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AMRRIC attends National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health Conference

Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council Environmental Health Worker Steven Hill presents about the 2016 Cherbourg Animal Management Program with AMRRIC’s Project Officer Dr Bonny Cumming and Darling Downs Public Health Unit Senior Environmental Health Officer

NATSIEH – the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health conference is a biannual event that gathers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental health professionals from all over Australia. The conference provides these practitioners an encouraging space to refresh and develop networks, share knowledge and learn of innovative approaches. The 2017 conference emphasized this with the theme ‘Connecting environmental heath through partnerships – a grassroots approach’. Animal management is an important component of good environmental health and AMRRIC’s work aligns perfectly with the conference’s focus on showcasing environmental health projects occurring in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

The 11th NATSIEH Conference took place in Cairns in September 2017 and AMRRIC’s Program Manager, Project Officer and Education Officer were privileged to attend. This is a vital conference for AMRRIC to contribute to; the team hosted a stall at the event, displaying AMRRIC’s Education Resource Kits, DVDs, Ipad Application and various manuals that assist environmental health and animal control workers to undertake their work. With staff from Darling Downs Public Health Unit and Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council, AMRRIC Project Officer Dr Bonny Cumming also presented on the collaboratively developed and implemented 2016 Cherbourg Animal Management Program. A field trip to Yarrabah was a particular highlight, where the 170 delegates were kindly welcomed by King Jabaab and Mayor Ross Andrews, before being entertained by Yarrabah Cultural Dance Group.

Over the four days of the conference, the AMRRIC team were thrilled to put faces to names, make new networks and catch up with interstate colleagues. Learning of the array of innovative, community-driven environmental health projects occurring in communities across the country was extremely heartening. Given the remote nature of the majority of AMRRIC’s work, having the opportunity to have face to face conversations with so many of AMRRIC’s stakeholders is invaluable.

AMRRIC would like to congratulate and thank the NATSIEH organisers for arranging such a successful and important event and we look forward to the next in 2019

For more information on the 11th NATSIEH conference, please visit: http://natsieh.com.au/


 

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