15th WCEH 2018

Programme Overview

 Monday 19 March 2018

International Federation of Environmental Health Meeting Day

New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health National Council Meeting – all day 

IFEH Faculty Forum Meeting – all day (TBC)    

Tuesday 20 March 2018

0900 – 1730

Registration & Information Desk open    

0930 - 1000    

 Morning Tea    

1000 – 1115






1115 – 1200

Congress Welcome and Opening

Welcome Maori Powhiri    

Welcome from NZIEH President, Darryl Thompson

Welcome from IFEH President, Peter Archer

Official Opening from the New Zealand Associate Minister of Health - TBC


Keynote Address

Steve Maharey, Independent director, commentator and consultant, former Senior Cabinet Minister, New Zealand

1200 – 1215

Group Photograph

1215 - 1315





Environmental health in the South Pacific – environmental management    

1315 - 1400

Human health impacts of climate change in New Zealand
Professor Alistair Woodward, Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Auckland, New Zealand    

1400 – 1445

Predicting recreational water quality at Auckland’s beaches
Dr Martin Neal, MartinJenkins, Auckland, New Zealand   

1445 - 1515

Afternoon Tea

1515 - 1700







Natural Disasters

Poster Session


1515 - 1545

Environmental health in emergency medical teams
Charles Blanch, Director, Emergency Management, Ministry of Health, New Zealand    


Environment Air Quality and Health
Prof Susana Paixao, Instituto Politécnico De Coimbra, Estesc – Coimbra Health School, Saúde Ambiental, Portugal    

1545 - 1615

Overview of the Auckland volcanic field and likely impacts

Carol Stewart, International Volcanic Health Hazard Network, New Zealand 


Exposure to CO and health risk amongst filling station attendants

Prof Godson Ana, Environmental Health Scientists Association, Nigeria

1615 - 1645




Municipal solid waste management in Malaysia
Dr Ling Song Kai, Sibu Education Office, Malaysia

1645 – 1700

Questions & Answers


Questions & Answers

1700 - 1730


1730 - 1900

Welcome Reception    

Wednesday 21 March 2018




Environmental Health in the South Pacific – Public Health, Food Safety and Biosecurity

0900 – 0945

The changing face of disease in the Pacific

Mark Jacobs, Ministry of Health, New Zealand    

0945 – 1030

Global Health – implications for Environmental Health

Natasha Murray, Principal Advisor (Public Health), Ministry of Health, New Zealand   

1030 - 1100

Morning Tea and Poster viewing

1100 – 1145

When things go wrong – managing the issues

David Yard, Senior Response Manager, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand

1145 - 1230

Food safety in New Zealand – an overview

Sally Johnston, Manager Food and Beverage, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand

1230 - 1330


1330 - 1700





Field Trip 1


Food Safety

 Public Health

Natural Disasters in New Zealand

  1330 - 1400

Improving Food Safety Outcomes
Belinda Davies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia    

Ebola in Sierra Leone: A Journey as an EHO
Harold Figuero, Metro South Public Health Unit, Australia    


1400 - 1430

Sous Vide pasteurisation of eggs: a simple method to produce eggs free from Salmonella contaminationDr Harriet Whiley, Flinders University, Australia

Gold Mining and acute respiratory infections in children – a retrospective cohort study in Fiji

Saula Matakarawa, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

1430 - 1500

Formal education of future food handlers – capacity to handle food safety issues

Dr Andrej Ovca, University Of Ljubljana, Slovenia    

Drinking water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion health interventions in two slum communities in Uganda

Dr David Musoke, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda    

1500 - 1530

Afternoon Tea and Poster viewing

1530 - 1600

The role of local authorities, food handler and community in food premises management in urban country

Mr Khairil Anuar Mohamed, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council, Malaysia    



1600 - 1630

Food Safe: A Quality Assurance Framework for Food Safety Regulatory activities by Auckland Council

Mitesh Mudaliar,Environmental Health Unit, Licensing & Regulatory Compliance, Auckland Council, New Zealand   


Meta analysis of effects of atmospheric pollution


Dr Andreja Kukec, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


1630 – 1700

Going mobile: Gaining efficiencies in the public sector

Veronica Lee-Thompson, Auckland Council, New Zealand

Use of Geographical Information Systems for mosquito surveillance

Brian Rae and Michael Prior, Auckland International Airport, New Zealand



Thursday 22 March 2018




Environmental health in the South Pacific – the built environment and human behaviour    

0900 – 0945

Improving health through the built environment

Professor Michael Baker, Otago School of Medicine, New Zealand    


 0945 – 1030

Manufacture of illicit drugs in New Zealand

Miles Stratford, Meth Solutions, New Zealand     


1030 - 1100

Morning Tea and Poster viewing


1100 – 1130



1130 - 1200

New Zealand, asbestos and no 8 wire mentality

Graham Aveyard, Auckland Council, New Zealand    


1200 - 1230

Environmental health professionals – lone worker safety and situational awareness
Doug Scott, Environmental Health Manager South Taranaki District Council, New Zealand    


1230 - 1330

Lunch and Poster viewing


1330 - 1700





Field Trip 2


Built Environment – Housing, Noise and Methamphetamine

 Environmental Health

Food Safety

1330 - 1400

Mould and damp    

Future roles of Environmental Health

Andrew Mathieson, EHA, Australia


1400 - 1430

Pest management

Reflective practice and its importance to Environmental Health


1430 - 1500

Holistic mastering the problems related to inadequate room acoustics in day-care centres

Dr Mateja Dovjak, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, Slovenia    

Dragonfly nymphs as potential biological control against mosquito larvae

Dr Siti Nurhafizah Saleeza Ramlee, Cyberjaya College University of Medical Services, Malaysia

1500 - 1530

Afternoon Tea and Poster viewing 

1530 - 1600

Managing ‘P’ - the New Zealand Standard

Raaj Govinda, Manager, Environmental Health, Hutt City, New Zealand

Tech session with our Partners

1600 - 1630

Impact on Councils

Darryl Thompson, Environmental Health Specialist, Auckland Council, New Zealand    

1630 – 1700

Issues – housing, insurance

1930 – till late

IFEH Presidents Banquet


Friday 23 March 2018




Environmental health in the South Pacific – looking to the future       

0900 – 0945

Public and Environmental Health History – a novel approach to comprehensive review and promotion

Sara Tajnikar, Institute of Public and Environmental Health, Slovenia    


0945 – 1030

Continuing competence in the dynamic environmental health profession

Belinda Davies, Queensland University of Technology, Australia    


1030 - 1100

Morning Tea and Poster viewing


1100 – 1130

Healthy Tonga Environments Project Capacity Building Health Inspectors in Tonga

Malcom Walker, Hew Consultants Ltd, New Zealand    


1130 - 1200

What can be achieved through a twinning programme

Amanda Hutchings, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, Australia


1200 - 1230

Social determinants of health: Showcasing environmental health intervention best practices - City of Cape Town: a case study

Dr Andile Zimba, Area Manager Health; City Health Department, City of Cape Town, South Africa


1230 - 1245

Congress Close

Darryl Thompson, President NZIEH

Peter Archer, outgoing IFEH President

Selva Mudaly, incoming IFEH President


1330 - 1700

 Field Trip 3 - Water and Waste

*Programme subject to change