 

Acting First Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Protection, Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care 

Dr Paul Byleveld

Assistant Director, NSW Health Protection Water Unit, NSW Department of Health

Tracy Ward 

Environmental Health Director, Public Health Directorate, NT Department of Health 

John Piispanen 

Executive Director, Health Protection and Regulation Branch, Queensland Health 

Paul Hunt 

Environmental Health Director, Public Health Services, TAS Department of Health

Dr Kristal Jackson 

Acting Director, Environmental Health, National Health and Medical Research Council 

Sally Gilbert 

Environmental Health Manager, National Public Health Service, Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, New Zealand

Prof Mark Taylor

Chief Environmental Scientist, EPA Victoria, Heads of EPA Australia and New Zealand

Dr Katie Panaretto

Public Health Physician, Queensland Health, Office of First Nations Health

Dr Gary Lum

Principal Medical Advisor, Chief Medical Officer Group


Danny Csutoros

Acting Deputy Chief Health Officer, Environment, VIC Department of Health

Related committees and groups

The enHealth standing committee reports to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). 

enHealth delivers its work plan with the support of multiple expert reference panels: 

  • Expert Reference Panel on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health 

  • Expert Reference Panel on Environmental Health 

  • Water Quality Expert Reference Panel 

  • Radiation Health Expert Reference Panel. 

Learn more about the expert reference panels in the enHealth Strategic Plan 2020–2023.

enHealth secretariat

Contact the secretariat for the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) for further information on the committee or previous meeting minutes and agendas.
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