News in 2017


26-29 JULY: CAR presented a four-day workshop to the Malaysian Ministry of Health on the burden of disease due to air pollution

Smoke from land clearing fires particularly in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia, often leads haze pollution over large parts of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand. Despite the fact that the Southeast Asian haze episodes are extensive and recurrent, the small number of studies that have examined the effects of this land clearing have mostly been conducted by international groups, with very few studies from Southeast Asian groups (including Malaysia) that have investigated the health effects and economic burden of disease due to haze episodes.

From July 26 to 29 CAR researchers Geoff Morgan and Josh Horsley (University Centre of Rural Health, the School of Public Health, University of Sydney) joined Dr Richard Broome (University of Sydney) and Professor Bin Jalaludin (University of New south Wales) in Malaysia to present a four-day workshop to the Malaysian Ministry of Health on the burden of disease due to air pollution. The workshop was sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Malaysia as part of its collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Health around “Capacity Building for Environment Burden of Disease (EBD)”.

The workshop focused on the methods and data used to assess burden of disease from historic and current levels of smoke exposure and the potential improvements to health of proposals to reduce smoke exposure. The workshop had a strong practical component with 2 days being focused on teaching participants to calculate burden of disease from smoke pollution using the WHO software AirQ+.


25 JULY: Dr Christine Cowie/Prof Guy Marks Conversation article -Transport access is good for new housing, but beware the pollution

Dr Christine Cowie and Prof Guy Marks - author an article on air pollution and new housing in The Conversation

25 JULY: Dr Christine Cowie/Prof Guy Marks Conversation article -Transport access is good for new housing, but beware the pollution


23 MAY: Dr Christine Cowie makes submission behalf of CAR on Vehicle Emissions in the Better Fuel for Cleaner Air discussion paper

Dr Christine Cowie makes submission behalf of CAR on Vehicle Emissions in the Better Fuel for Cleaner Air discussion paper

23 MAY: Dr Christine Cowie makes submission behalf of CAR on Vehicle Emissions in the Better Fuel for Cleaner Air discussion paper


15 MAY: Dr Christine Cowie on Channel 7 'Why the clear air we breath might be doing us harm'

Dr Christine Cowie talks to Channel 7 News on ultrafine particles in our urban environment.

15 MAY: Dr Christine Cowie on Channel 7 'Why the clear air we breath might be doing us harm'


11 April: Presentation by Dr Fay Johnston 'Interventions to address poor air quality from wood heaters – efforts from Tasmania'


11 APRIL - CAR presentation by Dr Fay Johnston 'Interventions to address poor air quality from wood heaters – efforts from Tasmania' to be held in conjunction with the International Wood Smoke Researchers Network.

11 APRIL: Presentation by Dr Fay Johnston 'Interventions to address poor air quality from wood heaters – efforts from Tasmania'


April: New study by CAR on improved monitoring for coal workers

Researchers and clinicians are calling on the mining industry and governments to create better regulations in the interest of the health of coal miners.

A new review from the University of Melbourne shows there has been an increase in the number of fresh cases of Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis (CWP) in Australia since 2000.

CWP is a preventable but incurable lung disease that can be complicated by respiratory failure.

In addition, inhalation of dust generated by coal mining can lead to other forms of coal mine dust lung disease (CMDLD)

The review, published today in the Journal Respirology, (published by the Asian Society of Respirology), describes how some coal miners have been unexpectedly diagnosed with CWP within the Queensland mining industry.

APRIL: Improved monitoring for coal workers


1 APRIL: Future planning for CAR-Investigators meeting in Canberra

CAR Team Photo

The CAR investigators and team met in Canberra (30 March - 1 April) for a two day meeting to discuss the future of CAR - watch this space for more exciting announcements

1 APRIL: Future planning for CAR-Investigators meeting in Canberra


March: Submission provided by CAR on Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper

Submission provided by CAR on Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper

The Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper presents a proposed approach and actions for government to meet its goal of improving air quality across NSW. The EPA sought community and stakeholder feedback on the Consultation paper from 28 October 2016 to 20 January 2017.

MARCH: Submission provided by CAR on Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper


March: Submission provided by CAR on Better Fuel for Cleaner Air Discussion Paper


Submission provided by CAR on Better Fuel for Cleaner Air Discussion Paper.

The discussion paper, Better fuel for cleaner air, December 2016, sought industry and community views on policy options and legal instruments to improve the quality of our fuel quality to reduce noxious emissions. Input provided from stakeholders will inform the final set of policy alternatives to be analysed and costed by the Department in 2017.
MARCH: Submission provided by CAR on Better Fuel for Cleaner Air Discussion Paper


DECEMBER:Thunderstorm Asthma


December 2016, Special Seminar
Prof. Guy Marks “Thunderstorm Asthma”

This special webinar was presented by the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma is in response to the thunderstorm that hit Melbourne during the afternoon of 21st November 2016.

DECEMBER: Special seminar presentation on Thunderstorm Asthma by Prof Guy Marks

NOVEMBER:Thunderstorm Asthma


Article by Prof Guy Marks on "It's not just about Melbourne: Why we need a national approach to thunderstorm asthma"

NOVEMBER: Article on Thunderstorm Asthma in The Conversation by Prof Guy Marks