Contact NZIEH Inc.
PO Box 581, Invercargill 9840.
Introducing the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health.The Institute is the peak non-governmental environmental health organisation in New Zealand.
It is a professional body that represents those engaged in the environment and health protection fields.Members are drawn primarily drawn from professionals working in District Health Boards and central and local government. Other members work in the armed forces and in private industry.Member are affiliated to one of nine local centres.
The affairs of the Institute are governed by regionally elected National Councillors, a vice-president, president and executive director through its members the Institute is actively involved in promoting an awareness of current and emerging environmental health issues.It is also involved in providing submissions to government proposals and is represented on a number of policy and standards committees.The Institute publishes the Environment & Public Health journal four times a year to keep those interested in the field of environmental health abreast of current research and developments.
The Institute has a long and proud heritage, being founded in 1920. It is a member of the International Federation of Environmental Health.
Professional communication is important and the New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health encourages local and regional meetings and provides an annual conference covering a wide range of topical issues and both members and non-members may attend.
The NZIEH Conference is held each year in February or March and is usually three days duration. The conference also includes the Institute’s Annual General Meeting. The conference is held in different locations around New Zealand with recent conferences held in Palmerston North; Taupo and Wellington. Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin have also hosted successful NZIEH Conferences.
Environmental Health in Disaster and Humanitarian Settings
1-4 September 2014
University of Canterbury
New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health ran a very successful course on Environmental Health in Disaster and Humanitarian Settings at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
The four day course was run in association with the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH), US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC),Griffith University Humanitarian and Disaster Initiative, (Australia), and the University of Canterbury.
Thirty two Environmental health and disaster professionals from across New Zealand attended the course led by Tim Hatch, Planning and Logistics Director, Centre forEmergency Preparedness, Alabama Department of Public Health, on behalf of the US-CDC. The course identified the critical role that planning and response plays in mitigating environmental health risks from a disaster or during a humanitarian crisis, and the participant covered topics such as conducting assessments to identify and address key risks relating to drinking water, shelters, overcrowding, food safety, wastewater, disease-causing vectors, solid waste and hazardous materials.
Good environmental health management has a significant role in addressing the impact of disasters and is vital in reducing the amount of human suffering, loss of life and ill-health that may ensue. members of the Presentation Team: Chris Hewins (MPI), Sue Reynolds (Hamilton City Council), James Williams (Aspen Medical- Australia), Stephen Bell (NZIEH), Tim Hatch (Alabama Department of Public Health).