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Training Environmental Health Workers to deliver dog health education in schools

Last week AMRRIC Education Officer Melissa Pepper travelled to the Torres Strait to provide training to Torres Strait Islands Regional Council (TSIRC) Environmental Health Workers (EHWs) in the delivery of school based dog health education.

As part of their role, EHWs in remote communities are responsible for animal management which involves raising awareness of environmental, human and animal health links. 

AMRRIC’s education officers have developed resource kits specifically for EHWs. The kits provide EHWs with the material resources needed to deliver 4 dog health lessons in the classroom. The lessons drawn from AMRRIC’s Be a Friend to Your Dog learning units focus on what dogs need to keep them healthy, dog feelings and staying safe around dogs, germ theory and personal hygiene around dogs, and healthy foods for dogs and people. Each of the EHWs received training in the use of these resource kits and were able to experience first-hand how the kit’s resources are applied in the classroom at Mabuiag, Erub and Badu Island Schools.

The training was well received by both the EHWs and participating schools. Thanks to funding from Four Paws and Queensland Health, each EHW will received an AMRRIC Education Resource Kit to allow them to deliver the lessons in their own communities.  

We would also like to thank Torres Strait Island Regional Council management for strong support of the program and all the EHW's for their participation, Erica Kris, Conwell Tabua, Mika David, Crossfield Manuel, Susannah Mosby, Zitha Mosby, Moses Kudub, Bert Matysek, Ellafaye Hosea, Normea SeeKee and Stephen Amber.


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