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Wind Farms and Human Health Reference Group

Member information and Declarations of interest

NHMRC asked each expert reference group member to document their interests and involvement (financial and non-financial) in activities regarding wind turbines and human health issues. The members were also asked to consider perceived conflict of interest as well as real interests.

The members were specifically asked to identify, to the best of their ability, interests regarding:

Reference Group Members

Professor Bruce Armstrong (Chair)

Professor of Public Health and Medical Foundation Fellow, Public Health
School of Public Health
The University of Sydney

Relevant experience:

Professor Armstrong is internationally recognised for his research into the causes and prevention of skin cancer and melanoma.  His present research covers genetic and environmental causes of cancer and the quality and performance of cancer services.

Declared Interests:

Professor Armstrong has no declared interests.

Professor Ronald Grunstein

Professor of Sleep Medicine, Central Clinical School
Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
The University of Sydney

Relevant experience:

Declared Interests:

Professor Grunstein has no declared interests.

Professor Debra Rickwood

Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Health, University of Canberra
Head, Clinical Leadership and Research
Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Relevant experience:

Declared Interests:

Professor Rickwood has no declared interests.

Professor Wayne Smith

Director, Environmental Health Branch, NSW Health
Conjoint Professor of Epidemiology, University of Newcastle
Honorary Professor of Public Health, University of Sydney

Relevant experience:

Declared Interests:

In his capacity as Director, Environmental Health Branch at NSW Health, he has been required to undertake the following tasks relating to wind turbines and their health effects; comment objectively on potential health risks from environmental sources, comment on guidelines, attend meetings with interested parties to discuss scientific evidence and critically appraise grey literature in briefings to the Chief Health Officer and Minister for Health.

He holds two professorial positions, neither position, or the associated duties causes any past or foreseeable conflicts of interest.

Professor Michael Abramson

Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
School of Public Health & Preventative Medicine
Monash University

Relevant experience:

Declared Interests:

Professor Abramson has no declared interests.

Dr Elizabeth Hanna

Convenor – Climate Change Adaptation Research Network – Human Health
Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment

Relevant Expertise:

Declared Interests:

Guideline Development:

As National Convener of the Environmental Health Special Interest Group, Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), Dr Hanna developed PHAA’s policies on climate change.

Research Funding:

Is a Coordination Investigator (CI) on several NHMRC grants researching the health impacts of climate change.


The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) developed a Submission to the Inquiry on the Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms. Dr Hanna was not an author or contributor to the report, however, during the development phase she was on the CAHA email list and had access to draft versions.

Dr Hanna is also the Royal College of Nursing Australian representative on the CAHA Committee of Management.

Dr Norm Broner

Practice Leader – Acoustics, Noise and Vibration
Sinclair Knight Merz

Relevant experience:

Declared Interests:

Guideline Development:

Developed low frequency noise limits that have been adopted by the NSW Department of Planning.


Has published papers on infrasound and low frequency noise since 1976.

Anne McKenzie

Consumer Advocate
The University of Western Australia’s School of Population Health and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research

Relevant experience:

Declared Interests:

Ms McKenzie has no declared interests.