February news for Environment Climate and Health

Wednesday 1 March 2017

New staff and students

The ECH group is pleased to welcome Ms Rachael Rodney (soon to be Dr we hope!) who will cover Emily Wilford’s maternity leave.

Mr Venkat Reddy starts his PhD this month, working with Dr Kathryn Bowen.


The ECH group farewelled Dharshi Thangarajah who finished her time as the SEDS study coordinator and has taken up a position at AIHW.

Prizes and Awards

Rachael Rodney was awarded the Young Dairy Scientist Communication Award at the Australian Dairy Conference for her presentation that discussed the effects of pre-calving diets including vitamin D (cholecalciferol or calcidiol) and differing DCAD (dietary cation-anion difference, either positive or negative) on productivity and health of dairy cows.

Papers accepted/published:

Kathryn has been invited to be a Lead Author for The Global Environment Outlook 6th report - GEO-6 which is the flagship publication for the United Nations Environment Programme.

  1. Tettey P, Simpson S, Taylor BV, Ponsonby A-L, Lucas RM, Dwyer T, Kostner K, van der Mei I for the AusLong Investigator group. An adverse lipid profile and increased levels of adiposity significantly predict clinical course after a first demyelinating event. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatr (accepted 21 Feb 2017)


Kathryn Bowen will be presenting at the Landscapes and Human Health conference in Vienna in May, with some additional guest seminars also planned in Germany.

Other news:

NCEPH hosted the launch of Tony McMichael’s final book on 7 February in the Centre for China in the World. This was a fabulous event with a lively panel discussion led by Norman Swan and including Prof Kris Ebi, Prof Alistair Woodward and Dr Richard Denniss.

Preceding the book launch, Hilary Bambrick (ex-NCEPH) and Robyn Lucas hosted a meeting of health researchers with an interest in climate change with a view to developing coordinated program of research on climate change and health in Australia.

Martyn Kirk, Robyn Lucas and Bruce Armstrong attended two community consultations with residents of Williamtown about PFAS contamination and health risks/concerns.

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