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6 March 2017

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A discussion between technical experts, doctors and scientists about the production of nuclear medicine and its use in Australia was viewed live by people in South Australia, NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT.

Organised by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the webinar on 23 February gave communities the opportunity to hear and engage in a discussion about the production of nuclear medicine, international markets, and nuclear medicine’s role in Australia’s health landscape.

The webinar was an opportunity for open debate around the topic, in the context of the process to find a location for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Michael Sheldrick from the Department said that the webinar was educational and interesting, providing a great chance for people to see the whole picture.

“Nuclear medicine has become a significant part of the conversation around the siting of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility,” Mr Sheldrick said.

“Much of the waste that will be stored at the national facility is associated with the production of nuclear medicine, so how we produce it has been a topic of interest for much of the community.

“The Department would like to thank each of the panel members who participated, for their time and contribution to ensuring the community is informed, and for being involved in this important conversation.

“We were very pleased to see that the focus remained on nuclear medicine, and that it was productive in helping communities understand more on the topics on a variety of levels.

“We would also like to thank everyone who tuned into the broadcast for their time and participation, and we hope that you enjoyed listening.”

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