Response to Australian Medical Association‏

The following position statement from the Australian Medical Association regarding wind turbines and health is enraging people around the world. Reaction has been swift with some very powerful responses. Some of them are public and are being uploaded at the following two websites.

wind-farms-and-health-2014 position

Australian Medical Association

Wind Farms and Health – 2014


Wind turbine technology is considered a comparatively inexpensive and effective means of energy production. Wind turbines generate sound, including infrasound, which is very low frequency noise that is generally inaudible to the human ear. Infrasound is ubiquitous in the environment, emanating from natural sources (e.g. wind, rivers) and from artificial sources including road traffic, ventilation systems, aircraft and other machinery. All modern wind turbines in Australia are designed to be upwind, with the blade in front of the tower. These upwind turbines generate much lower levels of infrasound and low frequency sound.

Infrasound levels in the vicinity of wind farms have been measured and compared to a number of urban and rural environments away from wind farms. The results of these measurements have shown that in rural residences both near to and far away from wind turbines, both indoor and outdoor infrasound levels are well below the perception threshold, and no greater than that experienced in other rural and urban environments.

AMA Position

  • The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that the infrasound or low frequency sound generated by wind farms, as they are currently regulated in Australia, causes adverse health effects on populations residing in their vicinity. The infrasound and low frequency sound generated by modern wind farms in Australia is well below the level where known health effects occur, and there is no accepted physiological mechanism where sub-audible infrasound could cause health effects.
  • Individuals residing in the vicinity of wind farms who do experience adverse health or well-being, may do so as a consequence of their heightened anxiety or negative perceptions regarding wind farm developments in their area. Individuals who experience heightened anxiety or diminished health and well-being in the context of local wind farms should seek medical advice.
  • The reporting of ‘health scares’ and misinformation regarding wind farm developments may contribute to heightened anxiety and community division, and over-rigorous regulation of these developments by state governments.
  • The regulation of wind farm developments should be guided entirely by the evidence regarding their impacts and benefits. Such regulation should ensure that structured and extensive local community consultation and engagement is undertaken at the outset of planning, in order to minimise misinformation, anxiety and community division.
  • Electricity generation by wind turbines does not involve production of greenhouse gases, other pollutant emissions or waste, all of which can have significant direct and indirect health effects.






2 responses to “Response to Australian Medical Association‏

  1. I am amazed at the AMA’s position on wind turbines. I thought that the AMA would at least support an independent research as the Kelley report some 30 years ago found problems. Why is it that the wind industry has either hidden or ignored? I have spoken to some of the people affected by WTs and they are hard working everyday normal people who do not suffer from a ‘nacebo’ effect, nor have a mental problem. It has split communities and heartless greedy money grabbers have no consideration for neighbours who do not have WTS on their properties but have to put up with those who have them. These suffering do not want money just them gone so thy can have a decent night’s sleep. The AMA should read all the peer-reviewed evidence that proves WTs are the problem for every one although not everyone is impacted but most are.

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