May news about Environment Climate and Health

Wednesday 7 June 2017


Aparna Lal has finished teaching into POPH8318. This has been a very busy and intense teaching semester. The ECH group greatly appreciates the time and effort Aparna puts into her teaching.


Good news

NCEPH co-hosted the inaugural ACT MS Research Symposium with JCSMR on 16 June. We had a great turnout of researchers as well as people with MS and their families and carers. There has been a lot of positive feedback and we are now planning for the 2018 event.


Robyn Lucas has been accepted for training as a Climate Reality Project Leader, for training in Seattle at the end of June.


Robyn Lucas has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Western Australia.


Papers accepted/published:

  1. Lal A, Hashizume M, Hales S. The Indian Ocean Dipole and cryptosporidiosis in Australia: Short-term and non-linear associations. Environmental Science and Technology. Accepted for publication 31st May 2017.
  2. Lucas RM, Gorman S, Black L, Neale RE. Clinical, research and public health implications of poor measurement of vitamin D status. J AOAC International (epub ahead of print 11 May 2017)
  3. Bowen, K.J., Cradock-Henry, N., Koch, F., Patterson, J., Haaya, T., Vogt, J., Barbi, F. Key challenges to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Collective action, trade-offs, and accountability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (accepted)



Rachael Rodney presented at the ECH meeting for May on her PhD work including vitamin D supplementation in cows and the effects on pregnancy, post-partum health and productivity.


Aparna Lal was an invited speaker at a “Career mentoring night for Public Health students” event hosted by ANU and the Public Health Association of Australia.


Robyn Lucas presented the opening keynote presentation at the Sun Protection conference in London, June 6-7.


Robyn Lucas presented at the MS Symposium held jointly by NCEPH and JCSMR at JCSMR in mid-May. This was a fabulous opportunity to engage with the MS and general communities and present the MS research that is happening at ANU.


Kathryn Bowen presented an invited seminar at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany: Climate change and human health: From local to global perspectives

Kathryn Bowen also gave a guest seminar at the Berlin Centre for Social Science (BZW): Climate change and human health: Impacts and governance responses

Kathryn Bowen presented at the International Conference on Landscapes and Human Health, Vienna. The public health benefits of green infrastructure: the potential of climate change and economic framing for enhanced decision-making


Ongoing research

Aparna Lal and Robyn Lucas attended meetings with the Emeritus Faculty to discuss the development of a new university wide initiative on human survival that is being led by Bob Douglas and Julian Cribb.


Kathryn Bowen attended the second author meeting for the UNEP's GEO6 report in Bangkok. Kathryn is a lead author for human health.

Updated:  24 September 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Webmaster