Coal Health Study Blog

Coal Health Speaking Tour

Posted in Uncategorized by coalhealthadmin on November 6, 2009


Aerial view of a portion of the ecological devastation in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia.
Photo Credit: Staff of Lee Rhiannon, Greens MP

In support of the Australian communities situated atop the New South Wales (NSW) coalfields, Dr. Dick van Steenis has volunteered to perform a Coal Health Speaking Tour next month. Dr. van Steenis is renown for investigating matters of public health in circumstances where the levers of corporate and/or political power may be positioned against the interests of the people whose health is in question. Over the past 15 years, Dr. van Steenis has researched the health effects of such particulate-generating operations as power stations, rubbish incinerators, and open-cast coal mines.

Event Organizers: Dr. Steve Robinson and Murray Pakes
Event Facilitators and Researchers: Dr. Kirstie Stramler and Nicholas Roberts

Sun 06 Dec 2009 — Gloucester Basin Coalfield Lecture
Location: Gloucester
Venue: Senior Citizens Centre, 30 Hume St, Gloucester, NSW 2422
Time: 2.30PM
Media Contact: Jane Stevenson coaldoctor {at}

Mon 07 Dec 2009 — Liverpool Plains Lecture (within Gunnedah Basin Coalfield)
Location: Caroona
Venue: Caroona Hall, Caroona NSW 2343
Time: 7.00PM
Contact: Pauline Roberts pjr {at}
Website: Caroona Coal Action Group (CCAG)

Tue 08 Dec 2009 — Upper Hunter Coalfield Lecture
Location: Musswelbrook
Venue: Ron Adams Room, Muswellbrook Workers Club, Sydney Rd, Muswellbrook
Time: 7.00PM
Contact: Bev Smiles 0428 817 282
Invitation of: Minewatch

Wed 09 Dec 2009 — Lower Hunter Coalfield Lecture
Location: Singleton
Venue: Singleton Returned Services Club, York St
Time: 7.00PM
Contact: John Drinan jnadrinan {at}
Invitation of: Singleton Shire Health Environment Group

Thu 10 Dec 2009 — Newcastle Coal Port Lecture
Location: Hamilton
Venue: Gallipoli Club
Time: 6-10PM
Contact: TBA
Website: Rising Tide Australia

Fri 11 Dec 2009 — EDO Seminar on the Health Impacts of Coal
Note: This event has been timed to occur with Dr. van Steenis’ speaking tour, but Dr. van Steenis will not be speaking at this event.
Location: Sydney
Venue: Maddocks, Angel Place, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Time: 1.00PM – 2.30PM (requested arrival time 12.30PM for prompt 1.00PM start)
Contact: or (02) 9262 6989
Website: Environmental Defenders NSW Free Coal Seminar

These events are open to the public.

If the contact for your regional event has not yet been announced, email coaldoctor {at} to be put on the mailing list for that event.