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February 2016

Opportunity

We’re looking for an Independent person to join our Audit and Risk Committee

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health is seeking expressions of interest from members of the public with appropriate risk management and audit skills, and experience in business, governance, or management, to serve as independent members of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee.

The Audit and Risk Committee provides the Board with assurance and assistance in the areas of risk management, clinical governance and quality processes.

Members of the Audit and Risk Committee should exhibit an independence of mind in their deliberations and not act as a representative of a particular area of the community, or with conflicts of interest. Meeting preparation and attendance at six scheduled meetings is required each year.

This is an honorary position.

Address Expressions of interest to Sue Medson either by email at suem@glch.org.au or by mail at P.O. Box 429, Lakes Entrance, 3909 quoting “Audit and Risk Committee – Independent Member” by COB Friday 11 March 2016.

Please include a CV stating relevant experience and qualifications and a short explanation of your interest in the position.

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HEALTH WARNING: Shellfish in the Gippsland Lakes region

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Health authorities are warning people not to eat mussels and other shellfish caught in Victoria’s Gippsland Lakes region as they test for a rare and potentially fatal toxin.

Authorities say they have detected high levels of Pseudonitzschia delicatissima, an uncommon and potentially dangerous algae, in water samples at Eagle Point, Paynesville and Metung in the Gippsland Lakes.

Seafood that consumes this algae — especially “filter feeders” like mussels and other shellfish — can in turn infect anyone who eats them.

Recreational fishers in particular are being warned to avoid shellfish from the Gippsland Lakes region.

There are no reports anyone has become ill from this seafood, but Victoria’s health department says anyone who has become infected may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps within about 24 hours. In that case, a doctor should be consulted.

The department said the likelihood of a serious risk to human health was low but the advice was a precaution until further testing confirmed whether or not the shellfish were safe to eat.

Click HERE to view the Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Human Services