"The team is made up of chemists, sewer engineers, epidemiologists, drug researchers and legal academics. It has secured funding to conduct analyses of public wastewater as well as to develop SSWA for the corrective services setting. Analyses of public wastewater samples began in November 2009 and the first wave of results are currently being analysed for submission to a peer reviewed science journal. At the time of writing, corrective services in two Australian jurisdictions had agreed to participate in a SSWA study of prisons. Sampling is anticipated to begin before the close of the 2010/11 financial year. There are two important and original aspects of the method designed for the upcoming prison SSWA study. These are (a) the method of sampling and (b) the application of the science longitudinally to sensitively measure the effectiveness of supply and demand reduction strategies within prisons."
Raimondo Bruno : University of Tasmania
Dr Raimondo Bruno has been involved in the drug and alcohol sector for the past decade in numerous research, evaluation, and consultancy roles. His main research interests include the cognitive consequences of use of medications and illicit drugs; illicit drug market trends; and approaches to reduce the harms associated with substance use.
Coral Gartner University of Queensland
Dr Coral Gartner is a NHMRC Post-doctoral research fellow with a background in environmental health and epidemiology. Her previous research has included control of the dengue fever vector, Aedes aegypti and risk factors for Parkinson’s disease. Her current primary research field is in the area of tobacco control policy. Her research interests include tobacco harm reduction and monitoring community illicit drug use via wastewater analysis. Her research methods include secondary analysis of national survey data and epidemiological modelling.
Wayne Hall University of Queensland
Professor Wayne Hall is an NHMRC Australia Fellow at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. Wayne works on addiction and related topics from the perspectives of advances in genetics and neuroscience and leads a group of 10 whose focus is on research on addiction and presents their analyses in a way that will inform ethical and public policy debates about these applications.
Dr K Paul Kirkbride, Australian Federal Police **
KP Kirkbride's qualifications are in synthetic organic chemistry. He has been involved in forensic science since 1986, and is currently Chief Scientist with the Australian Federal Police Forensic and Data Centres.
Jochen Mueller Queensland Health
Jochen's has studied at the University of Hohenheim (Master Agric.-Biol, 1992) and at Griffith University (PhD 1997). Early research focused on transfer pathways of dioxin-like chemcials from contaminated sites into (food) plants. He developed an arteficial leave to better understand processes which lead to his interest in passive sampling techniques. In 1997 he joined Entox where over the years established a research focus on sources, fate and human exposure to persistent organic pollutants. He lead various studies for Australia's National Dioxin Program and subsequent the Brominated Flame Retardant Programs. His work on passive samplers and bioanalytical techniques has received support from ARC and many industry partners. He has commenced a sample archive with the aim to allow retrospective analysis of changes in pollutant exposure in Australia.
Foon Lai, University of Queensland
Foon Lai is a PhD student in environmental chemistry with particular in analysis of illicit drugs in wastewater
Christoph Ort University of Queensland **
Dr Orf holds an M.Sc. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, ETH and a Phd in environmental engineering (ETH and Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Institute of Environmental Engineering).
Phong Thai, University of Queensland
Phong is a research fellow at the University of Queensland. His research has been on the fate and transport of pesticides used in agriculture and currently he is also interested in the fate of illicit drugs in wastewater.
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