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The Australian Maternal Exposure to Toxic Substances (AMETS) study is measuring the level of persistent toxic substances that pregnant women have been exposed to from the environment.

Australian maternal exposure o toxic substance

Persistent toxic substances

Persistent toxic substances are chemicals including pesticides, dioxins, brominated flame retardants and metals that can be found in the environment from a variety of human activities. As their name suggests, these chemicals persist in the environment for a long time.

Exposure risk

Human exposure occurs through the presence of persistent toxic substances in drinking water, food and soils. Occupational exposure can also increase exposure, as can other activities such as smoking.

Reducing exposure

Whilst it is not possible to completely avoid exposure to persistent toxic substances, there are some ways in which you can reduce your exposure, as well as that of your children.

  • Reduce exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Take care with old and new paints
  • Clean hands and food
  • Maintain rainwater tanks


Recruitment for this study has now finished, however if you are interested in this project and would like more information please contact us.

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