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Our Work

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Curtin University provides a role in advisory and consultative services in HIA and climate change in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

To achieve our aims, we have been designated a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre as a result of previous work that focuses on partnerships for activities such as education, research, training and the provision of advisory and consultation services in health impact assessment and related activities. Our Centre also plans, conducts, and evaluates HIA and climate change research, communicating at regional and International forums.


They cover three broad categories:

Activity 1

Support WHO in building capacity of Member States on climate change and Health Impact Assessment

Activity 2

Provide technical input and support for WHO’s consideration towards its development and dissemination of HIA guidelines that integrate climate change assessments and enable Member States to meet their sustainable development agenda

Activity 3

Undertake collaborative research and promote technical standards in line with WHO’s recommendations to monitor the health impacts of climate change in Member States to mitigate and adapt to changing environments

Areas of expertise

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

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

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

Our research

Climate change and health

The current trends in climatic change will impact human populations and have the potential to become a significant threat to public health. Individuals and communities will need to adapt to and mitigate these changed environmental circumstances to avoid adverse consequences. The World Health Organization has acknowledged that populations face risks to health from climate change. These risks include heat stress, waterborne, food borne and vector borne diseases, respiratory diseases due to air pollution, and psychosocial concerns from the displacement of people. There is also the potential for indirect effects on health associated with changes to water supplies and food production. Building resilient health systems, using transdisciplinary approaches and systems thinking will be critical if we are to withstand the impacts of climate change and other stresses.

The Centre participates in climate change and health activities through:

  • Development and promotion of the use of an HIA framework in public health adaptation to climate change risks
  • Research to increase knowledge and understanding of the health impacts from climate change
  • Partnerships with institutions involved in responding to climate change
  • Membership in the NHMRC Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) National Research Network
  • Development and implementation of training for vulnerability and adaptation assessments
  • Development and participation in research projects, and consultancies