Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products Advisory Committee (DWDBPAC)

NHMRC’s Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products Advisory Committee (DWDBPAC), will provide scientific advice to NHMRC on the management of disinfection by-products (DBPs) with the aim of minimising the potential risks to human health when drinking water is disinfected (eg chlorination). This advice will be incorporated into the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) 

DWDBPAC Membership

The DWDBPAC has the following Chair and members:

  • Professor Bruce Armstrong (Chair), Consultant – Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Health Services; Adjunct Professor, School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia; Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
  • Ms Kerri Carr (Consumer Representative), Executive Director, Corporate Services and Company Secretary, Haven; Home Safe. Previously Customer Service Manager at Coliban Water
  • Ms Miranda Cumpston,  Australasian Cochrane Centre
  • Associate Professor Jane Ford, Principal Research Fellow, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney 
  • Professor Lin Fritschi, School of Public Health, Curtin University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Andrew Humpage,  Department of Medical Biotechnology, Flinders University; Affiliate Associate Professor, Discipline of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, University of Adelaide
  • Associate Professor Cynthia Joll, Deputy Director, Curtin Water Quality Research Centre, Curtin University
  • Professor Brian Priestly, Director, Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment (ACHHRA), Monash University

DBPAC members are individual authorities in their fields which include epidemiology, toxicology, methodology, human health risk assessment, analytical chemistry and water treatment.

NHMRC DRINKING WATER DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(Formally known as the Disinfection By-Products Advisory Committee)

In 2016, the NHMRC created the Disinfection By-Products Advisory Committee (DBPAC) and appointed research and community representatives to initiate this work. In 2017, the DBPAC’s activity to prioritise DBPs for review in the ADWG was completed. As the Committee moves on to subsequent activities, it has been renamed as the Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products Advisory Committee and the updated Terms of Reference are outlined below.

Terms of Reference

The Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products Advisory Committee will:

  1. Provide scientific and expert advice on the revision of Australian Drinking Water Guidelines fact sheets and health based guideline values for DBPs (including, but not necessarily limited to, trihalomethanes, haloacetic acids, chlorate and haloacetonitriles).
  2. Provide expert advice to NHMRC on the management of DBPs in Australian drinking water supplies to ensure the ADWG represents current scientific evidence for the management of DBPs.
  3. Work collaboratively with the NHMRC Water Quality Advisory Committee on projects of mutual interest.
  4. The Committee will report to the Council of NHMRC on its activities when required.

In consultation with ONHMRC, the Committee may source expertise from outside the Committee and consult with stakeholders to conduct its activities.

Appointments to the Committee commenced on 12 February 2016 and conclude on 31 January 2019

Declarations of Interest

NAME/POSITION AREA OF EXPERTISE DECLARATION OF INTEREST

Professor Bruce Armstrong (Chair)

Consultant – Environmental Epidemiology; 
Environmental Health and Health Services

Adjunct Professor,
School of Population Health, 
University of Western Australia 

Emeritus Professor,
School of Public Health,
University of Sydney 

Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology; Research into the genetic and environmental causes of cancer
  • Consultant
  • Casual consultant to the Sax Institute Sydney in relation to a Department of Veterans Affairs contract to prepare a framework for evaluation of the effectiveness of rehabilitation under Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 
  • Casual consultant to the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU in relation to the ACT Asbestos Health Study
  • Associations - current: Honorary Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia;  Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences; Honorary Member of the International Association of Cancer Registries
  • Committee Memberships – Current: Expert Advisory Group on Environmental Health NSW Health;  National Board and the Scientific and Advisory Committee – Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia;  Expert Advisory Group, Prostate Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council Australia – Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for PSA Testing and Management of Test - Detected Prostate Cancer; and Department of Veterans Affairs Specialist Medical Review Council in relation to smoking and prostate cancer
  • Committee Memberships - Past t: Senior Advisor at the Sax Institute Sydney; Chair of the Board – NSW Bureau of Health Information; Senior Visiting Scientist – International Agency for Research on Cancer; Chair of NHMRC Wind Farms and Human Health Reference Group 
Ms Kerri Carr
(Consumer Representative) 
Strategic Advice on Corporate Risk, Customer Service and Operations Management
  • Executive Director for Corporate Services and Company Secretary – ‘Haven; Home, Safe’
  • Principal Consultant – Kerri Carr Consulting
  • Previous Positions: General Manager for Corporate Services, Business and Risk – ‘Haven; Home, Safe’ (affordable housing sector); Operations Manager – Radius Disability Services 2012 – 2015; General Manager for Customer Service – Coliban Water 2009 – 2011
  • Associations – Current: Governance Institute of Australia; Australian Institute of Company Directors; Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia / New Zealand
  • Committee Memberships – Past: Coliban Water’s Tasting Panel; Chair for Coliban Water Customer Advisory Groups

Ms Miranda Cumpston

Cochrane Australia,
Monash University 
Medical and Health Research Methodology, Policy Development
  • Cochrane Australia 2007 – current.
  • Previous positions: Cochrane Australia’s international office as Head of Learning and Support; Health policy work for the Australian Public Service 
  • Committee Memberships - Current: Cochrane Public Health Review Group – Editor; Cochrane Methods Application and Review Standards Advisory Committee
  • Committee Memberships - Past: Co-Chair of Workshop Committee – Cochrane Colloquium (International Conference) 2009 – 2015; Public Health Association of Australia 2007 – 2013
  • Publications of numerous journal articles and presentations (on behalf of Cochrane)

Associate Professor Jane Ford

Principal Research Fellow, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney 

Perinatal epidemiology, research into maternal and infant morbidity and mortality 
  • Principal Research Fellow, Clinical and Population Perinatal Health Research, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney 
  • Chief Investigator on a number of NHMRC, ARC and  other grants relating to maternal and infant health
  • Associate Editor, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology  
  • Associations – Current: Sax Institute Sydney; Australasian Epidemiological Association and Society for Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
  • Published numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports on maternal and infant health outcomes. Has also presented at various conferences, workshops and seminars on this topic 

Professor Lin Fritschi

School of Public Health,
Curtin University

Cancer Research; Exposure Epidemiology; Occupational and Exposure Assessment
  • Professor at School of Public Health, Curtin University; Adjunct Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
  • Associations – Current: Australasian Epidemiological Association; International Commission on Occupational Health; APHRA – Registered Australian Medical Practitioner 
  • Committee Memberships - Current:  Chair of the Cancer Council W.A. – Research Committee; Specialist Medical Review Council – Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Committee Memberships – Past: Expert Working Group for Monographs 106, 110, 112 & 117 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (2012-2016); Reference Group in ‘Choices in Cancer Control’ Project – W.A. Department of Health; NHMRC Research Committee – International Schemes/Research Assistance/Quality Control; Chaired joint NHMRC/ARPANSA Working Committee on Electromagnetic Emissions; enHealth Expert Advisory Committee on the development of Environmental Noise Guidelines; NHMRC Expert Review Committee for the draft paper on Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health 
  • Published numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports on cancer research and exposure assessment. Presented at various conferences, workshops and seminars on this topic.

Adjunct A/Professor Andrew Humpage

Adjunct Associate Professor,
Department of Medical Biotechnology,
Flinders University 

Affiliate Associate Professor,
Discipline of Clinical and
Experimental Pharmacology,
University of Adelaide 

Toxicology; Chemical Contaminants of Drinking and Recycled Waters
  • Previous position: Senior Scientist (chemical contamination), Customer Value & Water Quality Research Group, Australian Water Quality Centre, South Australian Water Corporation
  • Associations – Past: Association of Official Analytical Chemists Task Force on Marine and Freshwater Toxins
  • Committee Memberships – Current: WHO Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality: Chemical Aspects Working Group
  • Committee Memberships – Past: Project Advisory Committee for Australian Recycled Water Centre for Excellence; NHMRC’s Water Quality Advisory Committee and Disinfection By-Products Working Group (2011-2015); Chair of the Project Review team and Member of the Drinking Water Research Steering Team for Water Research Australia Limited
  • Publications: Co-authored the ADWG Fact Sheet on cyanobacterial toxins; Co-authored WHO background documents in support of guidelines for cyanobacterial toxins in drinking water; Co-authored and developed guidelines for cyanobacterial toxin contamination of seafood for the Department of Health, Victoria; published numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports on water quality and toxicology; presented at various conferences, workshops and seminars on these topics

Associate Professor Cynthia Joll

Curtin Water Quality Research Centre, Department of Chemistry,
Curtin University

Water Chemist; Organic Chemist; Water and Disinfection By-Products research 
  • Deputy Director of the Curtin Water Quality Research Centre, Curtin University; Associate Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Curtin University
  • Chief investigator for ARC Linkage project on nitrogen compounds in wastewater treatment, Water Corporation Western Australia, Water Research Australia
  • Past Chief Investigator for ARC Linkage projects on disinfection by-products and their precursors in drinking water – ARC, Water Corporation Western Australia, Water Research Australia, GHD Pty Ltd
  • Associations – Current - Australian Water Association
  • Published numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports on chemicals and disinfection by-products in water.  Also presented at various international and national conferences, seminars and workshops.

Professor Brian Priestly

Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment,
Monash University

Office of Chemical Safety,
Australian Department of Health

Risk Assessment; Toxicology; and Environmental Health
  • Director of the Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment, Monash University; Senior Principal Scientist at the Office of Chemical Safety , Australian Department of Health
  • Science Fellow for  Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, and Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
  • Member and Fellow of the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment
  • Committee Memberships - Current: CRC CARE Technical Working Group on PFOS/PFOA 2015 – present; Advisor to Air Services Australian PFOS contamination issues 2015 – present
  • Committee Memberships - Past: Advisory Panel of TCE contamination at Clovelly/Mitchell Park, South Australia 2014 – 2015; Queensland Water Commission Expert Panel – Indirect Potable Reuse (Water Recycling) Project 2007 – 2013; Managed the review and update of the enHealth publication – Guidance on Environmental Health Risk Assessment 2009 – 2012; Water Quality Research Australia, Research Steering Committee 2008 – 2011; Environmental Protection and Heritage Council Working Group to develop a national risk management framework for recycled water 2004 – 2008
  • Published numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports on water quality, toxicology, and a risk assessment.  Presented at various conferences, workshops and seminars on these topics.