Congratulations to the organisers of the National Environmental Health Conference held in Hobart at the beginning of November. Around 160 delegates heard presentations from experts in their field from the United States and Australia over a broad range of subjects.
The conference organisers did a terrific job in developing an engaging and diverse program with high calibre and interesting speakers. Particular highlights included the presentations delivered by Walker Smith from the United States EPA and David Dyjack from the United States National Environmental Health Association about the projects they’ve overseen and their visions and perceptions of the environmental health profession.
The EPA Board was a proud sponsor of the National Conference. EPA Tasmania staff Liz Canning, John Innis, Jos Phillips, Inger Visby and Jason Whitehead spoke on their fields of expertise: in particular, contaminated sites management, air quality monitoring, lessons learned from the Burn Brighter this Winter program and the Derwent Estuary Program, respectively. EPA Director and Deputy Secretary Wes Ford was a panellist with his colleagues from the United States and the United Kingdom discussing the importance of environmental health.
The conference provided an excellent opportunity for EPA staff, public health staff, local government environmental health officers and academics to learn more about the wide range of environmental health issues from the presenters and mix with their counterparts from interstate and overseas.
The lessons learned and connections made will strengthen the relationships between all stakeholders in the environmental health and management sector in Tasmania, across Australia and beyond.