Dr Jim Smith

Dr Jim Smith

Professor in the Environmental Health Team, College of Science & Engineering


Jim has worked in the public and environmental health arena for many years and in the last 30 years, his roles have included public and environmental health management consultancy to the government and private sectors, teaching and research. In his government consultancy role, he has developed and facilitated many strategic plans addressing public health and wellbeing, social housing, wastewater management, heatwaves and pandemics and the development and evaluation of policies and programs. In the private sector, he has developed various risk management plans including HACCP food safety programs for both large and small enterprises and he acts in the role of strategic risk manager for other businesses.

Jim is a Professor in the Environmental Health Team, College of Science & Engineering, and he teaches policy and management in the Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health Practice and Master of Environmental Health programs.

His area of specific interests are food safety regulatory policies and their implementation in Australia, the history of public health administration in Victoria, and ethical environmental health regulatory practice. Current projects include leading a Victorian Department of Health & Human Service project looking to refocus local government EHO practice to one based on risk. This is a sector wide change management project.

He is a co-author of Public Health Practice in Australia: The Organised Effort published by Allen and Unwin.