Activities

Working with Commonwealth and State government agencies

ACHHRA has supported Commonwealth and State government agencies in managing environmental health risks, through participation in expert advisory panels, preparation of risk assessment guidance documents and peer review of reports. It has assisted HHRA workforce development for governments and the commercial sector through training programs and workshops.

Australasian College of Toxicology & Risk Assessment

ACHHRA supports the Australasian College of Toxicology & Risk Assessment (ACTRA). Prof Priestly served on the ACTRA Management committee through 2007, and has served as ACTRA’s President since 2008. ACTRA is in the process of establishing a peer-reviewed Register of Australasian toxicologists and risk assessors to assess the competence and professional achievements of those who may want to engage in professional practice.

Technological development

Prof Priestly has been active in issues relating to technological development, including the safety assessment of food produced by GM technology, and the newly emerging nanotechnologies.

Nanotechnology

Professor Brian Priestly chaired the NHMRC Advisory Committee on Health & Nanotechnology, established late in 2007 to develop research strategies on OHS issues and biomedical applications of the nanotechnologies.

Here's a report by Prof Priestly on the 1st International Conference on Nanotoxicology (NANOTOX 2006).

Symposia

ACHHRA hosted a successful symposium Challenges in Environmental Toxicology in Australia, hosted in July 2006.

Publications

The special Australian issue of Journal of Toxicology & Environmental Health was an outcome of the Challenges in Environmental Toxicology in Australia symposium.

Other recent ACHHRA publications include: