Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research

Bringing together research on how air pollution and new forms of energy affect our health 
An NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence

​As bushfires continue, the exposure of communities to smoke has become unprecedented. This evidence-based factsheet 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.

What are the links between climate change and bushfires?

16 Jan 2020

"Human-caused climate change has resulted in more dangerous weather conditions for bushfires in recent decades for many regions of Australia" states this factsheet from the The Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub. A useful resource to understanding how climate change will affect future bushfire risk

Long-term health impacts of bushfire smoke unknown

08 Jan 2020

CAR's Bin Jalaludin and Fay Johnston talk to the Sydney Morning Herald about the long-term health impacts of the unprecedented exposure to bushfire smoke

Our experts talk on the health effects of bushfire smoke

05 Jan 2020

Millions of Australians have been exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution from bushfire smoke. In this collection of the latest media interviews our investigators talk about the health impacts and what can be done to minimise this exposure

2020 Asia Pacific Forum for Environmental Health Assessment (APF-EHA 2020)

14 Nov 2019

26-28 July 2020 Melbourne · Australia

Participants are welcomed to the 2020 Asia Pacific Forum for Environmental Health Assessment (APF-EHA 2020). This forum will bring together academic staff, researchers in universities, government representatives, health professionals, and students who are dedicated to the protection of human health from environmental pollution and climate change.


Catastrophic fire danger: Using the AirRater app

11 Nov 2019

On Tuesday 12 November 2019, as fire conditions continue to deteriorate in NSW, a catastrophic fire danger has been issued for greater Sydney, greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions. 

A/Prof Fay Johnston, chief investigator of CAR, leads a team working on the AirRater project.  AirRater is a computer based application that provides public health support by monitoring air pollution levels. AirRater has recently been made available in Port Macquarie area. By using AirRater, it can allow the public to be better prepared and know when to take action to protect their health from the effects of the smoke. 

CAR responds to the review of standards for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide

01 Aug 2019

CAR provides a submission on the proposed variation to the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure (AAQ NEPM) standards for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide.

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About us

We are a virtual center 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.  


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