Seminar: Water and Public Health in Queensland
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- Presenter: Dr Greg Jackson, Director, Water Quality Unit, Environmental Health Branch, Queensland Health
Moderator: Dr A’edah Abu Bakar, Senior Research Fellow, Entox
The talk will describe the context for water and public health, including the Queensland regulatory framework, the regulators, water service providers and recycled water providers; discuss some current Queensland water issues, including coal seam gas produced water, disease risk from recreational water exposure vs drinking water, the continuing controversy over water fluoridation, and present a case study of risk from private water supplies. There will also be a brief look at the institutional framework for water quality at a national level and also discussion of some water quality issues of relevance at the national level including IPR, health-based microbial targets for drinking water treatment and decentralized systems for water supply and wastewater treatment.
Greg is currently Director of the Water Program at Queensland Health. He has responsibility for Queensland Health policy and programs for drinking water, recycled water and recreational water, and he manages the implementation of water fluoridation. His team sets state-wide water quality standards for drinking water, recycled water and CSG water, and manages compliance with the Water Fluoridation Act and Regulation and the water quality provisions of the Public Health Act and Regulation. He began his water career with Sydney Water in an environmental management role, moved onto the Queensland EPA, helping manage the Queensland Water Recycling Strategy, and has been with Queensland Health since 2007.
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