CIEH Wales counting down the days till start of annual conference

We’re just under a month away till CIEH Wales’s annual conference and the team is promising that this year’s event is going to be the best one yet.  

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Delegates at last year's CIEH Wales Conference 

The ‘Public Health: Sustaining Communities’ Conference is being organised by the CIEH Wales team and is a two-day event taking place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April 2016. 

Now in its tenth year, the standout session at this year’s conference will be the ‘Public Health Question Time’. Chaired by BBC News reporter, Sian Lloyd, the question time session will bring together representatives from the six leading political parties in Wales to be grilled about the future of environmental and public health and of local government in Wales.  

Julie Barratt is welcoming CIEH members, EHPs and other practitioners to submit their questions for the politicians before the conference so that the debate captures as many people as possible.

This year’s conference will be opened by the CIEH’s new Chief Executive, Anne Godfrey, and other high-profile speakers also on the bill include Dr Ruth Hussey OBE, former Chief Medical Officer, and Jane Davidson, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor and Director of INSPIRE, University of Wales.

Dr Hussey will deliver the Brynley Jones Memorial Lecture and Jane Davidson, a former Minister, will talk about her experience developing the ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

This Act was recognised by the World Health Organisation as ground breaking in its ambition and scope and requires bodies ensure the needs of people now are met without compromising the ability of future generations.

Other topics that will be debated across the two days include food fraud and infectious disease and food poisoning mapping, multi-agency working, mental health and noise.

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Julie Barratt, Director of CIEH Wales, said: “These are interesting times in Wales. There will be big changes to Local authorities after the May election, the Public Health (Wales) Bill recently fell at the last hurdle and the impact of cuts to budgets continue to be felt.

“Environmental health practitioners, working across different sectors and industries, provide a vital service by improving health, supporting communities and enabling business growth. This conference will not only help educate and share best practice but also empower the environmental health profession to clearly demonstrate to their stakeholders the crucial and vital nature of the work they do.”

EHPs can submit their questions to the Question Time panel, via Julie Barratt (j.barratt@cieh.org) by 15 April 2016.

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