Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

The Occupational and Environmental Health division leads a diverse research and teaching program.

The Occupational Health research stream includes occupational cohort studies of chronic diseases in workers from a range of industries including in the petroleum, aluminium, orchardist, lead, asbestos cement, firefighting and nursing industries, as well as in military veterans.

The division undertakes occupational disease surveillance through the Australian Mesothelioma Registry and the Surveillance of Australian Workplace Based Respiratory Events (SABRE) Registry and there is an increasing research focus being directed to the prevention of workplace ill-health and the health implications of occupational exposure to emerging technologies like nano-particles.

The expertise of the Division's Environmental Health stream includes air pollution, water quality, radiation exposure through mobile phone use, contamination of soil and water supply, exposure measurement and modelling, and health surveys and modelling.

Through the Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment (ACHHRA), the Division provides academic courses and training programs in human health risk assessment and assists regulatory agencies in establishing health-based standards and guidelines.

The Division has an active PhD program, runs regular short courses and offers several postgraduate courses in occupational and environmental health. It boasts strong collaborative links in the Asia-Pacific region including Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.