Australian and New Zealand Advisory Board Members

The process of adding fluoridation chemicals to our drinking water is strongly opposed by thousands of professionals worldwide and this list is steadily growing. Fluoride Free Australia is represented by an Advisory Board and a Professional Network comprised of Australian and international health, science, legal and other relevant professionals who are part of this growing movement.
Meet our A&NZ Advisory Board members…
Dr Mark Diesendorf

BSc (Hons) PhD in
Applied Mathematics

Dr Mark Diesendorf is Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Humanities & Languages at the University of New South Wales (now called ‘UNSW Sydney’). He originally trained as a physical scientist and then expanded his interests into energy and health issues. Previously, at various times, he was a Principal Research Scientist in CSIRO, Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney, and Deputy Director of the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW. 

Mark has published 14 peer-reviewed scholarly papers on the health hazards and lack of effectiveness of fluoridation, of which the most notable are ‘The mystery of declining tooth decay’, published in the leading international journal Nature in 1986, and ‘Suppression by medical journals of a warning about overdosing formula-fed infants with fluoride’ published in the international journal Accountability in Research in 1997.

See a list of Mark Diesendorf’s published papers here.

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Merilyn Haines

BAppSc (Med Lab Tech)

Merilyn Haines is a retired Medical Laboratory Scientist of 35 years and is interested in many public health issues. Her concerns about water fluoridation began with research in the 1980s which has continued since then. When Premier Anna Bligh commenced forcing fluoridation on Queenslanders in late 2008, Merilyn and Queenslanders For Safe Water worked tirelessly, providing ethical arguments and a multitude of international scientific evidence showing fluoride’s adverse health effects and lack of efficacy to all Queensland MPs and Councillors.

In late 2012 mandatory fluoridation was overturned by the LNP government, with the influential and much-appreciated assistance of MP Jason Woodforth. There are now 29 Queensland Councils which have formally voted either to end fluoridation or not to fluoridate. However there remains 22 Councils that continue to add fluoride to drinking water; thereby disregarding the associated risks and harms, the lack of efficacy and the breach of medical ethics relating to mandatory water fluoridation.

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David McRae

Grad Dip Human Services

David McRae has worked in health promotion, mental health services and stress management across his professional career. In 2016 he published a book: “Freedom from stress and anxiety” (self pub). When his home city of Geelong came under threat of water fluoridation in 2002 he examined the issue exhaustively, concluding that it violated important principles of public health and health promotion. He entered the public debate and was shocked to find that most of the government and dental officials he met with had little grasp of the science or ethical issues of fluoridation. One statement of his position is available to watch here.

Michael Lusk

Australian lawyer
BSc, LLB (Hons I)

Michael Lusk is an Australian lawyer with academic qualifications in law, science (chemistry) and management. He began his career as a government legal adviser at Canberra in 1993. In the course of his Australian Public Service career, Michael worked at several agencies and statutory authorities. He administered the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (CTH), served as a departmental legislation liaison officer and examined patent applications. Following admission in 1998 to the roll of Australian lawyers, Michael worked at the Australian Government Solicitor, where he advised Commonwealth agencies in administrative and commercial law matters. Michael subsequently moved to Europe, pursuing a career in financial management and controlling, with incidental focus on health economics and political lobbying.

Since 2016 Michael has pressed government agencies and public authorities in Australia to recognize that the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (CTH) regulates artificially fluoridated reticulated drinking water in the same manner as it regulates other pharmaceuticals. The Commonwealth asserts the contrary – but persistently fails to explain the legal basis for its position. Michael initially asked the Commonwealth Secretary of Health to make a clarificatory administrative order declaring that fluoridated drinking water comprises “therapeutic goods” for regulatory purposes. The Commonwealth’s obfuscatory response warranted a complaint to the  Commonwealth Ombudsman, which led to ongoing legal action against a Commonwealth Ombudsman officer: Lusk v Tong and Commonwealth Ombudsman. In parallel, Michael works both independently as well as through citizens’ associations opposed to water fluoridation in exerting legal and political pressure upon NHMRC, health departments and water supply authorities by means of correspondence and oral addresses, parliamentary petitions, procuring questions in parliament, and making strategic use of parliamentary committee processes.

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Allan Jones

B.Eng (PE)

Allan Jones is a retired Process Engineer with extensive experience working for many major corporations – including Colgate Palmolive – in various process engineering roles, often involving products containing compounds that are collectively referred to as fluoride-based, fluoride-attached, or fluoride-synthesised.  He is also a retired Grade 4 Industrial Trainer in OHAS applications.

Allan is an internationally-recognised inventor of equipment associated with volatile chemical handling, with several Letters Patents issued in his name. 

In 1986 Allan wrote and published the book “Beyond Economic Treadmill”, which proposes alternate technology, energy,  food, and economy, while he was chairman of the National Technocratic Party of Australia, a type of forerunner of green policies, although not resembling present day green politics.

Allan has been an ardent campaigner against water fluoridation and associated industrial and agricultural fluoride products for the last 15 years, often corresponding with the National Health and Medical Council of Australia (NHMRC), Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and other agricultural and industrial chemical statutory authorities. He is a strong critic of the lax research these organisations conduct in conjunction with foreign corporate interests. 

He believes that it is becoming more apparent every year that Australians are faced with an increasing use of chemicals in foods, water and occupational settings, and that these chemicals  are collectively and synergisticly building in the human body and causing a variety of health problems. This is occurring while authorities are at present unable or unwilling to test for, and confirm, the potential harm of these chemcials. This includes fluorides from at least a hundred sources.

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Dr John Ryan

MBBS (Qld, 1971) M Sc Nutrition, Distinction
(Lon. 1980), FRACGP, DCH (RCP&S,Irel), FAMAC, FACNEM (Nutritional & Envtal Med), MRCGP(UK) 

Dr John Ryan is a general practitioner specialising in medical care favouring the avoidance of drugs and surgery. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1971, and MSc Nutrition Distinction (London) in 1980. He has a post graduate qualification in Children’s Diseases (DCH).

He is past Queensland Chair of AMAC (Australian Medical Acupuncture College), ACNEM (Australian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine) and AIMA (Australian Integrative Medical Association). He is a fellow and has served as a national examiner in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Examinations. 

Dr Ryan was the Founder, CEO and Medical Director of Clear Mountain Health and Conference Centre, operational since 1990. He was for five years a member of CMEC (Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee) of Therapeutic Goods Administration, being twice reappointed; this body advises the Federal Government on the safety and efficacy of complementary therapies. He was for five years the only medical practitioner on the Advisory Board of Canossa Hospital/Medical Complex at Oxley, Brisbane.

Dr Ryan has been on Council since its inception, and its Deputy Chair for the Australian (now Endeavour) College of Natural Health, and was its inaugural Medical Ethics Chair. In recent years, he has become a founding director of four Charitable Trusts, each with a health focus. 

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Dr Mike Godfrey


Mike Godfrey qualified LRCP.MRCS (England) and MBBS (London) in 1963. He joined a General Practice in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand in 1971, after seven years in various hospital posts in England. He left general practice in 1986 to establish an environmental health and chelation clinic in Tauranga and still works part-time although retired from a registered practice in 2007.

Dr Godfrey was a founding member and past-President of the New Zealand Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and a Clinical Associate of the Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, Swinburn University, Melbourne.

Post-graduate qualifications and appointments: 

1989 Diploma American Board of Chelation Therapy. Recertified 1994,1999;
1991 Fellow of American College of Advancement in Medicine (FACAM);
1996 Fellow of Australasian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine;
2000 Clinical Associate (visiting lecturer) Swinburne University, Melbourne;
2003 Board member of International Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology.

Conference presentations:

Dr Godfrey has presented 14 clinical papers at post-graduate medical conferences in America, Australia, Germany, India and New Zealand between 1989 and 2007. He was a lecturer for chelation and heavy metal toxicity at Fellowship training courses for the ACNEM, Melbourne, 1998-2004, and Auckland Medical School GP CME training in 1999.


1. Chronic illness in association with dental amalgam: Report of two cases. J. Advanced Medicine 1990;3(4):247-255.
2. Dental Amalgam – a potentially toxic source of mercury? NZ Science Review, 1992;49(2):52-56
3. Unusual solvent induced hyperactivity in a 5-year-old girl. N Z Med J. 1993 Jul 28;106(960):319.
4. Confirmation of mercury retention and toxicity using Dimercapto-1-propane-sulphonic acid sodium salt (DMPS). Godfrey M E, Campbell N, J. Advanced Medicine, 1994;7(1):19-30
5. Improved results in cancer therapies: Biological adjuncts and non-surgical alternatives to standard cancer therapies. J. Advanced Medicine, 1996;9(1):59-68.
6. Candida, Dysbiosis and Amalgam. J. Advanced Medicine, 1996;9(2):115-120.
7. A dental focus as a cause of trigeminal neuralgia: Case report. J. Advanced Medicine, 1997;10(4):267-272
8. Dental Amalgam and Human Health – Current Situation. Cutress T W, Godfrey M E, Miller J H and Whyman R E, 1997. Health Department, Government Publication, Wellington, NZ.
9. Dental Amalgam and Senile Dementia. NZ Science Review. 1998;55(4):141-144.
10. The pathophysiology of long-term exposure to dental amalgam: A potential hazard for senile dementia. Godfrey M E and Huggins H A. J. Clinical Applied Alternative Medicine, 2000;1(2):107-12
11. Apolipoprotein E Genotyping as a potential Biomarker for Mercury Neurotoxicity. Godfrey M E, Wojcik D P, Krone C A. J. Alzheimer’s Diseases, (2003):5(3):189-193
12. Is Bio-Resonance the 21st Century’s New Medicine? Godfrey M E. J. Australian College of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine, 2004;23(1):9-11.
13. Haemorrhagic meningococcal meningitis: is it scurvy? Godfrey M E. NZ Medical Journal, 20 August 2004, vol.117, No.1200.
14. Mercury toxicity presenting as chronic fatigue, memory impairment and depression. Wojcik D P, Godfrey M E, Christie D and Haley B E. Neuroendocrin. Letters (2006) 27(4):415-423.
15. Risk Assessment of Fluoride Intake from Tea in the Republic of Ireland and its Implications for Public Health and Water Fluoridation Declan T. Waugh, William Potter, Hardy Limeback and Michael Godfrey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 259; doi:10.3390/ijerph13030259
16. Black tea source, production, and consumption: assessment of health risks of fluoride intake in New Zealand. Declan T. Waugh, Michael Godfrey, Hardy Limeback and William Potter. J. of Environmental and Public Health Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 5120504, 27 pages
17. A Case of Skeletal Fluorosis? Godfrey ME. NZ Medical Journal. 4 May 2018, vol.131;1471:77

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Dr Lawrie Brett


I graduated BDS from University of Otago in 1974 after studying two years of chemistry. I always had a love of chemistry and this led to an interest in dental materials.

After working in Australia and the UK, I returned to New Zealand in 1978 when my wife and I bought a small practice in Whangarei, two hours north of Auckland. I spent my working life in the practice, selling it to my long term partner in 2015 when I retired.

In the 1980s, Dr John Colquhoun (former Chief Dental Officer of New Zealand and fluoride researcher) and then mayor of Auckland Sir Dove-Meyer Robinson, upset the health establishment by publicly opposing water fluoridation. It seemed the right thing to update my knowledge in this area of public health policy and I have been strongly opposed to water fluoridation since then. Over the years there have been many scrapes with the Establishment Health Authorities with successful campaigns around New Zealand to prevent or halt water fluoridation. The battles are over but the war goes on!