Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Alkyl Substances – National Health Research Program

As part of the Australian Government’s response to potential per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination on or near Commonwealth sites, this measure establishes a national research program into the human health effects of PFAS. The aim is to increase the evidence and understanding of potential human health effects from prolonged exposure to PFAS.

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The program will be administered by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with grant funding to be delivered to researchers through a call for proposals.

An expert health panel, comprising Australian and international health experts, will be established, with one of its roles being identifying priority areas for research.

Why is this important?

There is currently no consistent evidence that exposure to PFAS causes adverse health effects. However, PFAS contamination is an emerging issue and further research is needed to determine to a greater level of certainty, whether there are any potential health impacts caused by exposure.

Who will benefit?

This measure will benefit communities impacted by PFAS contamination through increasing the understanding of the potential for any human health effects caused by exposure to PFAS.

This increased understanding will also inform appropriate responses to PFAS contamination by the Government.

How much will this cost?

This measure will cost $12.5 million from 2017–18 to 2020–21. Funding for this program is within existing resources in the Department of Defence and Department of Health.

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