The Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a statement on Monday regarding Wind Farms and Health where it discusses its position on ‘wind turbine syndrome’. Professor Geoffrey Dobb, AMA Vice President and Chair of the AMA Public Health Committee said, “The available Australian and international evidence does not support the view that wind farms cause adverse health effects.” Professor Dobb goes on to say, “From a public health perspective, it is important to note that electricity generation by wind turbines does not involve the production of greenhouse gases, other pollutant emissions or waste, all of which can have significant direct and indirect health effects.”
As part of the AMA’s positions, they write:
- 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 organization believes that anti-wind groups have created concern, and have effected residents through their fear-mongering tactics; any ill effects by residents close to wind turbines, are created by misinformation and subsequent anxiety.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the AMA is right in releasing such a strong statement about wind turbine syndrome?