Programs and initiatives

Air Quality Forum: current research on air quality and health

When: Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 12.00pm – 1.30pm

Where: Treasury Theatre, East Melbourne and streaming online

Air pollution is a global environmental health issue contributing significantly to the global burden of disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) lists air pollution as one of the most significant risk factors that can be reduced by actions by individuals, governments and industry. On a world scale, Melbourne and Victoria’s air quality is considered good; however, action needs to be taken to ensure that Victoria’s air quality is maintained, and improved in some locations.

As Victoria’s environmental regulator, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) issues licences to control certain industrial emissions and monitors for breaches of air pollutant standards. EPA actively seeks to inform the community and industry on ways pollutants can be reduced, such as improving the efficiency of wood heaters and maintaining car engines, as well as providing input into land-use planning decisions. EPA also works with key industry sectors to reduce the impact of air pollution.

On Tuesday 3 October EPA hosted a presentation by internationally renowned air quality researcher and speaker Professor Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, who provided his insights into the link between air quality and health, and what practical interventions can improve air quality. Prof Nieuwenhuijsen’s presentation includes a snapshot of current research findings of the European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects project.

Prof Nieuwenhuijsen also discussed the impact of the urban green interface on public health. This included research outcomes and practical interventions recommended by the World Health Organisation’s Urban Green Spaces and Health: A review of evidence (PDF), with discussion on how the recommendations can be implemented where relevant in Melbourne.

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