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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
  • 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 EHIA/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.
  • Advisor on Environmental Health Impact Assessment for a mining project/XSTRATA (Philippines): 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)
  • The impact of indoor school and residential environments on respiratory symptoms among primary school students with different socio- economic backgrounds. (M. Mostafaee)
  • Health and safety management and training in Vietnam (M. MacFarland, PhD Thesis)
  • The effect of resonance technology on cyanobacteria and salinity in BMA Peak Downs Mine dam water. (Lesley Thomson-Chalkey – Masters Project)
  • Prospective health impact literature review for proposed marina/safe harbor in Frankston, Victoria. (Anne McGown – Masters Project)
  • Marine oil pollution by merchant ships – its effects, causes, prevention and control. (Abel Manuel Castello – Masters Project)
  • The investigation of domestic environmental factors in relation to asthma and asthmatic symptoms in Zhongshan, China. (Jing-He – Masters Project)
  • To assess existing level of sun-safety knowledge of a multi cultural outdoor workforce in Singapore and to devise an appropriate health promotion pack for use by employers. (Pauline Cassidy – 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?
  • What does an analysis of the differences reveal for a more appropriate approach to planning: (Bronwyn A. Ferrier – Masters Project)
  • 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.
  • Project funded by the Department of Education and Environment Australia to determine the effects of indoor air quality in schools on respiratory symptoms in grade one children. (S. Stick, J. Spickett, K. Rumchev)
  • ARC Linkage Grant “Domestic Indoor Air Quality: Setting Guidelines.” (J. Spickett)
  • 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.
  • Healthway Research Grant – “Evaluation of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke” (K.Rumchev, J.Spickett)
  • Project sponsored by the Malaysian Government – “Ambient air quality and hospital admissions for asthma in children and adults in Bintulu, Malaysia” (K.Rumchev J.Spickett, M.Phillips)