The Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council (the 'Council') advises the CEO on emerging issues and matters of major public concern relating to radiation protection and nuclear safety. 

Council has the following functions in relation to radiation protection and nuclear safety:

  • identify emerging issues
  • examine matters of major concern to the community
  • consider the adoption of recommendations, policies, codes and standards
  • advise and report to the CEO, at the CEO's request or as Council considers appropriate, on the above and any other matters

Current membership of Council

The appointed members and their terms are:

Chair

  • Dr Jane Canestra, emergency physician with expertise in emergency medicine, public health, and emergency management including planning for radiological incidents
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)  

CEO of ARPANSA

  • Dr Gillian Hirth 

Person to represent the interests of the general public

  • Mr Christopher Donovan, National Workplace Health & Safety Director, Australian Workers Union
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)

Radiation Control Officers

  • Mr Keith Baldry, Director Science and Systems, Environmental Protection Authority of South Australia
  • Mr John Piispanen, Executive Director, Health Protection Branch, Queensland Health

Representative of the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

  • Dr Christine Connors, Chief Health Officer of the Northern Territory
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)

Other members

  • Mr Jim Hondros, Director and Principal Consultant, JRHC Enterprises
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)
  • Ms Melissa Holzberger, Founder & Principal, Sloan Holzberger Lawyers
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)
  • Mr Christopher Perry, Director of Operations for Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Alfred Hospital
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)
  • Associate Professor Catherine Olsen, Senior Research Officer, Division of Population and Clinical Sciences, Queensland Institute of Medical Research Berghofer 
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)
  • Mr Stuart Parr, Radiation protection advisor with experience in safety engineering and management. Stuart also sits on the Nuclear Safety Committee (NSC) and Radiation Health Committee (RHC)
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)
  • Professor Pam Sykes, Emeritus Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)
  • Associate Professor Mel Taylor, Associate Professor, Macquarie School of Social Sciences
    (1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026)
 
 

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