Independent Human Health Risk Assessment for the Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Program

In June 2016, the Hon. Mark Speakman MP, Minister for the Environment, requested that the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane, assist the Lord Howe Island Board (the Board) in undertaking an independent Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) in relation to the proposed Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Program in line with the Terms of Reference below.

Opportunity to engage with HHRA contractor

The Office of NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer has engaged Ramboll Environ Australia Pty Ltd to undertake the independent HHRA. As part of the process, Ramboll Environ Australia Pty Ltd, along with a representative from the Office of NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer will travel to Lord Howe Island to gather information about Lord Howe Island for the HHRA and to talk to the community. The visit is planned for 8 to 10 November 2016. Further information on the community meeting will be provided by post office box drop.

Public Submissions

In addition to the community meeting, submissions from the public were welcome and made to the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer.

Submissions are now closed.

Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Program Human Health Risk Assessment Expert Panel - Terms of Reference

The Board is working to implement the Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication Program. In developing the Program, the Board has committed to commissioning an independent HHRA for the Rodent Eradication Program, and to have the HHRA independently reviewed.

To assist in the process of developing the independent HHRA, the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is requested to:

  1. Provide advice to the Board on processes for commissioning the HHRA including identification of suitable experts and scope of the request for proposal
  2. Convene an Expert Panel to review proposals to undertake the HHRA and select a preferred candidate; review project plans and methodologies; and review draft and final reports of the HHRA as required
  3. Provide advice to the Minister for the Environment on the HHRA
  4. Respond to media enquires as they relate to the Terms of Reference for the Expert Panel

Members of the Panel

Professor Mary O'Kane, Chair
Mary O'Kane is the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer.

Dr Chris Armstrong, Deputy Chair
Chris Armstrong is the Director of the Office of Chief Scientist & Engineer, NSW.

Professor Brian Priestly
Brian Priestly is Director of the Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment (ACHHRA) associated with the Monash University School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine and an Independent Environmental Services Professional.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder
Stephen Leeder is an emeritus professor of public health and community medicine at the University of Sydney. He is also currently chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board.

Further Information

Lord Howe Island Board – Rodent Eradication