About the Centre

The Centre for Air quality and health Research and evaluation (CAR) is a Centre of Research Excellence funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. CAR will enable research on the impact of air pollution on human health and translate that research into contributions to policy that aims to mitigate that impact. CAR will create opportunities for researchers, operating in diverse but related disciplines, to create and apply knowledge about air pollution and health of both national and international interest.

Our mission at CAR is to reduce the national burden of disease from air pollution.

We will achieve this by:

  • Increasing the research capacity in air pollution research and training
  • Conducting innovative research
  • Focusing on vulnerable populations
  • Conducting policy- and practice-relevant research
  • Providing the best evidence to guide policy and practice
  • Engaging with decision makers to increase the impact of our research on policy and practice

Our Vision is that CAR will become a permanent centre and will be nationally acknowledged as the centre for excellence in air pollution-related policy, research and training.

Our values

  • We will promote collaboration and partnerships in all our endeavours
  • We will conduct all our activities with integrity
  • We will conduct research that is of the highest scientific quality
  • We will promote equity in our research and policy activities
  • We will focus on vulnerable populations

Our Objectives

1. Generate new knowledge that leads to improved health outcomes by investigating:

  • Long-term and short-term outcomes of exposure to air pollutants
  • The biological basis of adverse human effects of air pollutants including gene-environment interactions and environmental toxicology
  • Effects of air pollutants on vulnerable populations including children, older people, pregnant women and those with pre-existing chronic diseases.
  • Methodological advances in the study of air pollutants and their human health effects

2. Ensure effective transfer of research outcomes into health policy and practice through:

  • Impact on National Environment Protection Measures (NEPM)
  • Impact on urban planning and transport planning
  • Impact on infrastructure development
  • Impact on World Health Organisation guidelines

3. Develop the policy and research workforce through:

  • Post-doctoral fellows program
  • PhD scholars program
  • Structured training program

4. Facilitate collaboration through:

  • Developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations with researchers (national and international) and health policy-makers to identify research priorities, conduct policy- and practice-relevant research and translate research into contributions to policy and practice