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Appointments to the Australian ionising radiation advisory council (AIRAC)



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APPOINTMENTS TO THE AUSTRALIAN IONISING RADIATION ADVISORY COUNCIL (AIRAC)

i. The Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories, the Hon Ros Kelly MP, today announced the reappointment of Emeritus Professor R W Parsons and the appointment of Associate Professor G Laurence and Dr S Corbett to the Australian Ionising Radiation Advisory Council (AIRAC) for terms ending 30 June 1994. At the same time Mrs J Fitch, and Drs C Branch and L Sheffield were reappointed to the Australian Ionising Radiation Advisory for terms ending on 30 June 1995. Emeritus Professor R W Parsons and Mrs J Fitch were reappointed as Chair and Deputy Chair of AIRAC respectively. Emeritus Professor Parsons, Mrs Fitch and Drs Branch and Sheffield were members of AIRAC until 30 June 1992 when their terms of appointment expired.

Mrs Kelly also announced the retirement from Council of Dr R Petty, Director, Management Information Services, Alfred Hospital, Victoria who has been a member of Council since 1983.

AIRAC was established in 1973 as an independent body to advise the Government on the effects of ionising radiation exposure on the Australian population and the environment. The membership of AIRAC is representative of a range of disciplines relevant to the Council's terms of reference and

appointments are made on the basis of personal expertise.

The current positions and areas of technical expertise'of the appointees are:

Emeritus Professor R W Parsons - Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Southern Queensland and an Emeritus Professor from the University of Queensland. His discipline is Nuclear Physics.

Mrs J Fitch - Director, Radiation Protection Branch, South Australian Health Commission. Her discipline is Health Physics.

Dr C Branch - Assistant Director General of Mines, Western Australia. His discipline is Geology and Mining Engineering.

Dr L Sheffield - Medical Geneticist at the Murdoch Institute, Royal Children's Hospital Victoria. His discipline is Bio statistics and Epidemiology.

Associate Professor G Laurence - Head of the Department of Physical and Organic Chemistry, the University of Adelaide. His disciplines are Radiation Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry.

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• Dr S Corbett - Medical Epidemiologist and Manager, Environmental Health Section, Epidemiology Branch, NSW Department of Health; His discipline is Epidemiology.

The current membership of AIRAC includes Mr D Davy, (formerly Of the Australian bluclear Science and Technology Organisation); Dr K H Lokan, (Australian Radiation Laboratory); Professor P A Parsons (The University of Adelaide); Dr D Wigg (Royal Adelaide Hospital); Dr J Wiseman (Royal North Shore Hospital); and Professor B Fraser (University of Newcastle).

Mrs Kelly said 'The expertise of AIRAC members covers a wide range of disciplines including Radiation Oncology, Radiological Physics, Atmospheric Physics, Genetics and Environmental Biology, Bio statistics and Epidemiology, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Medicine and Health Physics. The appointment of Associate Professor G Laurence and Dr S Corbett and reappointment of

Emeritus Professor R W Parsons, Mrs J Fitch, Dr C Branch and Dr L Sheffield w ill ensure that the expertise within Council continues to cover the range of disciplines relevant to its work'.

Mrs Kelly added that "the wide ranging expertise within AIRAC ensures its continued capacity to provide balanced expert advice to the Government on health and environmental aspects associated with ionising radiation such as: international developments in radiation exposure standards for occupational activities; the attributable risk concept for liability and compensation for

persons exposed to ionising radiation who subsequently develop cancer; acceptable levels of occupational and public risk; the link between radiation exposure and leukaemia; and the benefits and risks associated with the national mammography screening program for women".

Mrs Kelly also noted Dr R Petty's long service on AIRAC, and thanked him for his valuable contributions to the work of Council, both in his area of expertise of radiobiology, and the general functions of the Council.

CONTACT: John Whitelaw (Department) 06-274 1401 9 September, 1992