Perform environmental health planning


This unit specifies the skills and knowledge required to perform environmental health planning as a member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

It includes conducting an environmental health analysis to develop an environmental health plan.

This unit applies to preventive medicine supervisors.

The skills and knowledge described in this unit must be applied within the legislative, regulatory and policy environment in which they are carried out. Organisational policies and procedures must be consulted and adhered to.

Persons undertaking this unit work independently, supervise small teams and perform complex tasks in a range of familiar contexts.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Conduct an environmental health analysis


Determine scope and context of environmental health support required in accordance with operational policy


Identify and review health intelligence sources


Conduct an environmental health threat risk assessment


Identify environmental health tasks to mitigate each threat in accordance with operational procedures


Determine environmental health strategies and action in accordance with scope and context of identified support


Compare strategies with responsiveness to potential obstacles and key health threats


Present a health analysis brief to relevant stakeholders for consultation and guidance in accordance with operational procedure


Develop environmental health plan


Identify environmental health stakeholders for specific tasking within the plan


Allocate environmental health assets in accordance with agreed environmental health strategies


Prioritise and sequence environmental health tasking in accordance with environmental health strategies


Apply principles of health support


Draft environmental health plan to support strategic adaptability to react effectively when environmental circumstances change unexpectedly


Present draft plan to relevant stakeholders and personnel for approval in accordance with operational procedures


Finalise environmental health plan that incorporates stakeholder feedback and recommendations, in accordance with plan scope and operational procedures

Evidence of Performance

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria on at least one occasion and include:

applying relevant legislation, and operational policies and procedures

communicating effectively with all stakeholders

enabling sustained environmental health support

identifying key health threats, assessing risks and implementing control measures during environmental health planning

interpreting information to support health planning

making judgements that balance health support and operational imperatives

managing basic projects

managing schedule with competing interests

minimising health threat to the organisation

negotiating complex issues and ideas to arrive at a common understanding

optimising the implementation of health support plans

preparing complex verbal or written health assessments for communication to relevant stakeholders

researching information to aid health support assessment

solving problems.

Evidence of Knowledge

Evidence required to demonstrate competence in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria and include knowledge of:

health support logistics and planning processes

health support resource capabilities

health threat analysis

injury risk assessment and management

organisational structure, and lines of authority and communication within the organisation

principles of health support including:

enable control of health resources by technically qualified personnel best placed to employ them

ensure conformity of health plan with higher operational plans

ensure continuity of health care between levels of treatment and between different agencies involved in treatment

ensure health support maintains its proximity to activity being supported

ensure health support maintains mobility with activity of group being supported

facilitate provision of initial wound surgery within three hours of being injured

facilitate provision of resuscitation by a medical officer within an hour of being injured

prevent injury and illness

provide immediate first aid to an injured person

maintain flexibility to adapt health plan to changing circumstances of Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations

relevant legislation, and organisational policies and procedures

relevant organisational standing and routine orders

structure and function of ADF health services

theory of health support

vectors of disease.

Assessment Conditions

As a minimum, assessors must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

As a minimum, assessment must satisfy applicable regulatory requirements, which include requirements in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations current at the time of assessment.

Assessment processes and techniques must be appropriate to the language, literacy and numeracy requirements of the work being performed and the needs of the candidate.

Assessment must occur in workplace operational situations, where it is appropriate to do so; where this is not appropriate, assessment must occur in simulated workplace operational situations that replicate workplace conditions.

Resources for assessment must include access to:

a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or other simulations including:

actual situation or scenario requiring environmental health planning, with all supporting information

welldeveloped health intelligence

relevant and appropriate materials, tools, equipment and personal protective equipment currently used in industry

relevant documentation including operational procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals.

Foundation Skills

Foundation skills essential to performance are explicit in the performance criteria of this unit of competency.

Range Statement

Range is restricted to essential operating conditions and any other variables essential to the work environment.

Non-essential conditions may be found in the Companion Volume Implementation Guide.


Not applicable.

Competency Field

Preventive Health