The Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB) is pleased to announce that it has accredited Edith Cowan University (ECU) Bachelor of Health Science major in OEHS (Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety).
The AOHSEAB Panel found that the course combined Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety in an innovative approach to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and professional practice expected in an accredited program. The AOHSEAB Board congratulates ECU on this initiative.
Angela Seidel, Chair of AOHSEAB, said that the combined course is timely in its incorporation of health aspects with the traditional focus on safety. She commented that the OHS Profession is looking for graduates who have applied skills in investigation, systematic and systemic management of risk, enhanced communication and recognition of the impact of health on work. “It is good to see a program that actively addresses these aspects” said Ms Seidel.
Professor Moira Sim, Executive Dean, Medical and Health Sciences, stated that ECU values strong industry partnerships which give our programs breadth, depth and sustainability. “ECU listened to the requests from students and industry, and suggestions from the occupational and environmental health safety disciplines, to combine the degree. Graduates from this dual accredited major will have a qualification which is recognised both by Environmental Health Australia as well as the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.”
David Clarke, CEO of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety, thanked ECU for their continued commitment to OHS education, noting that “one of the cornerstones of an effective and successful health and safety profession is a strong, evidence-based higher education system delivering high-quality programs that are evolving as our own knowledge base evolves. The work that our universities do in partnership with the Accreditation board, provides a very strong basis for this.”
Ms Seidel especially thanked the Accreditation Panel who worked diligently and creatively to ensure that this innovative degree met the diverse needs of the University, AOHSEAB and the OHS Profession.