Bettering Australia’s protected ingesting water requirements and a nationwide wastewater sampling program linking with the Census are amongst tasks as a part of a $1.3 million partnership between The College of Queensland and Queensland Well being.
The 2-year settlement will help analysis and schooling actions carried out by UQ’s world-leading Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS).
Alliance Director Professor Kevin Thomas mentioned QAEHS and Queensland Well being shared a standard objective – for wholesome individuals to dwell in a wholesome setting.
“Partnering with Queensland Well being is an avenue to offer skilled opinion, recommendation and coaching to these on the frontline, underscoring the relevance of our analysis,” Professor Thomas mentioned.
“Our analysis addresses native, nationwide and world environmental well being science challenges, with earlier investigations together with wastewater testing as an early warning system for COVID-19, exposure to PFAS chemicals and the level of drugs found in sewers.
“Collectively, we’ll proceed to concurrently obtain first-class outcomes in analysis, coaching and partnership engagement.”
Initiatives within the subsequent two years will embrace a research led by Dr Phong Thai into the extent of residual methamphetamine that folks come into contact with via smoke absorbed by gadgets like blankets and pillows.
The results of maternal publicity to trihalomethanes, chemical compounds produced on account of a response between chlorine, used for disinfecting faucet water, and pure natural matter is one other venture being funded.
UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy mentioned the Alliance brings collectively environmental well being science specialists who’ve devoted their careers to quantifying and combatting potential threats to individuals and the planet.
“QAEHS researchers are gaining world consideration and advancing data round rising environmental well being dangers, to microbiology, toxicology, local weather change, epidemiology and threat communication,” Professor Abernethy mentioned.
“With high-quality interdisciplinary analysis, the crew is addressing present and rising environmental well being challenges which have world significance.
“We stay up for this ongoing collaboration with Queensland Well being.”
The extension of the settlement between QAEHS and Queensland Well being will proceed till mid-2023.
Picture above left: Professor Kevin Thomas