Course Presenters

Course Convener

Dr Harriet Whiley

Harriet Whiley’s areas of expertise are Public Health, Risk Assessment and Environmental Microbiology. She undertook a PhD with Flinders University in collaboration with The South Australian Water Corporation investigating the presence of Legionella and Mycobacterium avium complex in South Australian drinking and reuse water distribution pipelines. She is currently working at Flinders University as a researcher and developing teaching resources. 


Academic Speakers

Dr Natalie Bolton

Natalie is a Senior Scientific Officer in the Water Quality section at the SA Department of Health. Her primary expertise is in public health aspects of water quality including potable, recreational and recycled/non-drinking water. Natalie completed her PhD at Flinders University in 2011 investigating the effect of sunlight on the inactivation of pathogens in wastewater lagoons.

A/Prof Scott Cameron

Scott is clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Adelaide, and Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University. His research interests are foodborne disease epidemiology, outbreak investigation methods, Ross River virus epidemiology in South Australia & potential for Hantavirus infection in Australia.

Dr Ian Delaere 


Dr Ian Delaere received his PhD in 1997 from the University of Adelaide for work conducted on neurotoxic non-protein amino acids found in a common forage legume. He has worked in several capacities in industry and government.

Ian has the title of Manager - Toxicology within SA Health. Ian has spent the last decade informing industry and government of risks posed to the public associated with exposure to particular environmental chemicals. More recently this has taken the form of investigating the impacts of improperly disposed volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons from industry on neighbouring communities.


Dr Peter Di Marco 

  Dr Di Marco is principal Toxicologist at Golder Associates Pty Ltd, Perth office. Peter's main interest is risk assessment and chemical management.

Assoc Prof John Edwards

  BSc Hons (Adelaide); PhD (Adelaide). John's teaching background is in pharmacology, toxicology and occupational and environmental health. His research interests lie in the fields of monitoring of occupational and environmental exposure to chemicals, particularly pesticides and solvents, and the biochemical and cytogenetic effects these chemicals may cause. He also supervises research students investigating the relationship between environmental chemical exposures and asthma in children. Dr Edwards is president elect of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists. 

Dr Sharyn Gaskin

  Dr Sharyn Gaskin is a Research Associate and consultant in the Occupational & Environmental Hygiene group at University of Adelaide. She has a PhD in remediation of contaminated soil in the mining industry and has worked with the Australian Antarctic Division located in Macquarie Island. Her current research areas are skin exposure to chemicals of national security concern during hazardous material incidents involving emergency response, which is in collaboration with the Dept of Defence and Combating Terrorism Research & Development Group with the US Government; she also has an ongoing interest in bioaerosol contamination in occupational settings. 

Brian Haddy 

  Brian has been an environmental activist for 25 years, with involvement in campaigns from the Franklin Dam blockade in the early 80's to the Mt Barker Foundry dispute in South Australia in the late 90's. He has served on the executive of the Conservation Council in Canberra and was the inaugural Chair of The People's Environment Protection Alliance (The People's EPA), a coalition of resident groups fighting industrial pollution issues in various Adelaide suburbs. Brian has been a guest speaker at the National Short Course in Environmental Health on two occasions in recent years. 

Dr Alana Hansen  

  Alana is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Discipline of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Alana's research interests include the effects of environmental stressors on human health, particularly the impacts of climate change and extreme heat on vulnerable populations.  

Dr Andrew Langley 


Dr Langley is Public Health Physician and Director, Centre for Disease Control, Central Zone Public Health Network (Sunshine Coast). He is a member of National Health & Medical Research Council's Health Advisory Committee.

Dr Monika Nitschke 

  Dr Monika Nitschke is a principal scientific officer with the SA Department of Health. She gained her PhD from Adelaide University in 2003 which examined the health impacts of emissions from unflued gas heaters. Monika's interest in epidemiology includes health effects from air pollution indoors and outdoors, noise, and more recently, the impact of heatwaves on mortality and morbidity. Monika represents the Department of Health on climate change matters, especially related to adaptive policies.  

Assoc Prof Dino Pisaniello 

  Dino is Associate Professor and Acting Head, in the Discipline of Public Health at The University of Adelaide. His area of interest is Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety.
He is a past Chairman of several OEH professional associations, and is currently the Australian National Secretary for the International Commission on Occupational Health. Dino is the Director of the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Laboratory at the Thebarton Campus, and is also the Chief Technical Advice Coordinator (Hazardous Materials Incidents) for the Metropolitan Fire Service and the Country Fire Service. 

Prof Brian Priestly 

  Prof Priestly is Director (now part-time) of the Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment (ACHHRA), a group within the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Monash University. Brian has engaged with various Commonwealth & State government agencies on health risk assessment (HRA) projects and assisted with HRA guideline development associated with air quality, water recycling, contaminated sites, chemicals regulation and nanotechnology.

Dr Chris Reynolds 

  Chris is a lawyer with a PhD in public health and the author of 3 books on public health law. He has taught law and public health in South Australia and interstate and has advised the Commonwealth and States on public and environmental health law and policy, including tobacco control, HIV, drug and alcohol policy and food regulation. Chris has also been involved extensively in the development of new public health law in SA and elsewhere and has also advised the SA Environment Protection Authority. In 2010 he was a member of the national inquiry into food labelling. Currently, he is a member of the SA Controlled Substances Council and the SA Public Health Council.  

Dr Kirstin Ross 


Dr Kirstin Ross is a Lecturer in Environmental Health at Flinders University. Her research interests are Indigenous environmental health, environmental toxicology and engaging with communities on environmental health issues. She is a councillor with Environmental Health Australia (SA Branch) and was recently involved in presenting an overview of risk assessment to EHOs responsible for implementing the new Public Health Act 2011 (SA) at SA Health/LGA's Public Health Short Course.

Dr Michael Taylor 

  Dr Michael Taylor completed his PhD in the School of the Environment in 2011; the focus of this work was the detection and disinfection of microbial biofilms containing the human pathogen Legionella pneumophila. H continued his work with organisms of public health concern and carried out a 12 month survey of the indoor air quality of buildings in Adelaide and identified the range and concentration of fungal spores most commonly present in workplaces. He has recently begun to focus more intently on mycology and have an active interest in the culture and use of fungi in agricultural and industrial applications. Currently he is working with Dr Kirstin Ross to develop online teaching tools to assist training environmental health officers and emergency service personnel.

Dr Ben van den Akker 

  Ben is a research wastewater microbiologist within the Source, Wastewater and Environment Research Group within SA Water Corporation. Ben's principal research interests are in environmental and public health microbiology relating to wastewater treatment and reuse. This includes the application quantitative microbial risk assessment techniques for the management of water quality and public health. 

Dr Harriet Whiley 


Harriet Whiley’s areas of expertise are Public Health, Risk Assessment and Environmental Microbiology. She undertook a PhD with Flinders University in collaboration with The South Australian Water Corporation investigating the presence of Legionella and Mycobacterium avium complex in South Australian drinking and reuse water distribution pipelines. She is currently working at Flinders University as a researcher and developing teaching resources. 






Past Guest Speakers

Prof Don Bursill

  Prof Bursill has had some 40 years experience in the water industry in Australia, mostly in SAWater. In 2005, he stepped down as its Chief Scientist - a position he had held for 17 years. His experience is focused mainly on water quality, water treatment and water resources management. He led a national team that successfully established the CRCWQT under the Australian Government's CRC program and was CEO of that Centre from 1995-2005.  

Captain Alvin Chun 

  Captain Chun is Director, National Center for Risk Communication and Public Involvement in the USEPA, San Francisco. Al's 30 yr career with the US Public Health Service has taken him to many positions in the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and with the US Environmental Protection Agency. His work has involved working with people as an investigator, industrial hygiene engineer, environmental engineer, management analyst, manager, mentor, public speaker and trainer. (Course 2)

Prof Nancy Cromar

  Nancy is Prof in Environmental Health at Flinders University. Her research focus is on health-related aspects of water quality and microbiological risk assessment with specific interest in survival of pathogenic microorganisms in aquatic environments. She has recently been involved in drafting the ‘Guidelines for Microbiological Water Quality in Recreational Environments' in Australia for NHMRC. Prof Cromar is the senior editor of the new Oxford University Press text ‘Environmental Health in Australia and New Zealand'. She was the Convenor of the National Short Courses in Environmental Health from 1996 to 2011 and an ‘expert member' of the Public & Environmental Health Council of SA since 1995. She also sits on the advisory board for the AIEH journal Environmental Health.  

Dr Richard Evans


Dr Richard Evans doctoral dissertation was conducted in the Department of Environmental Health at the Flinders University of South Australia. His study included an examination of ecological processes central to phyto-remediation of domestic and industrial wastewaters and the application of mathematical models as a means of representing oxygen dynamics in these systems. Richard has 15 years experience within an academic research environment, and prior to moving to the Department of Health had the opportunity to work as an environmental consultant in Adelaide. Within government he has participated in investigations assessing the impacts of improperly disposed volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons from industry on neighbouring communities.

Prof Anthony McMichael 

  Prof McMichael currently holds an Australia Fellowship (2007-2012) from NHMRC at ANU, is Honorary Professor in Climate Change and Human Health at the University of Copenhagen, and Honorary Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   His primary research focus is on global climate change, environmental conditions and human health.  

Dr Richard Walker

  Dr Walker has over 36 years experience in the water industry. Since 2000 Richard has been Manager Drinking Water Quality for WaterCorp (WA). He played a key role in implementing the 1996 and 2004 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) across the state. A member of the Advisory Committee for the Purity of Water (peak water quality body in WA), he was recently involved in the review 2010 ADWG. 

Prof Alistair Woodward  

  Prof Woodward has been Head of the School of Population Health at University of Auckland, New Zealand since 2004.  Research interests include tobacco, radio-frequency radiation and health, transporyt and injury, and climate change.  He has worked for the WHO throughout the Pacific, and was on the writing team of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th assessment reports of the IPCC.