Professor Brian Priestly

Professor Brian Priestly 

Areas of specialisation

  • Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • Human Health Risk assessment and regulatory control of hazardous chemicals


  • 1963: B. Pharm – Sydney University
  • 1965: M.Pharm – Sydney University
  • 1968: PhD Pharm – Sydney University

Recent committees

  • Australian Drug Evaluation Committee (Associate member - toxicology) 
  • Australasian College of Toxicology & Risk Assessment (President 2008-11, Fellow 2014-present) 
  • NICNAS Advisory Group on Nanotechnology (member) 
  • Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee (member) 
  • Expert advisory panel for the SE Queensland recycled water project (member) 
  • Community Consultative Committee for the Botany Industrial Park remediation programs
  • Program Advisory Committees for several University projects on environmental contaminants


  • Over 100 Publications, including Journal Articles and reports on health risk assessment of environmental chemicals

Relevant experience

  • 2003 - Current: Professorial Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (Fractional appointment since 1 April 2009) School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; Director, Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment (ACHHRA)
  • 2001 - 2003: Director (SPRS), Laboratories Branch, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) - Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
  • 1992 - 2001: Scientific Director, (SPRS) various parts of the Commonwealth Health portfolio departments, managing chemicals health risk assessment and regulation
  • 1980 - 1992: Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, University of Adelaide (Deputy Head)
  • 1973 - 2016: Participation in more than 50 national and international expert panels dealing with hazardous chemicals assessment and regulation 
  • 2000 - 2016: Development and update of national guidance documents and health-based standards for managing environmental health risks