Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

Professor Malcolm Sim

Head of Division

Professor Malcolm Sim


Email: Malcolm.Sim@monash.edu
Phone: +61 3 9903 0582

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.

Occupational and Environmental 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.

Units and Centres

Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (MonCOEH)Prof Malcolm Sim
Australian Centre for Human Health Risk Assessment (ACHHRA)Prof Brian Priestly
Aviation Medicine UnitA/Prof David Newman
Hazelwood Health StudyProf Michael Abramson

Major Projects