The World Health Organization (WHO) plays a critical role in the direction and coordination of international health systems and public health policy.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is proud to be continuing our 35-year partnership with WHO as a collaborating centre for radiation protection.

‘In the current global health crisis, it is important that the work of the WHO continues to be supported internationally’, said Dr Rick Tinker, Director, Assessment and Advice at ARPANSA.

‘We’re pleased to be redesignated as a collaborating centre for a further four years’. 

The redesignation continues ARPANSA’s long-standing relationship with WHO in supporting radiation protection activities since 1985. 

Highlights of ARPANSA’s involvement include contributions to WHO’s guidelines for managing radioactivity in drinking water and technical support for a public health intervention on artificial tanning devices.

‘We’re proud of what we’ve been able to deliver in our role as a WHO collaborating centre over the past 35 years,’ said Dr Tinker. 

‘WHO works towards a world in which everyone can live healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live. We’re glad to be contributing to this important work and to achieve health objectives and support international strategies relevant to radiation protection.’

WHO collaborating centres support the delivery of WHO’s international programs across a range of areas including radiation protection, nursing, communicable diseases, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies. 

WHO has established more than 800 collaborating centres globally, leveraging health expertise from more than 80 of its Member States.

ARPANSA’s redesignation as a WHO collaborating centre is in place until June 2024. 

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