Multi-City Mortality & Morbidity Study – Environmental Protection and Heritage Council – reports dated 9 September 2010

Posted on September 14, 2010. Filed under: Cardiol / Cardiothor Surg, Environmental Health, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , |

Multi-City Mortality & Morbidity Study – Environmental Protection and Heritage Council – reports dated 9 September 2010

“In May 2003, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council approved a research study which examined the effects of air pollution of human health in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Canberra in Australia, and from Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.

The study included an analysis of data from these cities on mortality and hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular disease using a standardised statistical approach consistent with large multi-city studies in the USA and Europe. The study also included an analysis of the health effects attributed to PM2.5 and PM10. The principal investigators were the University of the Sunshine Coast in association with the School of Population Health, University of Queensland, and associate investigators include New South Wales Health, Queensland Health, Environment Protection Victoria, West Australian Department of Environment Protection, Environment ACT, and the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.

A final report of the study was presented by the investigators in 2006. A peer review of the study was initiated in 2007, focusing on the study design, the soundness and reliability of the statistical methods used and whether the methods employed had been applied appropriately.

The peer review was conducted by international experts (Prof Ross Anderson and Dr Richard Atkinson, St Georges Hospital, London; Dr Lucas Neas, US EPA; and, Dr Annette Peters, GSF Germany). All reviewers provided positive responses to the report and did not identify any issues with the method used in the analysis. Most comments focused on interpretation and presentation of the results. These issues were relayed to the researchers and were addressed in the finalisation of the report for the EPHC in July 2010.

The study will provide useful information for the review of the Ambient Air Quality NEPM.”

Expansion of the Multi-City Mortality and Morbidity Study – Executive Summary & Summary Report – Sept 2010 222KB

Multi-city – Volume 1 – Expansion of the Multi-City Mortality and Morbidity Study – Sept 2010 183KB

Multi-city – Volume 2 – Expansion of the Multi-City Mortality and Morbidity Study – Sept 2010 1.69MB

Multi-city – Volume 3 – Expansion of the Multi-City Mortality and Morbidity Study – Sept 2010 1.81MB

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Monitoring the impact of air pollution on asthma in Australia: a methods paper – AIHW – 22 March 2010

Posted on March 23, 2010. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , |

Monitoring the impact of air pollution on asthma in Australia: a methods paper – AIHW – 22 March 2010

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

“Air pollution can trigger asthma and, in severe cases, has been associated with hospitalisation and death. How much of a problem is air pollution though? What proportion of asthma exacerbations are due to air pollution each year? How much does this vary with extreme events such as bushfires and dust storms? This paper discusses the challenges associated with this type of monitoring, outlines the work that has so far been done in Australia in this area and presents a method for estimating the contribution of air pollution to asthma hospitalisations. The method has been applied to a particular case study ‘Melbourne in 2006’ to test its potential usefulness.”

ISBN-13 978-1-74249-000-14; AIHW cat. no. ACM 18; 40pp.

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