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Areas of expertise

The Collaborating Centre strives for excellence in research, consultancy and teaching activities.

The Centre collaborates with a range of other respected institutions. Collaboration is dependent on the range of skills, knowledge and experience needed to carry out projects.

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Within Curtin University, expertise from staff may involve the following disciplines:

  • Biomedical Sciences and Toxicology
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Environmental and Occupational Medicine
  • Climate Change
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health Promotion
  • International Health
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Nutrition, Food Science and Technology
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Sciences including stakeholder engagement and communication

Other agencies, institutions and research facilities that can provide services include:

  • Local and International Universities
  • Government departments
  • Private sector consultants
  • Industries
  • Country Agencies
  • International Organisations

The following are examples of other HIA projects carried out by the Centre:

Examples of recent projects

  • Consultant on HIA for Copper Mine/JTAI : Provision of advice on the HIA for the project
  • Project sponsored by the WHO – “Healthy environments for children alliance”. This project is being carried out in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Mongolia
  • Project sponsored by the World Health Organisation “Indoor air quality and asthma in young children in Mongolia”
  • The application of systems thinking to develop a model to assist in predicting the health impacts of industrial operation. (D Lo)
  • The application of HIA to develop strategies to reduce the incidence of Leptospirosis in a region in Indonesia. (Mateus)
  • Providing locally-managed, multiple-use water services that improve the livelihood and health of rural communities in Timor-Leste. (B Cole)
  • The association between indoor air quality, social and economical factors, and respiratory symptoms among women and children from Kerala state in India. (M. Kandiah)
  • Health and safety management and training in Vietnam (M. MacFarland, PhD Thesis)
  • The investigation of domestic environmental factors in relation to asthma and asthmatic symptoms in Zhongshan, China. (Jing-He – Masters Project)
  • Investigation of potential indicators of faecal contamination in untreated potable surface water. (A.J. Wyber- Masters Project)
  • Natural disasters: How do countries with a poor infrastructure recover compared to countries with a well-developed infrastructure?
  • Occupational health and safety management systems: Implementation in the Malaysian Public Hospitals. (Azimah – PhD Project)
  • Indoor air quality, respiratory symptoms among women and children in India and associations with housing, environmental and social factors. (M. Kandiah, PhD Project)

Recent projects funded in Australia:

  • Consultant on HIA for Shell Gladstone LNG project/ARUP (Australia): Provision of advice on the HIA for the project.
  • Consultant on HIA projects/ DOH WA Government (Western Australia): Provision of HIA related advice for the establishment of HIA procedures.
  • ‘The role of stakeholders in HIA: Landfill site and housing development in Mundijong Western Australia’ (M. Little, J. Earnest, J. Spickett)
  • ARC Linkage Grant “Domestic Indoor Air Quality: Setting Guidelines.” (J. Spickett)
  • Grant from the Department of Environment and Heritage to investigate the effects of anti-fouling biocides on Australian marine organisms (J. Spickett, T.Rietsema, M. Gagnon)
  • Grant from the Department of Health and Aging to develop a Masters degree in Environmental Health to be offered via the internet in conjunction with Griffith University.
  • ARC Linkage Grant “Domestic Indoor Air Quality: Setting Guidelines.” (J. Spickett)