Public interest and toxic chemicals

Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, John Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road) Camperdown, NSW, Australia

Start Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 Start Time: 1800

End Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 End Time: 1900

The power of journalism and the science behind hazardous chemicals on our health

In 1982 Kerry O’Brien won the Gold Walkley – the highest honour in Australian journalism – for his TV documentary Circle of Poison, exploring the environmental effects of hazardous chemicals.

Today we’re much more aware of the effects of chemicals on our health, animals and the environment; but we’re still uncovering cancer clusters and filing class actions, such as the recent case against a popular weedkiller.

But how do the health hazards of chemicals go undetected, and how can we as a society better prevent and protect against this?

Hear Kerry discuss these issues with Professor Tim Driscoll, an expert in work-related injury and diseases from University of Sydney’s School of Public Health. Investigative journalist Carrie Fellner (Sydney Morning Herald), who has won awards for her reporting on illness clusters and toxic environments, will moderate this conversation. 

This Sydney Ideas event is co-presented by the University of Sydney with The Walkley Foundation.

Organisation: The University of Sydney


Topic: Health / Medical