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Training

Training.JPGSMS Training offers a wide range of training opportunities, specialising in professional development for New Zealand's public health and environmental health workforce.

To view our current course timetable, download a registration form or available course flyers click here. Links to pre-course reading and course flyers are also provided below.
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Border Health Protection 


SMS provides two Border Health related courses.

National Border Health and Ship Sanitation Certification Course
This five day course provides knowledge and skills required to conduct Health Act and Biosecurity Act warranted officer duties at Points of Entry. Covers key agencies involved in Border Health, relevant legislation, international and national context, response to public health events of international concern, mosquito and medical vector surveillance, and Ship Sanitation Certification inspections.
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Pest and Vectors Surveillance Workshop 
A four day workshop that covers practical pest and vector (mosquitoes, rodents etc) surveillance, interception and incursion activities at Points of Entry for Health Act and Biosecurity Act warranted officers. Preference should be given to staff who are actively involved in border health protection activities and who need to attend to maintain competency.
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Compliance and Enforcement 

SMS provides four courses designed to train designated officers from Public Health Services to undertake compliance and enforcement functions in relation to various pieces of health sector legislation.

Public Health Legislation (General)
This three day course focuses on how to read and interpret legislation, investigation and compliance processes, powers and duties under various pieces of legislation, and collection of evidence.
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Public Health Legislation (Specialised)
A two day course that covers court processes, preparation of a brief of evidence, and presentation of evidence in a court setting.
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Drinking Water Legislation
A three day course (held twice yearly) specifically focusing on the Drinking Water Assessor and designated officer roles and responsibilities under the Health (Drinking Water) Amendment Act 2007.
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Psychoactive Substances 
A two day course specifically focusing on the Psychoactive Substances Act and the statutory officer role, responsibilities, powers and duties under this Act. (Please note this course may not occur every year, please check the timetable).
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Hazardous Substances  

SMS provides two Hazardous Substances courses specifically designed for current or prospective HSNO Enforcement Officers. The training covers: the HSNO Act, EPA Notices and Regulations, the role and responsibilities of Public Health Services and other agencies under the Act, the duties of warranted officers, enforcement and compliance procedures, risk assessment and risk management (e.g. VTAs), emergency management and other public health activities relating to hazardous substances.

Foundation course
This is a five day course for those new to the HSNO regime.
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Refresher course
A three day course for current HSNO officers seeking re-warranting. 
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Professional Development 

SMS provides two seminars to update and refresh Public Health statutory officers on policy and legislation changes, topical issues relevant to Environmental Health and Public Health personnel, environmental and public health best practice and innovative methods of implementation.

Health Protection Forums
A two day forum is provided twice yearly.
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Professional Development Seminar
A three day seminar.
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Sewage Treatment and Disposal 

This two day course covers public health and environmental health issues associated with sewage treatment and disposal, including sewered and unsewered communities, treatment methodologies and technologies.
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Resource Management  

A three day course that assists Health Protection Officers and Medical Officers of Health to undertake public health activities in aspects of resource management, including effective submissions on resource consents, Regional and District Plans and policies, and to support submissions at hearings (District and Regional) and to the Environment Court if necessary so that healthy outcomes may result. Principles and processes of the Resource Management Act 1991 will be covered and compared with those under the Local Government Act 2002.
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Emergency Management  

A three day course that aims to train Health Protection Officers and Medical Officers of Health in aspects of civil defence and emergency management to prepare them for any civil defence or emergency management situation where there is a risk to public health. The course includes the roles and responsibilities of designated officers under the Ministry’s National Health Emergency Plan and the Emergency Management Section of the Environmental Health Protection Manual, understanding the threats of natural disasters, how to plan a response to them including interaction with other agencies and operating within an EOC utilising CIMS procedures.

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Contact SMS Training administrators and Academic Director at our Invercargill Office for all enquiries.
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Southern Monitoring Services Ltd is 100% Kiwi owned and operated business established in 1995. The company Directors have a strong public health background having qualified and worked in the public sectors of Environmental Health and Health Protection. 
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831 Frankton Rd
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PO Box 108
Arrowtown
phone 03 442 2322
fax 03 442 3372
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