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Public Consultation on NHMRC Draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health

Closes on Friday, 11 April 2014, 05:00pm (AEDT)

NHMRC is currently seeking feedback [1] on a draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health [2], which provides the Australian community with a summary of the evidence on whether wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans.

The draft NHMRC Information Paper is based on the Systematic review of the human health effects of wind farms [3], an independent review of the available scientific literature examining the possible impacts of wind farms on human health. The independent review was commissioned by NHMRC and conducted by Adelaide Health Technology Assessment. The independent review has been released for background only, to assist interested parties in considering the draft Information Paper. The content of the independent review report is not part of the consultation.

Further information on NHMRC’s review of wind farms and human health can be found on the NHMRC website.

You are invited to make a submission to NHMRC by answering the questions listed in the online submission form and providing any additional evidence for consideration.

Submissions of evidence

NHMRC will take into account the level, quality, strength and relevance of any additional evidence submitted in response to Question 3 to Question 6 [3. Is there additional evidence on any health or health-related effects specifically related to distance from wind turbines or exposure to emissions from wind turbines?  4. Is there additional evidence on the likely level of exposure to emissions produced by wind farms at nearby residences?  5. Is there additional evidence on whether it is plausible that noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation (of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms) might affect healthy functioning of the human body?  6. Is there additional evidence of health and health-related effects observed from other sources producing noise, shadow flicker and electromagnetic radiation of the type and at the levels produced by wind farms?]. NHMRC’s approach for assessing evidence is consistent with an internationally accepted standard. NHMRC’s Evidence Hierarchy is available at:

NHMRC additional levels of evidence and grades for recommendations for developers of guidelines (PDF, 67KB) [4]

Any additional evidence that is submitted will be considered in the context of the body of evidence already discussed in the systematic review report.

Any additional evidence must meet the inclusion criteria that are specified for each of Question 3 to Question 6 in order to be considered by NHMRC. Personal stories, medical records and raw data will not be considered.

Please check the References section of NHMRC’s systematic review report prior to submitting evidence. Studies that have already been considered by NHMRC do not need to be resubmitted.

Please submit evidence in the form of a full citation to the relevant study or article, and a web link to full text of the study (if possible). The particular document should be easily identifiable from the citation. Documents (e.g. full text articles) cannot be uploaded through NHMRC’s online public consultation portal and should not be provided to NHMRC via email or post. NHMRC will source the full text of submitted citations as required.

NHMRC will only give consideration to submissions that address the public consultation questions and meet the criteria regarding evidence discussed below.

All submissions must be made through this online public consultation portal. If this is not possible, please contact the NHMRC Project Officer to make alternative arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE THAT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Consultation documents
CEO Invitation to comment (PDF, 152KB) [5]
NHMRC Draft Information Paper: Evidence on Wind Farms and Human Health (PDF, 911KB) [2]

Closure date

Please note the Timezone is AEDT.

Closes on: Friday, 11 April 2014 – 5:00pm
Extension:

How to make your submission

The preferred option for public submissions is the Online method below. If you have already registered on this site please login here.

For further information please view the Submission Guidelines [6] page.

Online (preferred option):

» Create new account [7] or » Log in [8]

Mail:

Project Officer – Wind Farms and Human Health
GPO Box 1421, CANBERRA ACT 2601

Fax: (02) 6217 9035

All submissions made via email (if permitted) or mail must use the following template:

Offline submission form (DOCX, 347KB) [9]
Offline submission form (DOC, 386KB) [10]