New expertise for Radiation Protection Committee
The EPA welcomed five new radiation experts to its Radiation Protection Committee (RPC).
They are radiographer Cara Kirsten, scenitific expert Dr Nigel Spooner and industrial radiation expert Melissa Holzberger as members. There are also two new deputy members, scenitific expert Dr Judith Pollard and environmental sciences expert Iris Dobrzinski.
Ms Kirsten is the Managing Director of Sound Radiology and one of the founders of Sound Radiology. She has a background in clinical ultrasound, education and team management spanning more than 15 years. Dr Spooner holds the position of Adjunct Professor, Head, Environmental Luminescence Group at the University of Adelaide, and Ms Holzberger is the Founding Principal of the law firm, Sloan Holzberger Lawyers and a member of the Commonwealth’s Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council.
Deputy Member Dr Pollard is a Visiting Research Fellow and Lecturer for the Department of Physics at University of Adelaide. She has received numerous prestigious awards including the Australian Institute of Physics Education Medal (2008), and the Dean's Certificate of Excellence in Teaching in the discipline of Physics and Mathematical Physics (1996). Ms Iris Dobrzinski is currently the Principal Policy Officer in Science and Innovation at the Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology.
The Radiation Protection Committee (RPC) was officially appointed on 27 May for the next 18-month term, expiring on 26 November 2015.
The committee comprises 10 members and deputy members appointed by the Governor and it reviews the actual and potential exposures of harmful radiation to South Australians.
The functions of the committee are to advise the Minister in relation to the formulation of regulations and licence conditions under the Radiation Protection and Control Act 1982, as well as investigate and report on any matters relevant to the administration of the Act.