Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups

As Their name suggests, Special Interest Groups (or SIG's as they are commonly referred to) cater for the needs of EHO's and other practitioners who require dialogue on specialised topics, often with more detail. Attendees tend to be representatives of organisations that have a specific need for detailed topic information and wish to ensure that their staff are as informed and up to date as possible.

SIG's openly encourage dialogue and the sharing of experiences and information thus resulting in a more informed and confident professional body. In many cases meetings are supplemented by presentations from subject matter experts and even site visits. Additionally, SIG's groups are regularly used by agencies seeking consultation on new products as they recognise the pool of knowledge present

Meeting frequency, timing and duration are purely up to members with most SIG's meeting every second or third month. In many cases SIG organisers collaborate, holding multiple meetings on a single day and thus assisting regional members to minimise travel time to and from venues.

These groups are run by members and are free for any member of EHASA to attend. They are a wonderful way to increase professional knowledge and skills whilst forming supportive relationships within the Environmental Health and associated professions.

For more information on the meeting times/locations and topics discussed by SIG's, please see the information below or contact the SIG convenors.

Food Special Interest Group

The Food Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of professionals from State and Local Government who meet to discuss matters relating to the Food Act in South Australia. The objectives of the Food SIG are to provide a focal point for discussion and action on matters relating to the Act; provide an avenue for networking, advocacy and collaboration with other State and Local government professionals working under the Act; development educational tools and strategies for the public as well as Environmental Health Officers; and work in collaboration with Environmental Health Australia to keep members informed and up to date with industry developments.

Meetings are held every two months - Click here to view the 2017 meeting calendar

Public Health Special Interest Group

The Public Health Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of professionals from State and Local Government who meet to discuss matters relating to the Public Health Act in South Australia. The objectives of the Public Health SIG are to provide a focal point for discussion and action on matters to the Act; provide an avenue for networking, advocacy and collaboration with other State and Local government professionals working under the Act; develop education tools and strategies for the public as weel as Environmental Health officers; and work in collaboration with Environmental Health Australia to keep members informed and up date with industry developments.

Meetings are held every two months - Click here to view the 2017 meeting calendar

Waste Water Special Interest Group

Members of the Waste Water SIG meet to discuss matters relating to the administration of legislation governing the design, approval, installation and operation of wastewater systems in South Australia.

The Waste Water SIG aims to provide a forum in which members are able to increase their understanding and skills in the area of wastewater management whilst networking with other professionals. Field visits to better understand the make-up of new or innovative schemes will be incorporated where opportunities become available.

The introduction of new wastewater regulations and associated codes (2011-2013) will bring new responsibilities and challenges to councils and plumbing contractors. Hence it will be advantageous for EHOs of all jurisdictions to attend.

Meetings will be held every two months - Click here to view the 2017 meeting calendar

Supported Residential Facilities Special Interest Group

Supported Residential Facilities (SRF's) are accommodation services licenced by local government authorities to provide accommodation and personal care to residents. SRF residents may have some form of disability or may simply require assistance on a day-to-day basis. The SRF sector is unique in South Australia and some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community are housed in this type of accommodation.

SRF Accommodation types include:-

  • Pension Only Facilities- up to 79% of government payments are paid to the facility to accommodate residents
  • Dual Licence Facilities - accredited under Nursing Home and Retirement Villages Act as well as the SRF Act

The SRF SIG will generally meet every second month. It has a relatively small membership of committed professionals that seek to foster and open, welcoming forum that will maintain

  • Regulatory consistency
  • Interactive professional networks/relationships
  • State Government engagement and support

LEGISLATION AND USEFUL REFERENCES

  • Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992
  • Supported Residential Facilities Regulations 2009
  • The SRF Guidelines and Standards (Green Book) 3rd Edition July 2011
  • Somewhere to call home: supported residential facilities: the sector, it's clientele and its future

The SIG welcomes enquiries from members to attend and participate in meetings and professional development seminars. For further information about the SIG please contact:- Deb Harding - dharding@charlessturt.sa.gov.au

Meetings are held every two months - Click here to view the 2017 meeting calendar

Managers Forum

The Environmental Health Managers Forum was developed to be a representative forum and to provide leadership and support for Environmental Health Managers and Supervisors representing Local Government and other agencies involved with and undertaking work in the field of Environmental Health, Public Health and Environment Protection.

The challenges and complexities in the field of Environmental Health are constantly increasing and this forum will provide a mechanism for Managers and Supervisors to:

  • discuss and provide input and comment on the broader strategic implications of legislative and policy changes involving Environmental Health, Public Health and Environment Protection.
  • promote Environmental Health and the important role our members undertake in Local Government and related organisations.
  • establish strategic alliances with other professional managers groups.
  • represent South Australian Environmental Health Managers in Environmental Health Australia, thus providing further networking on issues / best practice in Australia and overseas.
  • communicate Environmental Health management issues and strategies to the South Australian Branch of Environmental Health Australia.

The forum will aim to have a minimum of four (4) meetings per annum or as required.