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Our people-our expertise: Dr Ross Kleinschmidt (retired)

Our people-our expertise

Dr Ross Kleinschmidt (ret.)

Dr Kleinschmidt has recently retired from Queensland Health. If you are interested in his work and would like to know more, please contact us.

Qualifications | Research interests | Publications | Presentations |

Ross has consulted for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); ‘Program - Measurement & Assessment of Radionuclides and Non-Radioactive Pollutants in the Terrestrial Environment’, at the Austrian IAEA Laboratories, Seibersdorf, and is a member of the International Union of Radioecology task-group ‘Radioecology in arid regions’.

He has also been an expert advisor and witness for the Australian Parliament Senate Estimates Committee review of Defence policy and procedures for the management of equipment containing tritium-based light sources, and the Australian Parliament Senate Delect Committee on the dangers of radioactive waste.


  • PhD (Environmental Health Physics), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Thesis: Radioactive residues associated with water treatment, use and disposal in Australia (2011)
  • Master of Applied Science (Research), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physics/Mathematics), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
  • Associate Diploma in Applied Physics, Queensland Institute of Technology, Brisbane.

Research interests and expertise

  • Impact of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) on environmental health and the resources sector
  • Development of radiological baseline data for Queensland
  • NORM instrumental detection and measurement systems


Kleinschmidt R (2019) Radiological baseline reconstruction. Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Report No: RSS19-005. Project Report. Queensland Government, Brisbane, Queensland.

Wallace JD, Kleinschmidt R. (2019) Large area NORM calibration pads: technical report RNSTR-001. Technical report, Queensland Government, Brisbane, Qld.

Recent presentations

Mar 2019: Measurement of external radiation: contaminated land assessments. In: Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association Meeting.

November 2018: Passive Radon, Thoron and Thoron Progeny Measurements throughout a Historical Mine. In: 15th South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association Conference, Perth, WA.