• 10 FEB 18
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    AOCRP-5 and its Groundhog Day Approach to radiofrequency health science

     The Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) is hosting the 5th Asian and Oceanic IRPA Regional Congress on Radiation Protection – AOCRP5– in Melbourne, Australia during 20 – 23 May 2018. Too bad the term “radiation protection” is a misnomer which really means  defining “protection” strictly in accordance with ICNIRP’s time-worn orthodoxy. Dare I say a “Procrustean Approach”  in which “protection” is limited to immediate and hazardous radiofrequency/microwave radiation of the intensity to cause thermal biological damage. The same old line endlessly repeated and somewhat reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day where the same day just keeps on repeating itself over and over and over…..At least in the movie some things were slowly learned by the main character Phil Connors – but not so in relation to adequate health protection with the folks at ARPS, IRPA and ICNIRP.

    If anyone wants to spend a thousand dollars or so to attend this recirculating non-event of expert groupthink you could also attend an exciting course by none other than  Rodney Croft, the great defender of all things ICNIRP and if you think you have EHS you’re nuts. Rodney’s talk is titled: Overview of the radiofrequency health science and its relation to international guidelines. If the title doesn’t say it all, here is  AOCPR5‘s blurb on his course:

    Rodney Croft is Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia. He obtained degrees in Philosophy and Psychology before completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Wollongong in 2000, and then worked in the area of cognitive neuroscience as a postdoc at Imperial College, London, and then at Swinburne University, Australia. His research focuses on the delineation of human brain function, particularly as it relates to agents that might affect it (e.g. electromagnetic fields, illicit and medicinal drugs), as well as psychiatry more generally. He has been involved in research on ELF and RF non-ionising radiation since 2000, primarily utilising the electroencephalogram as a means of observing subtle alterations in brain function, as well as risk perception and communication more generally. He is a commissioner with the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and Chairs the ICNIRP revision of its high frequency guidelines, was Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (2004-2011) and is currently Director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (from 2013).
    Course Summary
    Radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMF) are used to enable a number of wireless technologies, ranging from FM and emergency radio, to mobile telecommunications and Wi-Fi. Given the ubiquity of such technologies and the resultant EMF exposure to humans, it is important to understand the effect of RF exposure on human health. This presentation will provide a brief overview of: 1/ the RF EMF health science; and 2/ the EMF guidelines developed by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) to provide guidance on the safe use of RF EMF.

    See the AOCRP-5 website here

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