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)
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- Work collaboratively with the NHMRC Water Quality Advisory Committee on projects of mutual interest.
- 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;
|Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology; Research into the genetic and environmental causes of cancer||
|Ms Kerri Carr
|Strategic Advice on Corporate Risk, Customer Service and Operations Management||
Ms Miranda CumpstonCochrane Australia,
|Medical and Health Research Methodology, Policy Development||
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||
Professor Lin Fritschi
School of Public Health,
|Cancer Research; Exposure Epidemiology; Occupational and Exposure Assessment||
Adjunct A/Professor Andrew Humpage
Adjunct Associate Professor,
Affiliate Associate Professor,
|Toxicology; Chemical Contaminants of Drinking and Recycled Waters||
Associate Professor Cynthia Joll
Curtin Water Quality Research Centre, Department of Chemistry,
|Water Chemist; Organic Chemist; Water and Disinfection By-Products research||
Professor Brian Priestly
Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment,
Office of Chemical Safety,
|Risk Assessment; Toxicology; and Environmental Health||