This Committee is providing expert advice on recreational water quality. 

The NHMRC Recreational Water Quality Advisory Committee (RWQAC) provides expert advice to NHMRC on public health issues related to recreational water quality.

The primary role of RWQAC is to review and update the Guidelines for Managing Risks in Recreational Water

RWQAC members provide expertise in the fields of water quality risk assessment and management, microbiology, toxicology, aquatic ecotoxicology, environmental and public health microbiology in wastewater treatment, environmental science, epidemiology  and river health. 

RWQAC members are members of professional networks and consult within and outside these networks to provide expert advice on recreational water quality issues nationally and internationally.

RWQAC convenes working groups to focus on targeted activities and may source additional experts where appropriate.  

Terms of Reference

The Guidelines provide a nationally consistent best practice approach for managing recreational water quality. The Guidelines were released in 2006 and last amended in 2008. The Guidelines will be revised with oversight provided by the RWQAC. 

Recreational water quality is an important issue requiring a specialist committee to provide technical advice and expertise to NHMRC. This is part of NHMRC’s commitment in its current Corporate Plan to maintain a leadership role in the development of public and environmental health advice.

RWQAC:

  1. Develop a risk management framework for recreational water for inclusion in the Guidelines
  2. Oversee and provide expert advice on the evidence evaluation (reviews) to inform the updating of the Guidelines
  3. Provide rapid scientific and technical advice to the CEO of the NHMRC on current and emerging health issues relating to recreational water quality in Australia, as required.

In consultation with NHMRC, RWQAC may source expertise from outside RWQAC to conduct its activities, if required.

RWQAC will report to Council of NHMRC. Appointments to RWQAC commence on 27 September 2018 and conclude on 31 August 2021.

RWQAC Member information and Disclosure of Interests

NHMRC asked each Committee Member to document their interests as part of the process of the establishment of any NHMRC committee. This process was guided by NHMRC’s Policy on the Disclosure of Interests Requirements for Prospective and Appointed NHMRC Committee Members. This policy in turn reflects the disclosure of interest requirements in section 42A of the NHMRC Act and subsection 29(2) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act).

Members were specifically asked to identify, to the best of their ability, interests relating to recreational water quality including:

  • relevant financial activities
  • relevant professional or organisational experience
  • other relationships or activities.  

A table of Declared Interests is available for download below.
 

 

Chair,
Professor
Stuart
Khan

Water Research Centre, University of New South Wales and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Expertise in trace chemical contaminants in water, risk assessment, risk management and environmental engineering.

Dr
Ben
van den Akker

Research wastewater scientist at SA Water. Adjunct Lecturer in the School of the Environment at Flinders University and Adjunct Research Fellow at University of South Australia. Expertise in environmental and public health microbiology relating to wastewater treatment and reuse. 

Dr
Meredith
Campey

Manager at Beachwatch Programs, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, New South Wales. Expertise in marine science and recreational water quality.

Dr
Christine
Cowie

Senior Research Fellow with the UNSW South West Sydney Clinical School and Ingham Institute of Medical Research. Senior  Research Fellow, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney. Affiliate with the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research (CAR). Expertise in environmental epidemiology, and air pollution epidemiology. 

Dr
Dan
Deere

Independent consultant and Director of Water Futures. Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Expertise in water quality, risk management, data analysis, interpretation and modelling, auditing.

Ms
Sarah
Holland-Clift

General Manager Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Victoria. Expertise in environmental consultancy program coordination, weed management, carbon and emissions in agriculture and river health.

Associate Professor
Andrew
Humpage

Independent Consultant, South Australia. Member of the World Health Organization Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality Chemicals Committee. Expertise in clinical biochemistry, histopathology, in vivo and in vitro toxicology, and genotoxicity, particularly in cyanobacterial toxins. 

Dr
Greg
Jackson

Director, Water Unit, Prevention Division, Department of Health, Queensland. Expertise in regulation and environmental science.

Dr
Muriel
Lepesteur-Thompson

Senior Health Risk Advisor - Microbial at the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA). Adjunct Associate Professor, RMIT University. Expertise in microbial risk assessment (including quantitative microbial risk assessment) and risk management. 

Dr
Richard
Lugg

Independent Consultant Western Australia. Expertise in water quality and human health. 

Associate Professor
Susan
Petterson

Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Griffith University. Director, Water & Health Pty Ltd. Editor, Journal of Water and Health. Expertise in quantitative microbial risk assessment and risk assessment software development.

Ms
Rachael
Poon

Senior Scientist, Water Unit, Health Protection Branch, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria. Expertise in regulation, microbiology and biotechnology. 

Associate Professor
Anne
Roiko

Associate Professor and Discipline Lead in Environmental Health, School of Medicine, Griffith University. Researcher with the Hopkins Centre and the Cities Research Institute. Expertise in environmental epidemiology, quantitative microbial risk assessment and risk management.

Dr
Jenny
Stauber

Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water, Lucas Heights. Expertise in microbiology, environmental contamination and risk assessments. 

Dr
Cameron
Veal

Lead Water Quality (Public Health) at Seqwater, Queensland. Expertise in water quality and public health.

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