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IEH Training Model

  • 13 May 2014

    Hi mob members,
    This is some information about the Certificate III in Indigenous Environmental Health.
    The Kimberley Training Institute has moved the Certificate III that they offer under the Rural and remote training programme. This means that agencies providing services to rural and remote communities can send students to this course without paying for the course fees. This does not cover travel costs however, and the course has 2 x 2 week blocks at the Halls Creek Campus.
    The first two week block will be from 19-30 May 2014, and the second block will be from 20-31 October 2014.
    For more information please contact David Wilson at the Halls Creek Kimberley Training Institute via email at or
    Best wishes,
    Millie Harford-Mills
    Research Assistant
    Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

  • Member
    12 December 2013
    I agree that health should look closely at this...unfortunately we are getting the standard answer that they are doing all they can within their restricted boundaries. Great to hear that training organisations are looking to add environmental health to their scope! Until we and the communities themselves can fix the basic issues such as environmental health...we will always be sending sick people back to environment that will not help them get any better or ensure that people just get sick from living in such low sub standard conditions.
  • Member
    5 December 2013

    Great Topic Tania, In Qld we have no RTO's registered with IEH at this stage but Tropical Tafe in Cairns is working towards obtaining the scope. We share your concerns with the model and the funds for Remote communities / Councils for their EHW's to attend the training in Cairns. WA, Qld and NT Gov / Health should look at this very closely.

  • Member
    29 November 2013

    I should make it clear, Iam not an RTO and these issues have been raised by one of the very few guys that know how to train and work in rural communities.  What concerns me greatly is that these issues increase the unlikeliness of having trained local people in remote commnities  managing local environmental health issues.  The other issue I have is that in the pilbara particularly, there is very limited funds to pay for local people to undertake environmental health jobs in their own communities.  All these issues do not induce sustainability in dealing with environmental health problems in remote communities in the long term. 

  • Member
    29 November 2013

    Environmental health is a huge issue in remote communities in WA. Recently I have found out that the new IEH training model will not fit the enviromental health needs in the remote communities of WA.  The issues are, 


    1.) Entitlement model will role out Jan 1.


    2.) Huge increase in VET fees


    3.) The call for applications for participation funding will not open to January sometime with successful applicants not knowing until maybe March.?  How do RTO's with staff operate under such a scenario?


    4.) Delivery for course will be at a rate set by the DTWD. Rates are not known. Will the rates include loadings for RTO's to deliver in regional towns.. e.g. a rate set for the Midwest  may not allow for delivery in say Meekatharra as opposed to Geraldton would in particularly disadvantage regional communities. 


    This model needs to be reconsidered in order to create positive outcomes for people living in rural remote communities. I am interested in what others think?  Are there RTOs that have similar issues with the new IEH training model?