Two firsts at La Trobe Bendigo

Bendigo hosts first ever environmental health symposium Environmental health professionals from across Victoria gathered today at La Trobe University for the first ever environmental health symposium in the state. 

Gillian Tattersal Around 140 environmental health professionals from across Victoria are attending the two-day symposium, which was facilitated by Environmental Health Australia, with principle sponsors La Trobe University, the Victorian Department of Health and the City of Greater Bendigo. The event is also supported by major sponsorship from M + K Lawyers, Castlemaine Maldon Tourism and Benalla Rural City Council.

Director of Health Sciences at La Trobe University, Bendigo campus, and Associate Professor, Dr Amanda Kenny said that this is a significant event for health professionals, with flow-on effects for local communities.

‘Professionals working in environmental health face many challenges, such as the introduction of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and changes to the Food Act 1984, amongst others,’ Dr Kenny said.

‘This professional development symposium allows participants to hear from an excellent range of keynote speakers and presenters about the latest trends and developments in the field.

‘Consequently, local communities benefit when the expert knowledge that environmental health officers gain from this forum is put into practice in areas such as food safety in restaurants, wastewater disposal in bushfire affected areas and water quality.’

Dr Kenny said she is particularly proud that the outgoing president of Environmental Health Australia today presented a certificate of accreditation to La Trobe University for the only postgraduate qualification in environmental health in the state of Victoria.

‘The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health will provide a pathway into work as an environmental health practitioner. Importantly, it will help to meet workforce shortages in this area.’

The two-day program includes workshops, presentations and displays, as well as the opportunity for environmental health practitioners to network and share their experiences with fellow professionals.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161