School of Population and Global Health

Environmental epidemiology

The emphasis of the Environmental Epidemiology Program is to investigate the health outcomes associated with environmental exposures and apply existing knowledge to reduce exposure of particular populations to known risk factors.

The program investigates exposures to air pollution, water contaminants and persistent organic compounds, include pesticides.

Breast Cancer Environmental and Employment Study (BCEES)

We are currently working with colleagues at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research and the Cancer Council WA to investigate environmental and occupational risk factors for breast cancer.

The Australian Maternal Exposure to Toxic Substances (AMETS)

The Australian Maternal Exposure to Toxic Substances (AMETS) is examining the extent to which pregnant women are exposed to a range of persistent toxic substance, including metals, brominated flame retardants and pesticides from the environment. It is a global collaboration between Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program Norway, Edith Cowan University, The University of Western Australia, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, and National Measurement Institute.

Health In Men Air Quality Study (HIMAQS)

 The Health in Men Air Quality Study aims to investigate the effects of long term exposure to air pollution on human health in a cohort of older men in Perth, Western Australia. This study follows on from the Health in Men Study (HIMS) which is an ongoing study investigating healthy ageing in older men.


Selected Publications

  • Girschik J, Heyworth J, Fritschi L, 2012, Self-reported sleep duration, sleep quality, and breast cancer risk in a population-based case-control study. American Journal of Epidemiology. accepted 27/04/2012
  • Buzzacott P, Pikora T, Rosenberg M and Heyworth J, 2012, Rapid ascent and buoyancy problems in Western Australia. Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine; 42:31-35.
  • El Zaemey S, Nagi N, Fritischi L, Heyworth J, 2012, Breast Cancer among Yemeni Women Using the National Oncology Centre Registry 2004-2010. Cancer Epidemiology. accepted 2/2/2012
  • Rogers P, Haddow L, Thomson A, Fritschi L, Girschik J, Boyle T, el Zaemey S, Heyworth J, 2011, Including questionnaires with the invitation package appeared to increase the response fraction among women. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology; In press.
  • Boyle T, Heyworth J, Landrigan J, Mina R and Fritschi L, 2011, The effect of Lottery Scratch Tickets and Donation Offers on Response Fraction: A Study and Meta-Analysis. Field Methods; Published online 27/12/2011.
  • Gowland A, Cook A, Heyworth J, 2011, The current status of environmental health research in Australia. International Journal of Environmental Health Research; 12/2011; DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2011.643231. IF 1.214; 90/122 PEOH; ERA: C; contribution 15%
  • Neeltje A, Heyworth JS, McNaughton S, Iacopetta B, Fritschi L, 2011, Fruit and vegetable consumption and the risk of proximal colon, distal colon and rectal cancers in a case-control study in Western Australia. Journal of the American Dietetic Association; 111(10):1479-1490.
  • Arnold RG, Heyworth JS,  Sáez AE, Rodriguez C, Weinstein P, Ling B and Memon S, 2011, The status of water and sanitation among Pacific Rim nations. Reviews on Environmental Health; 26(1):17-30.
  • Boyle T, Bull F, Heyworth JS and Fritschi L, 2011, Long term sedentary work and the risk of subsite-specific colorectal cancer risk. American Journal of Epidemiology; Advance Access published March 18, 2011 DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwq513.
  • Tabatabaei SM, Heyworth JS, Knuiman M, Fritschi L, 2011, Meat consumption, cooking practices and the risk of colorectal cancer. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; 65:668-675.
  • Fritschi L, Glass DC, Heyworth JS, Aronson K, Girschik J, Boyle T, and Erren TC, 2011, Hypothesis for mechanisms linking shiftwork and cancer. Medical Hypotheses; accepted 10 January 2011; On-line July 2011.
  • Moorin RE, Heyworth JS, Riley TV and Forbes GM, 2010, Long-term health risks after infective gastroenteritis in children and young adults: a population-based cohort study. Emerging Infectious Diseases; Sept,16(9):1440-1447.
  • Reid A, Heyworth J, De Klerk N, Musk AW, 2009, Asbestos exposure and gestational trophoblastic disease: a hypothesis. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Nov; 18(11):2895-8.
  • Heyworth JS, Reynolds CR and Jones AL, 2009, A Tale of Two Towns - Observations on risk perception of environmental lead exposure in Port Pirie and Esperance, Australia. Environmental Health; 9(1&2):60-73.
  • Heyworth JS and Mullan N, 2009, Environmental Lead and Nickel Contamination of Tank Rainwater in Esperance, Western Australia: An Evaluation of the Cleaning Program. Journal of Water Resource and Protection; 1(1): 1-9.
  • Heyworth, J,Glonek, G, Maynard, EJ, Baghurst, PS, Finlay-Jones J, 2006, Consumption of untreated tank rainwater and gastroenteritis in young children in South Australia. International Journal of Epidemiology; 35:1051-1058 IF 4.045
  • Iacopetta, B, Heyworth, J, Girschik, J, Grieu, F, Clayforth, C, Fritschi, L, 2009, The MTHFR C677T and DNMT3B C-149T polymorphisms confer different risks for right- and left-sided colorectal cancers. International Journal of Cancer; accepted January 2009. IF 4.555
  • Heyworth, J, Cutt H, Glonek G, 2006, Does dog or cat ownership lead to increased gastroenteritis in young children in South Australia? Journal of Epidemiology and Infection; 134:926-934. IF 1.674

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