Sally Modystach works to promote health, wellbeing and environmental sustainability around Australia.
She established Healthy Environs in 2011 and now leads a team of professionals who work with clients promoting healthier communities and workplaces. Their clients include corporate organisations and local councils who are focused on building healthy and vibrant communities.
Sally had previously worked in the local government and consultancy sectors before she established Healthy Environs. After graduating from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Environmental Health, she became an environmental health officer in a metro Adelaide council.
“That degree was fascinating,” Sally says. “It looked at the relationships between humans and their environment with a focus on human health.
“My role in councils was to educate, and enforce legislation aimed at ensuring that we had a safe and sanitary environment.
“That captured food safety, cooling towers and Legionella control, elements of waste management, environmental management systems and more. It’s a diverse and interesting profession.”
After several years in local government and further studies in public health, Sally shifted into consultancy firms.
“I was keen to try something different,” Sally says. “Once I got into the consulting side, I knew it was for me because I like the phases of scoping, delivering and closing out a project. And you never know what challenge or project you’re going to have around the corner. “I enjoy working with different people in different places, the diversity of sectors you get to work across – you gain great experience.”
Since establishing Healthy Environs, Sally still thrives on the project management side of work as well as the diversity.
“We’ve consulted on lot of satisfying projects around Australia,” she says.
“We love meeting people and working with communities around the country."
"The projects we’re engaged in are often backed by committed people in the community, including local workers and community volunteers. It’s terrific to be part of those partnerships and to promote health, wellbeing and environmental sustainability within local communities.”