Health Risk

A comprehensive, systems-based National Environmental Health Risk Assessment will provide evidence on the current and future health burdens of environmental and climate change, and assess the cost-effectiveness of policies and interventions to mitigate risks and provide co-benefits in different sectors/ regions. This involves integrating epidemiologic, burden of disease, health impact, cost-benefit and equity analysis methods and indicators developed/improved by our team. Analyses include impacts of regional and sectoral interventions (e.g. health, energy, housing). Initially, we are assessing baseline/ future health and economic impacts associated with bushfires, air pollution and heat under a range of adaptation/ mitigation scenarios integrating high resolution spatiotemporal analysis methods.

To assess the impact of (a) temperature and heatwaves, (b) floods, (c) bushfire smoke, (d) air pollution, and (e) drought on population health across Australia.
To estimate the future impacts of the above environmental hazards on population health across Australia in the context of climate change.
To assess the impact of the above risk factors on population groups that may be at higher risk due to geographical location, pre-existing illness, disability, age, and socioeconomic status.
To evaluate the costs of the above health impacts, and the potential benefits of mitigation and adaptation action.
We acknowledge the HEAL (Healthy Environments And Lives) National Research Network, which receives funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change (Grant No. 2008937).
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