Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research

An NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

We are a virtual centre that brings together more than 30 researchers from around Australia and internationally to pursue collaborative research projects and translate our research into practice. Our research aims to understand the health impacts of air pollution and new energy sources.


Our vision is for a healthier community through cleaner air and cleaner energy sources.  

In response to the 2019-20 bushfire season in Australia, we compiled this evidence-based factsheet. It outlines what the health impacts are to bushfire smoke, which groups are most vulnerable, what we can do to minimise exposure and why climate change is needed now.

Where we stand on bushfire smoke and air quality reporting

03 July, 2020

Read our recommendations for improving air pollution information, public health messaging and research priorities in our submission to the Bushfire Royal Commission 



Postdoc position now open

3 June, 2020

We welcome applications for one postdoc fellowship position to start in 2020 for those interested in a career in air pollution research and/or understanding the impacts of energy transitions on human health.


Applications are due 22 July 2020.  

More information

Woodheater smoke more deadly than other human-made air pollution

02 April, 2020

CAR researchers have estimated the impacts of different sources of man-made pollution and have shown that wood heaters are the largest source of PM2.5 and annually contribute to 1,400 'Years of Life Lost' in the greater Sydney region. This is more than pollution from traffic and power stations


Read publication

Bushfire smoke estimated to have led to more than 400 deaths

12 March, 2020

Modelling shows that exposure to smoke during the 2019-20 bushfire season resulted in approximately 400 premature deaths and over 3,000 hospital admissions in the eastern states 


Read publication


Bushfire smoke workshop

January 2020

Join us on 8 & 9 October, 2020 as we host a two-day workshop to discuss the latest evidence and policy implications around the health effects of smoke from bushfires and planned burns.

More info

July webinar: 

03 July, 2020

Join us online on 24 July 1-2 pm AEST as we hear from Associate Professor Adam Dunn on 

"Social media data for spatial variation in population-level health studies"


Watch webinar live

Recording of June webinar: "Something in the Air" out now

02 July, 2020

Sally Longmore  from University of Western Sydney provided a CAR webinar on the literature and her research into motor vehicle pollution and its effect on human physiology.

Watch recording


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