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.

Conference and Project support grant awarded

4 May, 2020

Dr Dinh Bui a Conference and Project support grant for 2020. The funding will be used towards the attendance of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) international congress in Austria.


Dinh will be presenting his research on the “Patterns of atopy, traffic related air pollution and allergic-respiratory outcomes in middle age”.

Congratulations Dinh!

New CAR affiliates welcomed

1 May, 2020

Prof. Sotiris Vardoulakis from ANU and A/Prof. Camille Raynes-Greenow from University of Sydney have joined the CAR team to become affiliates. Congratulations and welcome!


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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


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Submission to NSW committee into health impacts of bushfires

13 March, 2020

​CAR provided a submission to the NSW committee looking at the "Health impacts of exposure to poor levels of air quality resulting from bushfires and drought". We provided a comprehensive submission on the impacts of bushfire smoke on health, particularly on vulnerable populations.

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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 


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Recording of May webinar out now

25 May, 2020

Dr Annalicia Vaughan covered her PhD studies on:

"The cytotoxic, oxidative and inflammatory potential of alternative diesel fuels on primary human bronchial epithelial cells"


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Bushfire 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

April Webinar recording out now

17 April, 2020

Join us as Prof. Mark Diesendorf discusses the technological solutions and key policy changes needed to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.

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