Dr Jackie Wright
Adjunct senior lecturer at Flinders University
Dr Jackie Wright has been working in the field of environmental risk assessment and toxicology for over 25 years and is the Director of Environmental Risk Sciences Pty Ltd. This work has involved evaluating human health and environmental risks posed by a wider range of chemicals from a broad range of sources and industries. Her work has also included the development of national guidelines including the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) for Contaminated Sites, various guidance with CRC CARE and the Australian Crime Commission Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines. She completed her PhD “Exposures and Risk Associated with Clandestine Amphetamine-Type Stimulant Drug Laboratories” in 2016 and is continuing this research post completion of her PhD. Her research has been incorporated into the 2017 update of the enHealth Position Statement of Clandestine Drug Laboratories. Her paper “Adverse Health Effects Associated with Living in a Former Methamphetamine Drug Laboratory – Victoria, Australia, 2015” won the Best Case Study with the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency and National Institute of Forensic Science in 2017.
Summary of current research projects
Continued research on characterising exposure and health effects for individuals exposed in methamphetamine contaminated properties. This work is continuing in Australia and New Zealand.
Collaboration with NSW Police to obtain data on exposure levels and biological data to evaluate workplace exposures for police undertaking a range of activities, and implications for assessing results of mandatory drug screening results.
Collaboration with Professor David Grandy, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Oregon Health & Science University on molecular mechanisms by which methamphetamine affects the human body and behaviour.
Ongoing collaboration with Australian Local and Commonwealth agencies in relation to legislation and guidance around methamphetamine contamination. Jackie is the co-chair of the Methamphetamine and Illicit Drug Interest Group within the Australian Land and Groundwater Association.
Development of guidance on vapour intrusion and weathered petroleum hydrocarbons with CRC CARE. Characterisation of particulate health effects and impacts on the community from major infrastructure projects.
Website - Environmental Risk Sciences (Jackie is the Director): www.enrisks.com.au