Australasian Radiation protection society 2023 conference

Sea World Resort Conference Centre | Gold Coast Queensland | 29 October - 2 November 2023

Australasian Radiation protection society 2023 conference

Sea Word Resort Conference Centre
Gold Coast Queensland
29 October - 2 November 2023

Panel Discussion

Setting the Scene for Nuclear

Date 30 October 2023
Time 3.50pm – 5.20pm

The energy resource landscape in Australia may change in the future. More recently, Australia has taken an initiative to operate nuclear powered submarines; and small modular nuclear reactors (SMR) have been discussed as an emerging technology for Australia.

A panel of experts has been formed to start discussions within ARPS on what practical considerations need to be in place for Australia to be ready for a nuclear future and, importantly, what it means to us – Australia’s radiation practitioners.

For example, you may be wondering what environmental benchmarks/databases need to be in place? What do we need to do to ensure that Australia has the workforce capability and capacity for our new future? What needs to be considered to perform sound risk assessments in this emerging domain? Your ‘real life’ questions and comments are important and, though the panel members will attempt to provide some answers, your questions and perspectives will help shape the work of ARPS for the next few years.

The outcome from this panel discussion is to collect the thoughts of current radiation practitioners, and to capture those practical questions that will need to be tackled as a new nuclear technology industry emerges in Australia. This will then help enable ARPS to be sufficiently informed to influence and participate in Australia’s journey as we strive to seek answers to the big question – ‘where to from here?’.


Professor Pete Bryant

An experienced Environmental and Radiation Protection Professional & Scientist within the Nuclear Power and Contaminated Land Sectors with over 15 year’s experience working across the

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Jasmin Diab

Jasmin describes herself, somewhat modestly, as a mum, leader, nerd and diversity advocate. She is also the President of Women in Nuclear Australia, the Oceania

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Dr Marcus Grzechnik

Doctor Marcus Grzechnik qualified for his PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Adelaide in 2000, investigating contaminant transport in the southern Australian ocean.

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Dr Joanne Lackenby

Dr Joanne Lackenby (Jo) has over 15 years’ experience in the nuclear sector in Australia, the majority at the OPAL research reactor specialising in nuclear

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Henriette Rossouw

Henriëtte is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in the mining and consulting industries, particularly in Australia and South Africa. Her career began as an

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William Shackel

William Shackel is the 17-year-old founder of Nuclear for Australia (the nation’s first youth-lead campaign for Nuclear Energy). Through his campaign, he shares facts and

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