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HIMAQS - Health In Men Air Quality Study

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Contact Dr Jane Heyworth, UWA

08-6488 3770


Harvard ImpactorThe 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.

We plan to measure nitrogen oxides (NOx - a pollutant mainly arising from vehicles) and particulate matter of two sizes that have previously been linked to human health problems (PM10 and PM2.5

Particulate matter will be measured using Harvard impactors and nitrogen dioxide will be measured using Ogawa passive diffusion badges. These measurements will be taken at 44 locations across Perth metropolitan area. The sites have been selected to represent different patterns in air pollution. At each of the sites measurements will be taken over two-week periods and this will be repeated three times throughout the years, during summer, autumn, and winter.

These measurements will then be combined with two modelling approaches (land use regression analysis and dispersion modelling) to help classify how much air pollution each of the participants are exposed to at their home address.

The results of these exposure measurements will be linked to HIMS health data to investigate the contribution of air pollution to the health status of this cohort.Ogawa Badge

This will be the first study undertaken in Australia to address the health impacts associated with long term air pollution exposure and individual health outcomes including respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity, mortality and disease biomarkers.

The results from this study will provide information on what types of pollutants are harmful to human health. This information will be made available to the public and provide to agencies planning intervention strategies aimed at reducing exposure to possibly harmful pollutants. 

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