Our Year Book
Our Year Book provides an opportunity to showcase the work the Environmental Health Directorate does for the people of Western Australia.
Environmental Health is an area of public health that many people sometimes overlook, perhaps take for granted, or forget that a team of professionals within state and local government work hard to maintain.
What is environmental health?
The World Health Organisation has defined environmental health as:
“…those aspects of human health, including quality of life, that are determined by physical, chemical, biological, social, and psychological factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing, correcting, controlling, and preventing those factors in the environment that can potentially affect adversely the health of present and future generations”.
The role of the Environmental Health Directorate
The Environmental Health Directorate employs approximately 100 staff, including Environmental Health Officers, Toxicologists, Environmental Scientists, Food Technicians, Policy Officers, Entomologists, Nutritionists, Physicists, Administration Officers and Record Services.Our Purpose
is to lead in the management of environmental public health risks.
is healthy people in a healthy environment.
Our Guiding Values include:
Integrity: consistently applying moral and principled behaviour which reflects trust and honesty
Leadership: providing vision and purpose in environmental health through inspiration, dedication and initiative
Excellence: being innovative, creative and responsive in the way we think, act and learn, and meeting and overcoming challenges to expand capabilities to achieve quality outcomes and success
Fairness: acting without bias and behaving in a way that leads to equitable outcomes;
Cooperation: constructively thinking, working and learning together, by valuing the uniqueness of each individual, by supporting each other and by being capable of uniting cohesively as a group and community and
Service: commitment to environmental health through responsive actions and management of time, resources, and expertise
The Environmental Health Directorate is divided into five Units who coordinate a number of programs and services. These include the:
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