Estimating per capita use and release of chemicals by wastewater analysis (2016–2020)

Abstract:
This proposed project aims to assess human use and exposure to chemicals including drugs, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle chemicals, and unintentional exposure to environmental pollutants in the Australian population through the systematic collection and analysis of wastewater. Its unique outcome includes the estimate of per-capita human exposure to chemicals and the release of thereof as it combines temporal sampling from key sewage treatment plants with comprehensive nationwide sampling over the week of the 2016 Census day. The outcomes will provide accurate and objective per-capita based consumption and release estimates for a wide range of chemicals that will provide a baseline against which to measure changes in our chemosphere
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • UQ Fellow
    Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Associate Professor
    School of Public Health
    Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor
    Centre for Youth Substance Abuse
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
    Affiliate Professor
    Queensland Brain Institute
  • Senior Research Fellow
    Advanced Water Management Centre
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council