Darwin Living Lab webinar – Using AirRater to support heat stress guidance in Darwin
Outdoor workers are at greater risk of poor health outcomes at high temperatures and with poor air quality. The University of Tasmania is working with the CSIRO Darwin Living Lab team, to find out how temperature and air quality can affect the health of outdoor workers. AirRater is a free smartphone app developed by the University of Tasmania, available to all Australians to help them track environmental hazards such as temperature, air quality and pollen (where available).
More information on the AirRater project is available here.
The webinar explored how AirRater could help increase awareness of extreme heat and poor air quality, leading to a reduction in health impacts, and ultimately to better workplace health outcomes. The recorded version is avaibale below.
We heard from the following experts:
|Dr Sharon Campbell
Environmental Health Research Unit, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of TasmaniaSharon is a postdoc research fellow in climate change and health. Her research focusses on the health impacts of climate-related extreme events such as bushfires and heatwaves. Sharon has worked with the AirRater team since inception in 2015, and is leading the project to investigate heat stress on outdoor workers in Darwin.
|Prof Fay Johnston
Environmental Health Research Unit, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of TasmaniaFay is a public health physician and environmental epidemiologist. Her research focusses on the environmental determinants of health and their implications for public health policy and clinical practice. Fay leads the Environmental Health Research group at Menzies and is a specialist medical advisor for the Department of Health, Tasmania.
|Dr Simon Quilty
Senior Staff Specialist Alice Springs Hospital, Medical Advisor Purple House, Senior Lecturer ANUSimon is a physician who has lived and worked in remote NT for the past two decades. He has a background in engineering, and has a scope of research examining the impact of climate change on health and wellbeing from an NT perspective.