The NSW Aboriginal Environmental Health Officer Training Program aims to address labour shortage in the field of environmental health and to develop an Aboriginal workforce with leadership and technical skills to progress environmental health issues. The Aboriginal Environmental Health Unit (AEHU) manages and administers the training program which is delivered through funding partnerships with PHUs, local government and other agencies. Highlight included:
- two new trainees were employed bringing the cohort of Aboriginal Trainee Environmental Health Officers in the training program to 11.
- of the 11 current trainees, two are employed by and based in a PHU (one employed by a PHU and based in local government; one is employed by a PHU and based in the Environmental Protection Authority) and seven are employed by local government.
- one trainee has completed their Bachelor of Natural Science (Environment and Health) degree, bringing the total number of graduate Aboriginal Environmental Health Officers from the training program to 17.