Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research

An NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

We are a virtual centre that brings together more than 40 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.

16 October, 2020

Guy Marks awarded prestigious fellowship

CAR head Guy Marks has been recognised for his significant contribution to science by being elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS). Fellowship recognises those who have demonstrated distinguished professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine; and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their field.

Congratulations Guy!



12 March, 2020

Bushfire smoke estimated to have led to more than 400 deaths

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 


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9 September, 2020

Our view:  Nationally consistent air quality reporting 

How should Australia's reporting of air quality improve? We've just released our position paper for technical audiences outlining our approach to achieving nationally consistent air quality reporting and health messaging. With the latest bushfire summer, there has never been a better time to look at how states report on air quality. A position paper for general audiences coming soon!



03 July, 2020

Where we stand on bushfire smoke and air quality reporting

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



02 April, 2020

Woodheater smoke more deadly than other human-made air pollution

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


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January 2020

Bushfire smoke workshop

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

17 September, 2020

October webinar: The Pollution, Climate and Global Burden of Disease Initiative

Watch the recording of our October webinar from Dr Howard Hu

on his work on the Global Burden of Disease-Pollution, Climate and Health Initiative (GBD-PCHI)

More info

31 July, 2020

August webinar: recording- Dr Suman Majumder

Watch the recording of our August webinar from Dr Suman Majumder from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

"Statistical Downscaling with Spatial Misalignment"

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