Clinical trial to reduce PFAS in blood a world first

Issue date: Friday, 28 August 2020

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A parliamentary inquiry into PFAS remediation in and around Defence bases will hear on Monday about a world first study being conducted to reduce PFAS levels in blood.

Chair of the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP said that the Macquarie University is being funded by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) to conduct this $1.2 million study.

‘Last week the Sub-committee heard from the United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFUA) about high levels of PFAS exposure among firefighters and work with MFB to promote their participation in the Macquarie University’s PFAS blood screening program,’ Dr McVeigh said.

The Macquarie University’s PFAS Clinical Study aims to discover whether a simple intervention program involving whole blood donation every 12 weeks or plasma donation every six weeks over a 52-week period can reduce PFAS levels in firefighters’ blood.

'The Macquarie University is supporting firefighters to find a feasible and practical solution to the occupational hazards of their work’, Dr McVeigh said. ‘However, this unique study may help all those affected by PFAS, as research into its potential health impacts continues’.

The Macquarie University’s submission (no. 11) to the inquiry sets out information on the study, its timeframe and methodology. Submissions from the UFUA and Fire Rescue Victoria (now representing MFB) are also available on the inquiry site.

Public hearing details

Date: Monday 31 August 2020
Time: ~3:40 pm to 4:30pm
Location: Committee Room IR4, Parliament House, Canberra
via teleconference

The hearing will be audio streamed live at

Media inquiries

Dr John McVeigh MP
Chair of the PFAS Sub-committee
(02) 6277 4277

For background information

For further details about the scrutiny process and the Committee’s public hearing program contact:
Committee Secretary
Sub-committee Secretariat
(02) 6277 2313

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