The Australian Child Health and Air Pollution Study investigated the relationship between air quality and respiratory health, testing 2860 students from 60 primary schools across Australia. The study will inform the revision of the national air quality standards. It was conducted by the University of Queensland in collaboration with the Woolcock Institute in Sydney.
Testing of children’s lung function and allergy testing was conducted on school children aged between 7 and 11. Diaries of respiratory symptoms were also collected.
In Victoria, the study was conducted in primary schools in Alphington, Brighton, Box Hill, Footscray, Geelong South, Mooroolbark, Richmond and Traralgon in 2007. These locations were chosen to obtain results for a range of air quality and because the schools are near air monitoring stations, not because any specific problems have been identified in these areas.
The study was released by the former Standing Council in September 2012. For a copy of the study, visit the ACHAPS final report web page (now on the National Environment Protection Council website).