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Curtin University
WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment

About the Centre


Public Lecture: Emerging Opportunities for Health and Environments

    Key speakers:

    Professor Tony Capon, Director of the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University (Kuala Lumpur).
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    Mr Vic Andrich, Senior Policy Officer with the Department of Health, on behalf of Professor Tarun Weeramanthri.
    Download presentation [.pdf 314KB].

The Centre was established in 2004 and is located in the School of Public Health at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. The Centre has been involved in WHO projects in many countries including Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Vanuatu & Vietnam.

image of river Staff from the Centre attended the inaugural WHO Collaborating Centre Regional Forum which brought together WHO collaborating centres from 10 member states in the Western Pacific region, with the aim to strengthen strategic partnerships, share expertise and collaborate to address a range of public health concerns.

The Centre’s Terms of Reference:

  • To develop or improve WHO guidelines or manuals on Health Impact Assessment of prioritised sectors
  • To develop a HIA framework on climate change for WHO
  • To assist WHO in promoting HIA in the Region, including strengthening the knowledge network of the Thematic Working Group on HIA under the Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries

Mission, Aims and Function

The Collaborating Centre aims to increase the integration and effectiveness of EHIA and HIA across the Asia Pacific Region through collaboration with the WHO (especially the Thematic Working Group on HIA), government, industry and the community. Some of the key priority interest areas of the Centre include air quality, climate change, environmental health country profiles and the promotion of integration of HIA into EIA.

The Centre collaborates on and develops research and projects relevant to EHIA and HIA with other stakeholders in the Asia Pacific Region, including the planning, investigation, evaluation of data and dissemination of results. The Collaboration Centre provides opportunities for developers and decision makers in government agencies or private organisations to obtain valuable and relevant assistance to undertake Environmental Health Impact Assessments for new or changes to existing development, policies and/or plans. The Centre also provides opportunities for training and education in the various aspects of EHIA/HIA, including specific courses, Fellowship Programs and other initiatives to contribute to capacity building in EHIA/HIA in the Western Pacific Region and beyond.


Dr Helen Brown was appointed as the director of the Centre in 2014. Dr Brown has a strong interest in the complex interactions between health and climate change, with a particular focus on urban areas. Throughout her appointment, Dr Brown has advocated for EHIA and promoted the Centre’s work at numerous national and international conventions.
Professor Jeff Spickett was the inaugural director of the Centre from its inception, until his retirement in 2014. Professor Spickett’s lauded career culminated with the bestowal of an Emeritus Professorship in recognition of his meritorious and longstanding service to Curtin University. In 2015, Professor Spickett was awarded the Tony McMichael Public Health Ecology & Environment Award for work throughout his career, and through the Centre, which was recognised as a significant, discernible contribution in the combined domains of public health and environmental health. Emeritus Professor Spickett continues to play a key role as the Centre’s Strategic Advisor.

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The Faculty of Health Sciences at Curtin University is pleased to announce it has achieved redesignation as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Impact Assessment for a further four years, from 2015 – 2019. The WHO has recognised and thanked the Centre for its valuable contribution during its previous period of designation as a Collaborating Centre. The Collaborating Centre at Curtin is looking forward to continuing its work on Climate Change and Health Impact Assessment, and strengthening its partnerships with the WHO and other Regional Centres.