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38th National Environmental Health Australia (EHA) conference
The 38th national Environmental Health Australia (EHA) and the 67th annual state conference Environmental Health Australia (Western Australia) Incorporated will incorporate World Environmental Health Day. Pre conference workshops are planned for Monday 23 September 2013 and a half day post conference workshop on Friday 27 September 2013.
- Akram Azimi - Young Australian of the Year 2013, Akram uses his leadership and pastoral skills to help young people in remote and rural Western Australia. In 2011 he co-founded a student-run initiative I am the other set up to raise awareness about Indigenous issues in universities. His philanthropic roles have included working with True Blue Dreaming, which helps disadvantaged remote Indigenous communities. For three years, Akram mentored young Indigenous people in the Looma community in the Kimberley region, and he has mentored primary school students in the small farming community of Wyalkatchem, in WA's wheat belt. Akram is also mentoring a Special Olympics athlete to help raise community awareness of disability issues
- William Henry "Harry" Butler AO CBE - an Australian naturalist and environmental consultant. He is a populariser of science and natural history for both child and adult audiences and, as conservation consultant to the Barrow Island oilfield and many other projects, has played a major role in environmental conservation and restoration in Australia. He presented the popular ABC television series In the Wild. He also authored the books In The Wild, In the Wild (Part II) and Looking at the Wild.
Miranda Poynton and Millie Harford-Mills from the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet presented at this conference. The purpose of their presentation was to familiarise delegates with the HealthInfoNet's dedicated portal for Indigenous environmental health practitioners, as well as with the general features of the HealthInfoNet website.
Delegates expressed particular interest in the HealthInfoNet's:
- Indigenous environmental health bibliography
- statistical summaries of Indigenous health topics, including the Overview of Australian Indigenous health status
- downloadable powerpoint slides summarising the contents of the Overview
- bibliography of Indigenous-specific health promotion resources, including those related to nutrition and environmental health.
The HealthInfoNet presented as part of a session specifically about environmental health as it relates to Indigenous communities. The other presenters in the session were:
- Dr Christina Pollard, on the subject of food accessibility, 'food stress' and Indigenous communities
- Mark Chadwick, on the subject of Indigenous environmental health initiatives within the City of Greater Geraldton.
The 2013 national Environmental Health Australia (EHA) conference in Perth was well attended, attracting about 350 delegates from Western Australia, interstate and overseas. The EHA is a sponsor of the forthcoming National and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (NATSIEH) conference in Adelaide in November 2013.
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