Water Health 

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Health2ageducate is proud to be hosting the 4th Annual Water Health Conference on 23rd July 2021, Perth WA


Riverview Room 5 

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre  | 21 Mounts Bay Rd | Perth  

10.15am arrival for registration

Start: 10.30am

Finish : 2.00pm

(includes networking lunch )  

Past events included Speakers from QLD Health, Dept of Health WA, SA Health ,Industry Experts and Universities .


Who should attend?

Water Auditors, Hydraulic Engineers, Hydrogeologists, Water Suppliers, Quality Representatives, Water Environmental Consultants,  Health Architects

New regulatory framework for drinking water in WA

Presented by Richard Theobald |Managing Scientist Water Department of Health, Western Australia

The implementation of the Public Health Act 2016 (Public Health Act) provides a rare opportunity (once in 100 years) to: set standards for key water quality criteria, assess public health risks relevant to the quality of drinking water from the catchment to the consumer for all drinking water supplies in WA.

The new regulatory framework for drinking water will bring WA into alignment with other jurisdictions in Australia that provide for risk management plans, drinking water quality standards and reporting on drinking water quality.

New Policy - Managed aquifer recharge in Western Australia and Using Mar in Australia

Presented by Yvonne Thomson 

Policy Officer - Lead author of the 2011 and 2021 MAR policies

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation released an updated policy and new guideline on managed aquifer recharge (MAR) in January 2021.


The documents provide a management framework for MAR operations under the current water and environmental legislation in Western Australia. They include useful information to assist with establishing a MAR project, while ensuring the environment, water users and public health are protected.

As climate change continues to impact on our traditional water sources, new and innovative ways are being looked at to secure water supplies. MAR provides an approach that can help make the best re-use of our valuable water resources and create climate-resilient supplies. The MAR policy and guideline were delivered as part of the McGowan Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan, with the aim of facilitating the re-use of WA's valuable water resources.  


The plan and revised MAR policy will contribute to achieving two key targets of the Waterwise Perth Action Plan:
•    to reduce groundwater use by 10 per cent across the Perth and Peel region by the year 2030; and
•    to ensure recycled and alternative water supplies make up 45 per cent of the projected gap between future water demand and water supply.

This presentation will provide an overview of the new policy and guidelines ...and include Q & A 

Application of the policy - managed aquifer recharge for public water supply 

Presented by Simon Higginson -

Managed Aquifer Recharge Advisor

Water Corporation 

Simon will discuss the application of the new policy and guidelines 

Management Framework for MAR Operations under the current water and environmental legislation in WA

Richard Theobald
Managing Scientist Water
Department of Health, Western Australia

In 1911 when the first Health Act came into effect Perth was a different swampier place than it is now. One key part of the Health Act was to enforce the controlled collection and disposal of sewage, but another lesser known part were powers enabling the draining of lands. Both were intended to control the spread of disease.

Now with the Public Health Act 2016 and the current development of subsidiary legislation the question is what risk to public health is posed by the various forms of water collection, infiltration, storage and reuse such as MAR.

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Email waterhealthevents@jazcorpaustralia.com.au or call 1300 667 709 for more information 

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Managing Scientist Water

Department of Health, Western Australia

Richard has worked in the Department for more than 30 years and as the Managing Scientist Water he is responsible for all health-related matters associated with drinking, waste, recycled, alternate, environmental recreational and aquatic waters in Western Australia.
Richard is the State Drinking Water Regulator; delegate of the Chief Health Officer for waste water, recycled water and aquatic waters; Secretary to the Advisory Committee for the Purity of Water and the Statutory Committee of the Fluoridation of Public Water Supplies.
In addition, he is a member of several State and National committees including enHealth Water Quality Expert Reference Panel, National Onsite Regulators Forum, National Recycled Water Regulators Forum, National Aquatic Facilities Regulators Forum and Australian Standards Committees.

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Policy Officer - Lead author of the 2011 and 2021 MAR policies

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

Yvonne has Master of Science in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management (1994), and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geology (1989); both from the University of Technology in Sydney.

She has a broad range of experience in private and public sectors within Western Australia, NSW and Queensland, having worked in exploration and mining geology, groundwater and environmental consultancies and government. Her experience encompasses the areas of water resource management, hydrogeology, policy and planning, legislation, groundwater assessment, contaminated sites, and exploration and mining.

Yvonne has worked for the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and its predecessors for 20 years in various hydrogeological and policy roles and is currently within Strategic Policy. She led the development of the original and current managed aquifer recharge policy documents.



Managed Aquifer Recharge Advisor

Water Corporation

Simon Higginson is the Senior MAR Advisor at the Water Corporation of Western Australia, with 12 years’ experience in managed aquifer recharge research and operations. Simon currently leads the hydrogeological investigations, risk assessment process for regulatory approvals and well-design team to progress the Beenyup Groundwater Replenishment Scheme, which will inject 90ML/day of recycled water to Perth confined aquifers.

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Sponsorship & exhibit space 

Sponsorship and exhibit space is open 

email waterhealth@jazcorpaustralia.com.au or call 1300 667 709 for more information