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Investigation into Health Concerns at Milpera State High School

In April 2007 staff at Milpera State High School (SHS) raised concerns in relation to the number of cases of cancer at the site, in particular breast cancer. Staff concerns were heightened by uncertainty in relation to the history of the school site and the belief that the site had previously been used as a domestic refuse disposal site.

In response to these concerns, the Department of Education, Training and the Arts (DETA) commenced a detailed investigation, incorporating environmental and epidemiological assessments. Based on the assessments undertaken at Milpera SHS in 2007, there were no risks or contaminates identified that currently pose a risk to human health or link the incidence of cancer to the Milpera State School site. The executive summaries for these studies of Milpera SHS site are available below:

As part of these investigations a Technical Working Group and Stakeholder Reference Group were formed.

The Technical Working Group consisted of technical representative experts that established the study design and provided technical advice on site history, environmental and workplace monitoring, exposure risks and epidemiological analysis.

The Stakeholder Reference Group included school staff, relevant stakeholder representation, the regional Health and Safety Consultant and Employee Advisor. This group provided input to the Technical Working Group on issues of concerns to staff at Milpera State High School in relation to breast cancer.

Staff of Milpera State High School were kept fully informed of the progress of the investigation.

For further information contact Mr Mark Hewison, Organisational Health on (07) 3405 6358 or email.

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