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Researcher: Johnston, F (Associate Professor Fay Johnston)

Fields of Research

Occupational and workplace health and safety
Pollution and contamination
Ecosystem function
Environmental epidemiology
Epidemiology
Respiratory diseases
Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
Environmental management
Landscape ecology
Health services and systems
Forestry fire management
Environmental assessment and monitoring
Public health
Preventative health care
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing
Health promotion
Allergy
Atmospheric aerosols
Infectious diseases
Air pollution processes and air quality measurement
Natural hazards
Health economics
Climate change processes
Environment policy
Meteorology
Data management and data science
Central nervous system
Major global burdens of disease
Health care administration
Foetal development and medicine
Community child health
Ecology
Health and community services
Mental health services
Cancer cell biology
Obstetrics and gynaecology
Aged health care
Health policy
Social psychology
Urban geography
Systems physiology
Genetics
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Communications engineering
Paediatrics
Data communications
Cancer genetics
Computational modelling and simulation in earth sciences
Engineering practice and education
Microbial ecology
Autonomic nervous system
Environmental biotechnology diagnostics (incl. biosensors)
Primary health care
Health equity

Research Objectives

Public health (excl. specific population health)
Clinical health
Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Health protection and disaster response
Evaluation of health outcomes
Social impacts of climate change and variability
Prevention of human diseases and conditions
Health education and promotion
Neonatal and child health
Air quality
Occupational health
Behaviour and health
Natural hazards
Other environmental management
Health surveillance
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health system performance
Information systems, technologies and services
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Land policy
Preventive medicine
Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Health policy evaluation
Health related to ageing
Women's and maternal health
Understanding the impact of natural hazards caused by climate change
Understanding climate change
Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards
Mental health
Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires)
Overweight and obesity
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Environmental education and awareness
Other economic framework
Atmospheric composition (incl. greenhouse gas inventory)
Climate change mitigation strategies
Assessment and management of freshwater ecosystems
Government and politics
Ecological economics
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Weather
Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts)

Career Best Publications

Ambient particulate matter and paramedic assessments of acute diabetic, cardiovascular, and respiratory conditions; Epidemiology
Estimated global mortality attributable to smoke from landscape fires; Environmental Health Perspectives
Evaluation of interventions to reduce air pollution from biomass smoke on mortality in Launceston, Australia: Retrospective analysis of daily mortality, 1994-2007; BMJ
Extreme air pollution events from bushfires and dust storms and their association with mortality in Sydney, Australia 1994-2007; Environmental Research: A Journal of Environmental Medicine and The Environmental Sciences
Unprecedented health costs of smoke-related PM2.5 from the 2019–20 Australian megafires; Nature Sustainability
Using smartphone technology to reduce health impacts from atmospheric environmental hazards; Environmental Research Letters

Research Publications

A case for Indigenous natural resource management and health; Investing in Indigenous Natural Resource Management
A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia; International Journal of Environmental Health Research
A mixed-methods study of the demographic and behavioural correlates of walking to a more distant bus stop; Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
A rapid assessment of the impact of hazard reduction burning around Sydney, May 2016; Medical Journal of Australia
A review of approaches to monitoring smoke from vegetation fires for public health ; Air Quality and Climate Change
A transdisciplinary approach to understanding the health effects of wildfire and prescribed fire smoke regimes; Environmental Research Letters
Aboriginal testimony about health and place; nternational Geography Union Meeting
Abstract 16275: Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Short-Term Exposure to Air Pollutants: A Case-Crossover Study; Circulation
Abstract 16338: A Case-Crossover Study of Short Term Effects of Air Pollutants on Stroke in Gunma, Japan; Circulation
Abstract 16370: Short Term Effects of Photochemical Oxidant on Heart Failure: A Case-Crossover Study; Circulation
Acceptability and perceived feasibility of strategies to increase public transport use for physical activity gain - a mixed methods study; Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Adverse birth outcomes in Victoria, Australia in association with maternal exposure to low levels of ambient air pollution; Environmental Research
Adverse effects of prenatal exposure to residential dust on post-natal brain development; Environmental Research
Air pollution and telomere length: a systematic review of 12,058 subjects; Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Air pollution events from forest fires and emergency department attendances in Sydney, Australia 1996-2007: a case-crossover analysis; Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source
Air pollution from bushfires and their association with hospital admissions in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, Australia 1994-2007; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Air quality policy and fire management responses addressing smoke from wildland fires in the United States and Australia; International Journal of Wildland Fire
AirRater Tasmania: Using smartphone technology to understand local environmental drivers of symptoms in people with asthma and allergic rhinitis; Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ambient biomass smoke and cardio-respiratory hospital admissions in Darwin, Australia; BMC Public Health
Ambient particulate matter and paramedic assessments of acute diabetic, cardiovascular, and respiratory conditions; Epidemiology
Ambient particulate matter, landscape fire smoke, and emergency ambulance dispatches in Sydney, Australia; Environment International
Assessing the relationship between exposure to vegetation smoke and hospital admissions when empirical air quality measurements are limited; ISEE 20th Annual Conference (International Society of Environmental Epidemiology)
Association between fire smoke fine particulate matter and asthma-related outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis; Environmental Research
Australian airborne pollen and spore monitoring network interim standard and protocols
Avoidable mortality attributable to anthropogenic fine particulate matter (Pm2.5) in Australia; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Building the research capacity of primary care providers: development of the primary health care research evaluation and development project in the Northern Territory; Australian Journal of Primary Health
Burning to reduce fuels: the benefits and risks of a public health protection strategy; Medical Journal of Australia
Bushfire smoke and hospital admissions in the Australian monsoon tropics; Annual Scientific Meeting Australasian Epidemiology Association
Bushfire smoke: an exemplar of coupled human and natural systems; Geographical Research
Bushfire smoke: urgent need for a national health protection strategy; Medical Journal of Australia
Bushfires and human health in a changing environment; Australian Family Physician
Bushfires and planned burns: Tips for your patients in managing smoke; Respiratory Medicine Today
Bushfires, Human Health Economics, and Pyrogeography; Geographical Research
Can air quality management drive sustainable fuels management at the temperate wildland–urban interface?; Fire
Can public spaces effectively be used as cleaner indoor air shelters during extreme smoke events?; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Can smartphone data identify the local environmental drivers of respiratory disease?; Environmental Research
Characterising non-linear associations between airborne pollen counts and respiratory symptoms from the AirRater smartphone app in Tasmania, Australia: A case time series approach; Environmental Research
Characterising non-linear associations between airborne pollen counts and respiratory symptoms from the AirRater smartphone app in Tasmania, Australia: A case time series approach; Environmental Research
Climate Change, Wildfires, Heatwaves and Health Impacts in Australia; Extreme Weather Events and Human Health
Coal mine fires and human health: What do we know?; International Journal of Coal Geology
Coal-mine fire-related fine particulate matter and medical-service utilization in Australia: a time-series analysis from the Hazelwood Health Study; International Journal of Epidemiology
Cohort profile: The Hazelwood Health Study Adult Cohort; International Journal of Epidemiology
Cohort Profile: The Hazelwood Health Study Latrobe Early Life Follow-Up (ELF) Study; International Journal of Epidemiology
Community health risk perceptions on planned burning: bolstering the risk management and communication evidence base; Public Health Congress 2015
Community-wide distribution of a catalytic device to reduce winter ambient fine particulate matter from residential wood combustion: a field study; PLoS One
Creating an Integrated Historical Record of Extreme Particulate Air Pollution Events in Australian Cities from 1994 to 2007 ; Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Critical Review of Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke Exposure; Environmental Health Perspectives
Did fine particulate matter from the summer 2016 landscape fires in Tasmania increase emergency ambulance dispatches? a case crossover analysis; Fire
Differences in grass pollen allergen exposure across Australia; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Dynamic ecological observations from satellites inform aerobiology of allergenic grass pollen; Science of the Total Environment
Early life exposure to coal mine fire and tobacco smoke affect subclinical vascular function; Archives of Disease in Childhood
Early life exposure to coal mine fire smoke emissions and altered lung function in young children; Respirology
Ecohealth and Aboriginal Testimony of the Nexus Between Human Health and Place; Ecohealth
Effect of In Utero Exposure to Ceiling Particles on Post-Natal Lung Function and Immune Cell Populations; Respirology
Effect Of In Utero Exposure To Ceiling Particles On Post-Natal Lung Function And Immune Cell Populations; C105. Disorders of respiratory physiology and sleep in children
Effect Of In Utero Exposure To Ceiling Particles on the Early Post-Natal Immune Cell Populations; Respirology
Environmental hazards and behavior change: User perspectives on the usability and effectiveness of the AirRater Smartphone App; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Estimated global mortality attributable to smoke from landscape fires; Environmental Health Perspectives
Evaluating the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma: lessons from Australia; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Evaluation of interventions to reduce air pollution from biomass smoke on mortality in Launceston, Australia: Retrospective analysis of daily mortality, 1994-2007; BMJ
Exceedances of national air quality standards for particulate matter in Western Australia: sources and health-related impacts; Medical Journal of Australia
Exposure to air pollution during the first 1000 days of life and subsequent health service and medication usage in children; Environmental Pollution
Extensible database of validated biomass smoke events for health research; Fire
Extreme air pollution events from bushfires and dust storms and their association with mortality in Sydney, Australia 1994-2007; Environmental Research: A Journal of Environmental Medicine and The Environmental Sciences
Feasibility and normal ranges of arterial intima-media thickness and stiffness in 2-year-old children: a pilot study; Pediatric Cardiology
Fine particulate matter exposure and medication dispensing during and after a coal mine fire: a time series analysis from the Hazelwood Health Study; Environmental Pollution
Fire in the Earth System; Science
Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty
Health burden associated with fire smoke in Sydney, 2001-2013; Medical Journal of Australia
Health effects of smoke from planned burns: a study protocol; BMC Public Health
Health impacts of ambient biomass smoke in Tasmania, Australia; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Healthy country, healthy people: the relationship between Indigenous health status and “caring for country”; Medical Journal of Australia
Heatwave and health impact research: a global review; Health and Place
High community burden of smoke-related symptoms in the Hunter and New England regions during the 2019–2020 Australian bushfires; Public Health Research & Practice
Human-environmental drivers and impacts of the globally extreme 2017 Chilean fires; Ambio
Impact of smoke from prescribed burning: Is it a public health concern?; Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Is remaining indoors an effective way of reducing exposure to fine particulate matter during biomass burning events?; Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association
Is the tropical dry season smoke haze a health hazard for people with asthma?; Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Annual Scientific Meeting
Living on a flammable planet: interdisciplinary, cross-scalar and varied cultural lessons, prospects and challenges; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with coronary artery calcification among asymptomatic adults; European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Long-term exposure to low concentrations of air pollutants and hospitalisation for respiratory diseases: a prospective cohort study in Australia; Environment International
Long-term impacts of prenatal and infant exposure to fine particulate matter on wheezing and asthma: a systematic review and meta-analysis; Environmental Epidemiology
Maternal exposure to fine particulate matter from a large coal mine fire is associated with gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective cohort study; Environmental Research
Maternal exposure to ambient air pollution and pregnancy complications in Victoria, Australia; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Maternal exposure to fine particulate matter from a coal mine fire and birth outcomes in Victoria, Australia; Environment International
Maternal exposure to particulate matter alters early post-natal lung function and immune cell development; Environmental Research
Maternal exposure to short-to medium-term outdoor air pollution and obstetric and neonatal outcomes: a systematic review; Environmental Pollution
Measures of forest fire smoke exposure and their associations with respiratory health outcomes; Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Place, human agency and community resilience - considerations for public health management of smoke from prescribed burning; Local Environment
Pollen Loads and Allergic Rhinitis in Darwin, Australia: A Potential Health Outcome of the Grass-Fire Cycle; EcoHealth
Predicting the minimum height of forest fire smoke within the atmosphere using machine learning and data from the CALIPSO satellite; Remote Sensing of Environment
Public health messaging during extreme smoke events: are we hitting the mark?; Frontiers in Public Health
Pyrogeography, historical ecology, and the human dimensions of fire regimes; Journal of Biogeography
Reflections on the Catastrophic 2019–2020 Australian Bushfires; The Innovation
Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand; 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand; Aerobiologia
Remote sensing of phenology: a dynamic tool to inform allergenic grass pollen aerobiology; Allergy
Respiratory and atopic conditions in children two to four years after the 2014 Hazelwood coalmine fire; Medical Journal of Australia
Respiratory hospital admissions are associated with ambient airborne pollen in Darwin, Australia 2004-2005; Clinical and Experimental Allergy
Roof cavity dust as an exposure proxy for extreme air pollution events; Chemosphere
Satellite-based land-use regression for continental-scale long-term ambient PM2.5 exposure assessment in Australia; Environmental Science and Technology
Seasonal asthma in Melbourne, Australia, and some observations on the occurrence of thunderstorm asthma and its predictability; PLoS ONE
Self-Reported Geogenic Dust Exposure Is Associated With Increased Severity Of Infectious Diseases In Aboriginal Children; Respirology
Short-term exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a nationwide case-crossover study in Japan; The Lancet Planetary Health
Smoke impacts on community health and social perceptions; 10th Bushfire CRC Annual Conference
Socio-demographic, behavioural and health-related characteristics associated with active commuting in a regional Australian state: evidence from the 2016 Tasmanian Population Health Survey; Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Strongyloidiasis: A review of the evidence for Australian practitioners; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Sub-clinical effects of outdoor smoke in affected communities; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Sub-daily exposure to fine particulate matter and ambulance dispatches during wildfire seasons: a case-crossover study in British Columbia, Canada; Environmental Health Perspectives
The 2019 report of the MJA-Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: a turbulent year with mixed progress; The Medical Journal of Australia
The 2020 special report of the MJA-Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: lessons learnt from Australia's 'Black Summer'; Medical Journal of Australia
The acceptability of a depression screening tool in an urban, aboriginal community-controlled health service; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
The contribution of geogenic particulate matter to lung disease in indigenous children; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
The effects of temperature and air pollution on heart failure incidence and readmissions: is beta-blocker protective?; European Heart Journal
The environment is a first order issue for lung health; International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
The health impacts and economic value of wildland fire episodes in the U.S.: 2008-2012; Science of The Total Environment
The health impacts of waste-to-energy emissions: A systematic review of the literature; Environmental Research Letters
The human dimension of fire regimes on Earth; Journal of Biogeography
The impact of heat on mortality and morbidity in the Greater Metropolitan Sydney Region: a case crossover analysis; Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source
The macroecology of airborne pollen in Australian and New Zealand urban areas; PLoS One
The pro-inflammatory effects of particulate matter on epithelial cells are associated with elemental composition; Chemosphere
The pyrohealth transition: How combustion emissions have shaped health through human history; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
The relationship between particulate pollution levels in Australian cities, meteorology, and landscape fire activity detected from MODIS hotspots; PL o S One
The validity of a depression screening tool modified for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
The value of local heatwave impact assessment: a case-crossover analysis of hospital emergency department presentations in Tasmania, Australia; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
There is no ‘safe’ level of air pollution: Implications for Australian policy
Threshold of ambient particulate matter level for increasing heart failure incidence may be lower than national standard; European Heart Journal
Tropical Health in the Top End: an introduction for health practitioners; Top End Division of General Practice
Understanding and managing the health impacts of poor air quality from landscape fires; Medical Journal of Australia
Unprecedented health costs of smoke-related PM2.5 from the 2019–20 Australian megafires; Nature Sustainability
Unprecedented smoke-related health burden associated with the 2019-20 bushfires in eastern Australia; Medical Journal of Australia
Using digital technology to protect health in prolonged poor air quality episodes: a case study of the AirRater App during the Australian 2019–20 fires; Fire
Using smartphone technology to reduce health impacts from atmospheric environmental hazards; Environmental Research Letters
Vegetation fire smoke, indigenous status and cardio respiratory hospital admissions in Darwin, Australia, 1996-2005; Environmental Health
Vegetation fires in the Anthropocene; Nature Reviews Earth & Environment
Vegetation fires, particulate air pollution and asthma: a panel study in the Australian monsoon tropics; International Journal of Environmental Health Research
What are the health and socioeconomic impacts of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania?; Australian Health Review
Wildfire smoke, fire management and human health; EcoHealth: conservation medicine: human health: ecosystem sustainability
Wildfires, global climate change, and human health; New England Journal of Medicine

Research Projects

Assessing inflammatory responses to smoke-derived particles following short term exposure among asthmatics; Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation (CAR)
Assessment Framework for the Evaluation of Wildfire Risk Reduction Strategies; Asthma Australia (AsthmaAus)
Association between bush fire-smoke/wood-smoke and hospital usage in Tasmania; Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation (RHHRF)
Biomass smoke, air quality and health outcomes; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Bushfires, smoke, and people - assessing the risks and benefits from planned burning on the urban rural interface; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Can portable air cleaners protect health?; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Can portable air cleaners protect health?; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Clearing the air in rural communities: an intervention study; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Co-driven research into the effective use of air cleaners from the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research; Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation (CAR)
Energy transitions, air pollution and health in Australia - Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research (CAR); National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
EOI 5 Community Impacts of Smoke; Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC (BNHCRC)
Exposure to PAHs and metals in residential dust and soil resulting from the Hazelwood coalmine fire smoke plume.; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Hazelwood coal mine fire emissions: Are there risks for infant brain development?; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Human health and the aerial microbiome: uncovering interactions across Australia; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Knowledge Broker role for the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research; Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation (CAR)
Living with bushfires: Generating essential evidence for sustainable fire management; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Maternal Exposure to Air Pollution and Perinatal Outcomes in Victoria, Australia; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Pollution, pollen and health; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Port Macquarie Rapid Response; Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation (CAR)
Select Foundation Senior Research Fellowship - Public health/Mental health; The Select Foundation (SelF)
Smoke impacts on community health and social perceptions; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR)
The fire smoke exposure study (UTAS); Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation (CAR)
The ISLAND Resilience Initiative: tailored education to improve bushfire-related health outcomes for older Tasmanians; Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] (DPFEM)
The role of the placenta in determining the post-natal effects of in utero exposure to bushfire smoke; Australian Respiratory Council (AusRespC)
The UTAS Smoke Lab: A request for CAR to fund essential equipment for an Australian facility for inter-disciplinary air quality research; Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation (CAR)
Towards integrated forecasts of pollen and smoke exposure: a Tasmanian pilot of the CSIRO CTM; Centre for Air Quality and Health Research Evaluation (CAR)
Understanding and ameliorating the human health effects of exposure to air pollution: from knowledge to policy and public health practice; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Understanding the economic burden of climate-related extreme events: A framework to support future planning and decision making in the health care sector; Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC)
Understanding the health effects of biomass smoke in Australian towns and cities; National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Understanding the Health Effects of Landscape Burning and Biomass Smoke in Australian Towns and Cities; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Visit to Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies; University of British Columbia (UBC)
Visiting Scholarship for Sarah Henderson, UBC; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
What is the economic impact of allergic respiratory disease in Tasmania?; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Which pollen types matter? Towards better allergy diagnosis in Tasmania; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
AirRater Darwin app
AirRater in the NT - 2021-2023
AirRater NT Health air quality analysis
AirRater TASAIR
AirRater TASAIR 2019
AirRater TASAIR 2019
AQVx (Air Quality Visualisation)
Defining heatwaves in Tasmania
Evaluation of a residential intervention to reduce exposures to smoke events resulting from planned burns
Evaluation of AirRater
Evaluation of different residential indoor air quality interventions to protect public health from smoke emissions
How well can we track population exposure to smoke in southwest WA using the AirRaterSmoke smartphone app?
Indoor Air Quality and Smoke
Nationally integrated air quality forecasting and dissemination - AirRater, AQVx and AQFx
OzAirRater: Evaluation of AirRater as a public health surveillance system
OzAirRater: Evaluation of AirRater as a public health surveillance system
OzAirRater: Investigating smoke, pollen and meteorological hazards in ACT
Sense-T Stage 2: AirRater
The Latrobe Infant Health Study Long term follow up of the Hazelwood Coal mine fire
Update Victoria's Air Pollution Inventory
VICTAPS Network Pollen Training
Victoria Pollen training

Research Candidate Supervision

The impact of job losses on the physical and mental health of Tasmanians