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Public interest and toxic chemicals

The power of journalism and the science behind hazardous chemicals on our health
Join public health expert Professor Tim Driscoll and Walkley Award-winning journalists Kerry O'Brien and Carrie Fellner, as they discuss the role of scientific research and journalism to uncover the dangers of widely used chemicals.

Event details
Date and time:
 Thursday 19 September, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all with online registrations essential

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.

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This event is co-presented with The Walkley Foundation. You may also be interested in our next event collaboration, How the Waterfront Dispute changed industrial relations in Australia on October 28.

Event information

This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.

Simply click the 'Register now' button or follow this link.

Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first-in, best-dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.

We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start time. 

If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.

This venue provides infrared hearing system. You can take the lift down to Level B1 to reach the Auditorium Foyer. There are wheelchair spaces available for seating.

Access requirements

If you have other access requirements or want more information, get in touch with us on 9351 2943 or email with 'Access | Sep 19 – Toxic chemicals' in the subject line at the earliest opportunity to allow us time to organise for any additional services in time for the event.

Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium is on Level 1 of the building opposite Charles Perkins Centre Hub on John Hopkins Drive (next to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), off Missenden Road.

You can also enter via the Ross Street entrance: the venue is next to the ovals.

Public transport

The closest bus stop is the University of Sydney Ross Street Gate, Parramatta Road (Opposite Glebe Officeworks). It is a five-minute walk to the venue. Use the University Campus Map tool to locate the bus stop. You can take the bus from Central Station (routes 412, 413, 436, 438, 440, 461, 480).

The venue is roughly a 30 minute walk from Redfern station.

There is some on-street parking around Forest Lodge and Glebe.

There is also paid parking available at Western Avenue Carpark. Head to the University's Parking page for more information about fees and opening hours.

Use the University Campus Maps tool to find out more details about parking and access areas: search for the 'Charles Perkins Centre'. 

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