Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth)

The Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) is a standing committee of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

Page last updated: 29 September 2021

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Under its Terms of Reference, enHealth is responsible for providing agreed environmental health policy advice, consultation with key stakeholders, and the development and coordination of research, information and practical resources on environmental health matters at a national level. The development of national advice by enHealth is based on significant collaboration and consultation with federal and state and territory agencies, departments and organisations that deal with environmental health matters.

The enHealth membership includes representatives from:

  • Commonwealth, state and territory health departments;
  • National Health and Medical Research Council;
  • New Zealand Ministry of Health; and
  • Heads of Environment Protection Authority Australia and New Zealand (HEPA).

enHealth achieves its objectives through regular engagement with other government departments and agencies. The committee also works with Australian local government associations, professional bodies, universities and non-government organisations.

The terms of reference further outline the role of enHealth:

enHealth Strategic Plan and Work Plan

enHealth’s Strategic Plan sets out the strategic priorities of enHealth for the period 2020 to 2023. This document should be read in conjunction with the enHealth Work Plan, which sets out the plan of action to achieve these priorities.

The intended audience for this plan is enHealth, the AHPPC, Australian Government personnel, state and territory health authorities, and other stakeholders.

Membership

Chair / South Australia
Dr Chris Lease – Health Regulation and Protection, SA Health

Deputy Chair / Victoria
Dr Angie Bone, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Environment), Health Protection Branch, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria

Australian Capital Territory
Dr Sally Singleton - Public Health Physician, Health Protection Services, ACT Health

Commonwealth
Ms Lara Purdy, Assistant Secretary, Environmental Health and Health Protection Policy Branch, Australian Government Department of Health

New South Wales
Dr Richard Broome – Director, Environmental Health Branch, NSW Health

Northern Territory
Ms Tracy Ward – Acting Director, Environmental Health, Public Health Directorate, NT Department of Health

Queensland
Mr John Piispanen – Executive Director, Health Protection Branch, Queensland Health

Tasmania
Mr Paul Hunt – State Manager, Environmental Health Services, Public Health Services, TAS Department of Health

Western Australia
Dr Michael Lindsay – Acting Executive Director, Environmental Health Directorate, WA Department of Health

National Health and Medical Research Council
Ms Jennifer Savenake, Director, Public Health, National Health and Medical Research Council

New Zealand
Ms Sally Gilbert, Manager, Environmental and Border Health, Public Health, Population Health and Prevention, Ministry of Health

Observing representative

Heads of Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Australia and New Zealand (HEPA)
Prof Mark Taylor, Chief Environmental Scientist/Executive Director, Environment Protection Authority, Victoria

Expert Reference Panels

enHealth delivers its work plan with the support of multiple expert reference panels:

  • Expert Reference Panel on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Environmental Health (ERPATSIEH);
  • Expert Reference Panel on Environmental Health (ERPEH);
  • Water Quality Expert Reference Panel (WQERP); and
  • Radiation Health Expert Reference Panel (RHERP).

The Terms of Reference for these Expert Reference Panels are outlined in the enHealth Strategic Plan 2020-2023.