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Fay Johnston

Senior Research Fellow, Public Health and Primary Care Theme, Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Room 354b, Medical Science 2, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 7726 (phone)

Fay.Johnston@utas.edu.au

Fay Johnston is a public health physician, environmental epidemiologist and sessional general practitioner. She heads the Environment and Health group, within the Public Health and Primary Care research theme of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. She is currently supported by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, (environmental epidemiology), Menzies School of Health Research, Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, Australia, 2008. Health Impacts of Bushfire Smoke in the Australian Monsoon Tropics
  • Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia, 1999
  • Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Australia, 1998
  • Master of Applied Epidemiology, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Australia, 1997. Outbreaks Out Bush: Applied epidemiology in the Northern territory
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Flinders University of South Australia, Australia, 1987
  • Diploma in Anaesthesia, Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK, 1992
  • Diploma in Obstetrics, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Australia, 1990

Biography

Prior to moving to Tasmania in 2007, Fay was based in the Northern Territory for 20 years. She initially worked as a Rural Medical Officer providing clinical, public health and emergency clinical services to remote communities in the Top End. She went on to do further training in epidemiology and public health medicine and commenced her career in environmental health research. In the NT Fay co-led a series of interdisciplinary projects addressing the nexus between human and landscape health in the context of Aboriginal communities in the NT, taught post graduate units in public health, edited an introductory textbook in Tropical Health for GPs, and contributed to NT public health policy particularly in the areas of communicable disease control and immunisation. She supervised several post graduate research students, public health and GP researchers and continued part time clinical practice.

Since the award of her PhD in 2008 Fay has been based with the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Hobart where she leads an interdisciplinary research group addressing environmental determinants of health including the epidemiology of smoke pollution from outdoor fires and domestic wood heaters, aero-allergens and heatwaves.

Fay continues sessional general practice at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, and is a Specialist Medical Advisor for Public Health Services, DHHS.

Research Themes

Fay Johnston's work aligns with two of the University's research themes: Better Health and Environment. Her program focusses on environmental influences on health such as air pollution, heat-waves and aero-allergens, and the implications of these for public health policy and clinical practice. A key area of expertise is the health impacts of outdoor air pollution from landscape fires and she has been active in this research area for the last 15 years. She works closely with Australian and international collaborators in the fields of environmental epidemiology, fire ecology, atmospheric chemistry, toxicology, social science and geography.

Some key research contributions to date have included:

  1. Demonstrating that interventions to reduce the number of wood heaters and improve outdoor air quality in the city of Launceston also reduced mortality.
  2. Characterising the global mortality impacts from all landscape fire activity and tropical deforestation fires in particular. This has demonstrated major co-benefits of initiatives to address tropical deforestation.
  3. Demonstrating how, in higher risk groups such as people with asthma, adverse health outcomes can occur at particle concentrations well below current national 24 hour air quality standards.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • Australian Epidemiology Association
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
  • Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Teaching

Teaching responsibility

  • Guest lecturer in public and environmental health
  • Supervises the training of Tasmanian specialist medical practitioners in public health
  • Supervises honours and post graduate research students in public and environmental health

Research Appointments

  • Expert Working Group of the National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality
  • Scientific Advisory Committee of the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania

View more on Dr Fay Johnston in WARP

Expertise

  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Outdoor air pollution and wood smoke
  • Health impacts of bushfires, heatwaves and pollen
  • Public health policy

Awards

  • International Visiting Research Scholarship. Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, ($CAD10,000), 2015-16
  • Finalist,  Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Environmental Research, 2008

Current projects

  1. Fires, Smoke and People
    This international program of work is investigating the relative health impacts of planned burns and severe bushfires in the context of bushfire management. This is a partnership with Professor David Bowman's Environmental Change Biology Group in the School of Biological Sciences. This is an ARC Linkage project conducted in collaboration with partner agencies and investigators in Tasmania, NSW and Victoria and British Columbia, Canada where there are similar challenges in forest fire management.  We are developing new approaches to the modelling of air quality impacts of landscape fires and other sources of air pollution and the utility of using these methods for public health planning and epidemiological research.  
  2. AirRater, An air sensing network to protect Tasmanians' health
    This local Tasmanian project is another collaboration with the Environmental Change Biology Group. We are exploring new ways to reduce the public health impacts of winter air pollution from wood heaters, and developing novel systems for surveillance and health alerts to enable individuals and public agencies to better manage environmental health hazards in Tasmania, including heat cold and pollen counts. The work is funded by Sense-T. For more information visit the AirRater webpage. To register your interest in participating in this project please visit our blog.
  3. The Latrobe Early Life Follow up (ELF) Study
    This is the child health and development stream of the Hazelwood Mine Fire Health study, a long term research program commissioned by the Victorian Government to investigate potential health impacts of an episode of severe air pollution generated by an open cut coal mine fire in the Latrobe valley of Victoria in 2014. The ELF study has two components. The first is establishing a cohort of infants born in the two years before and after the time of the fire to follow through future years, and the second is a large state wide data linkage study to evaluate the impact of the fire on perinatal health outcomes. This is a large collaboration with co-investigators from CSIRO, Monash, Sydney and Edith Cowan Universities and the University of Melbourne. For more information visit The Latrobe Early Life Follow up (ELF) Study webpage.

Collaborations

Fay Johnston currently collaborates with researchers at the following universities, research organisations and government agencies:

International

  • Gothenburg University, Sweden
  • Northern Carolina State University, US
  • Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Canada
  • The US Environment Protection Authority
  • The University of British Columbia, Canada

Australia

  • Australian National University
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • CSIRO
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Environment Protection Authorities (in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania)
  • Monash University
  • Sydney University
  • Tasmania Fire Service
  • The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC
  • The Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (Victoria)
  • The Departments of Health and Human Services (Victoria and Tasmania)
  • The Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of NSW
  • The University of Wollongong

Research Fields

  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Environmental Monitoring (050206)
  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases) (110201)
  • Respiratory Diseases (110203)
  • Landscape Ecology (050104)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (050204)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Infectious Diseases (110309)
  • Environmental Science and Management (050299)
  • Cancer Cell Biology (111201)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Social and Community Psychology (170113)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Forestry Fire Management (070503)
  • Broadband and Modem Technology (100502)
  • Data Communications (100504)
  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (091599)
  • Autonomic Nervous System (110901)

Research Impact

  • Environmental Health (920405)
  • Air Quality (960199)
  • Cardiovascular System and Diseases (920103)
  • Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) (920115)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) (920303)
  • Natural Hazards in Forest and Woodlands Environments (961004)
  • Occupational Health (920505)
  • Rural Land Policy (960705)
  • Immune System and Allergy (920108)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health (920301)
  • Rural Land Evaluation (960607)
  • Child Health (920501)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Natural Hazards (961099)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)
  • Information Processing Services (incl. Data Entry and Capture) (890205)
  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Internet Hosting Services (incl. Application Hosting Services) (890206)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Urban and Industrial Air Quality (960106)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)

Publications

For more information about Fay's research publications visit her Google Scholar page.

Total publications

48

Highlighted publications

(10 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2014Journal ArticleJohnston F, Purdie S, Jalaludin B, Martin KL, Henderson SB, et al., 'Air pollution events from forest fires and emergency department attendances in Sydney, Australia 1996-2007: a case-crossover analysis', Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 13, (1) Article 105. ISSN 1476-069X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-105 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Martin KL

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2013Journal ArticleJohnston FH, Hanigan IC, Henderson SB, Morgan GG, 'Evaluation of interventions to reduce air pollution from biomass smoke on mortality in Launceston, Australia: Retrospective analysis of daily mortality, 1994-2007', BMJ, 346, (7890) Article e8446. ISSN 1756-1833 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e8446 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Hanigan IC

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2013Journal ArticleMartin KL, Hanigan IC, Morgan GG, Henderson SB, Johnston FH, 'Air pollution from bushfires and their association with hospital admissions in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, Australia 1994-2007', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37, (3) pp. 238-243. ISSN 1326-0200 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12065 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Martin KL; Hanigan IC

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2012Journal ArticleJohnston FH, Henderson SB, Chen Y, Randerson JT, Marlier M, et al., 'Estimated global mortality attributable to smoke from landscape fires', Environmental Health Perspectives, 120, (5) pp. 695-701. ISSN 0091-6765 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1104422 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 86Web of Science - 79

Co-authors: Henderson SB; Bowman DMJS

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2011Journal ArticleBowman DMJS, Balch J, Artaxo P, Bond WJ, Cochrane MA, et al., 'The human dimension of fire regimes on Earth', Journal of Biogeography, 38, (12) pp. 2223-2236. ISSN 0305-0270 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02595.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 163Web of Science - 152

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2011Journal ArticleJohnston F, Hanigan I, Henderson S, Morgan G, Bowman D, 'Extreme air pollution events from bushfires and dust storms and their association with mortality in Sydney, Australia 1994-2007', Environmental Research: A Journal of Environmental Medicine and The Environmental Sciences, 111, (6) pp. 811-816. ISSN 0013-9351 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2011.05.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 56Web of Science - 58

Co-authors: Hanigan I; Henderson S; Bowman D

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2009Journal ArticleBowman DMJS, Balch JK, Artaxo P, Bond WJ, Carlson JM, et al., 'Fire in the Earth System', Science, 324, (5926) pp. 481-484. ISSN 0036-8075 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1126/science.1163886 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 723Web of Science - 666

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2009Journal ArticleJohnston FH, Hanigan IC, Bowman DMJS, 'Pollen Loads and Allergic Rhinitis in Darwin, Australia: A Potential Health Outcome of the Grass-Fire Cycle', EcoHealth, 6, (1) pp. 99-108. ISSN 1612-9202 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-009-0225-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Hanigan IC; Bowman DMJS

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2007Journal ArticleJohnston F, Jacups SP, Vickery AJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Ecohealth and Aboriginal Testimony of the Nexus Between Human Health and Place', Ecohealth, 4, (4) pp. 489-499. ISSN 1612-9202 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-007-0142-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2006Journal ArticleJohnston F, Webby R, Pilotto L, Bailie R, Parry D, et al., 'Vegetation fires, particulate air pollution and asthma: a panel study in the Australian monsoon tropics', International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 16, (6) pp. 391-404. ISSN 0960-3123 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09603120601093642 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 28

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Johnston FH, Melody S, Bowman DMJS, 'The pyrohealth transition: How combustion emissions have shaped health through human history', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371, (1696) Article 20150173. ISSN 0962-8436 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0173 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Melody S; Bowman DMJS

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2016Melody SM, Bennett E, Clifford HD, Johnston FH, Shepherd CCJ, et al., 'A cross-sectional survey of environmental health in remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia', International Journal of Environmental Health Research pp. 1-11. ISSN 1369-1619 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2016.1194384 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Melody SM; Bennett E; Zosky GR

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2016Reid CE, Brauer M, Johnston F, Jerrett M, Balmes JR, et al., 'Critical Review of Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke Exposure', Environmental Health Perspectives pp. 1-48. ISSN 0091-6765 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1409277 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Roos CI, Scott AC, Belcher CM, Chaloner WG, Aylen J, et al., 'Living on a flammable planet: interdisciplinary, cross-scalar and varied cultural lessons, prospects and challenges', Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 371, (1696) Article 20150469. ISSN 0962-8436 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0469 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2016O'Keeffe D, Dennekamp M, Straney L, Mazhar M, O'Dwyer T, et al., 'Health effects of smoke from planned burns: a study protocol', BMC Public Health, 16, (1) Article 186. ISSN 1471-2458 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-2862-y [eCite] [Details]

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2015Haikerwal A, Reisen F, Sim MR, Abramson MJ, Meyer CP, et al., 'Impact of smoke from prescribed burning: Is it a public health concern?', Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 65, (5) pp. 592-598. ISSN 1096-2247 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10962247.2015.1032445 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2015Melody SM, Johnston FH, 'Coal mine fires and human health: What do we know?', International Journal of Coal Geology, 152, (Part B) pp. 1-14. ISSN 0166-5162 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.coal.2015.11.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Melody SM

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2015Beggs PJ, Katelaris CH, Medek D, Johnston FH, Burton PK, et al., 'Differences in grass pollen allergen exposure across Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39, (1) pp. 51-55. ISSN 1326-0200 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12325 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2015Medek DE, Beggs PJ, Erbas B, Jaggard AK, Campbell BC, et al., 'Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand', Aerobiologia pp. 1-14. ISSN 1573-3025 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10453-015-9399-x [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2014Haberle SG, Bowman DMJS, Newnham RM, Johnston FH, Beggs PJ, et al., 'The macroecology of airborne pollen in Australian and New Zealand urban areas', PLoS One, 9, (5) Article e97925. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0097925 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS; Williamson GJ

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2014Johnston F, Bowman D, 'Bushfire smoke: an exemplar of coupled human and natural systems', Geographical Research, 52, (1) pp. 45-54. ISSN 1745-5871 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12028 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Bowman D

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2014Bowman DMJS, Johnston F, 'Bushfires, Human Health Economics, and Pyrogeography', Geographical Research, 52, (3) pp. 340-343. ISSN 1745-5863 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12065 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2014Roos C, Bowman DMJS, Balch JK, Artaxo P, Bond WJ, et al., 'Pyrogeography, historical ecology, and the human dimensions of fire regimes', Journal of Biogeography, 41, (4) pp. 833-836. ISSN 0305-0270 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12285 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2014Johnston F, Purdie S, Jalaludin B, Martin KL, Henderson SB, et al., 'Air pollution events from forest fires and emergency department attendances in Sydney, Australia 1996-2007: a case-crossover analysis', Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 13, (1) Article 105. ISSN 1476-069X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-105 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Martin KL

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2013Johnston FH, Hanigan IC, Henderson SB, Morgan GG, 'Evaluation of interventions to reduce air pollution from biomass smoke on mortality in Launceston, Australia: Retrospective analysis of daily mortality, 1994-2007', BMJ, 346, (7890) Article e8446. ISSN 1756-1833 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e8446 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Hanigan IC

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2013Martin KL, Hanigan IC, Morgan GG, Henderson SB, Johnston FH, 'Air pollution from bushfires and their association with hospital admissions in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, Australia 1994-2007', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 37, (3) pp. 238-243. ISSN 1326-0200 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12065 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Martin KL; Hanigan IC

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2013Wilson LA, Morgan GG, Hanigan IC, Johnston FH, Abu-Rayya H, et al., 'The impact of heat on mortality and morbidity in the Greater Metropolitan Sydney Region: a case crossover analysis', Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 12, (98) pp. 1-14. ISSN 1476-069X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-12-98 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2012Henderson SB, Johnston FH, 'Measures of forest fire smoke exposure and their associations with respiratory health outcomes', Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 12, (3) pp. 221-227. ISSN 1528-4050 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/ACI.0b013e328353351f [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 24

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2012Johnston FH, Henderson SB, Chen Y, Randerson JT, Marlier M, et al., 'Estimated global mortality attributable to smoke from landscape fires', Environmental Health Perspectives, 120, (5) pp. 695-701. ISSN 0091-6765 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1104422 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 86Web of Science - 79

Co-authors: Henderson SB; Bowman DMJS

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2012Price OF, Williamson GJ, Henderson SB, Johnston F, Bowman DMJS, 'The relationship between particulate pollution levels in Australian cities, meteorology, and landscape fire activity detected from MODIS hotspots', PL o S One, 7, (10) Article e47327. ISSN 1932-6203 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047327 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Williamson GJ; Bowman DMJS

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2011Bowman DMJS, Balch J, Artaxo P, Bond WJ, Cochrane MA, et al., 'The human dimension of fire regimes on Earth', Journal of Biogeography, 38, (12) pp. 2223-2236. ISSN 0305-0270 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02595.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 163Web of Science - 152

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2011Johnston FH, Hanigan IC, Henderson SB, Morgan GG, Portner T, et al., 'Creating an Integrated Historical Record of Extreme Particulate Air Pollution Events in Australian Cities from 1994 to 2007 ', Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 61, (4) pp. 390-398. ISSN 1096-2247 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3155/1047-3289.61.4.390 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Hanigan IC; Henderson SB; Portner T; Williamson GJ; Bowman DMJS

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2011Johnston F, Hanigan I, Henderson S, Morgan G, Bowman D, 'Extreme air pollution events from bushfires and dust storms and their association with mortality in Sydney, Australia 1994-2007', Environmental Research: A Journal of Environmental Medicine and The Environmental Sciences, 111, (6) pp. 811-816. ISSN 0013-9351 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2011.05.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 56Web of Science - 58

Co-authors: Hanigan I; Henderson S; Bowman D

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2010Johnston FH, Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, 'A review of approaches to monitoring smoke from vegetation fires for public health ', Air Quality and Climate Change, 44, (2) pp. 17-21. ISSN 1836-5876 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Williamson GJ; Bowman DMJS

2009Bowman DMJS, Balch JK, Artaxo P, Bond WJ, Carlson JM, et al., 'Fire in the Earth System', Science, 324, (5926) pp. 481-484. ISSN 0036-8075 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1126/science.1163886 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 723Web of Science - 666

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2009Burgess CP, Johnston FH, Berry HL, McDonnell J, Yibarbuk D, et al., 'Healthy country, healthy people: the relationship between Indigenous health status and 'caring for country'', Medical Journal of Australia, 190, (10) pp. 567-572. ISSN 0025-729X (2009) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 19450204 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 49Web of Science - 44

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2009Johnston F, 'Bushfires and human health in a changing environment', Australian Family Physician, 38, (9) pp. 720-724. ISSN 0300-8495 (2009) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 19893802 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 12

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2009Johnston FH, Hanigan IC, Bowman DMJS, 'Pollen Loads and Allergic Rhinitis in Darwin, Australia: A Potential Health Outcome of the Grass-Fire Cycle', EcoHealth, 6, (1) pp. 99-108. ISSN 1612-9202 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-009-0225-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Hanigan IC; Bowman DMJS

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2008Esler D, Johnston F, Thomas D, Davis B, 'The validity of a depression screening tool modified for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32, (4) pp. 317-321. ISSN 1326-0200 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00247.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14

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2008Hanigan IC, Johnston F, Morgan GG, 'Vegetation fire smoke, indigenous status and cardio respiratory hospital admissions in Darwin, Australia, 1996-2005', Environmental Health, 7, (Aug 5) pp. 42. ISSN 1832-3367 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-7-42 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 26

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2007Esler D, Johnston F, Thomas D, 'The acceptability of a depression screening tool in an urban, aboriginal community-controlled health service', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 31, (3) pp. 259-263. ISSN 1326-0200 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2007.00058.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

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2007Hanigan I, Johnston F, 'Respiratory hospital admissions are associated with ambient airborne pollen in Darwin, Australia 2004-2005', Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 37, (10) pp. 1556-1565. ISSN 0954-7894 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2222.2007.02800.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 16

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2007Johnston F, Bailie R, Pilotto L, Hanigan I, 'Ambient biomass smoke and cardio-respiratory hospital admissions in Darwin, Australia', BMC Public Health, 7, (1) pp. 240. ISSN 1471-2458 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-240 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 50Web of Science - 51

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2007Johnston F, Jacups SP, Vickery AJ, Bowman DMJS, 'Ecohealth and Aboriginal Testimony of the Nexus Between Human Health and Place', Ecohealth, 4, (4) pp. 489-499. ISSN 1612-9202 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-007-0142-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Bowman DMJS

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2006Johnston F, Webby R, Pilotto L, Bailie R, Parry D, et al., 'Vegetation fires, particulate air pollution and asthma: a panel study in the Australian monsoon tropics', International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 16, (6) pp. 391-404. ISSN 0960-3123 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09603120601093642 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 28

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2005Bowman D, Johnston F, 'Wildfire smoke, fire management and human health', EcoHealth: conservation medicine: human health: ecosystem sustainability, 2, (1) pp. 76-80. ISSN 1612-9202 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10393-004-0149-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32

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2005Johnston FH, Morris PS, Speare R, McCarthy J, Currie B, et al., 'Strongyloidiasis: A review of the evidence for Australian practitioners', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 13, (4) pp. 247-254. ISSN 1038-5282 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2005.00710.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31

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2003Grundy J, Johnston F, 'Building the research capacity of primary care providers: development of the primary health care research evaluation and development project in the Northern Territory', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 9, (1) pp. 9-17. ISSN 1448-7527 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 4

Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2003Johnston F, 'Tropical Health in the Top End: an introduction for health practitioners', Top End Division of General Practice, Darwin, NT, pp. 1-164. ISBN 1877021024 (2003) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Johnston F, Burgess CP, Bowman DMJS, 'A case for Indigenous natural resource management and health', Investing in Indigenous Natural Resource Management, Charles Darwin University, M.K. Luckert; B.M. Campbell, J.T. Gorman & S.T. Garnett (ed), Darwin, pp. 91-95. ISBN 9780980384642 (2007) [Other Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Bowman D, Johnston F, 'Gender and Wildfire: Landscapes of Uncertainty', Geographical Research, 53, (2) pp. 227-228. (2015) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12079 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bowman D

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Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
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2015Lyth A, Johnston F, Spinaze A, 'Community health risk perceptions on planned burning: bolstering the risk management and communication evidence base', Public Health Congress 2015, 7-9 September 2015, Hobart, Australia (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lyth A

2013Dennekamp M, Reisen F, Haikerwal A, Abramson M, Jalaludin B, et al., 'Smoke impacts on community health and social perceptions', 10th Bushfire CRC Annual Conference, 2-5 September 2013, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Medek D, Vicendese D, Jaggard A, Campbell B, Johnston F, et al., 'Regional and seasonal variation in airborne grass pollen levels between cities of Australia and New Zealand', Special Issue: Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) 24th Annual Scientific Meeting , 11-13 September 2013, Perth, Australia, pp. 7-7. ISSN 1444-0903 (2013) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1111/imj.12252 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bowman D

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2008Hanigan IC, Johnston F, Morgan GG, Dingle JK, Bowman DMJS, 'Assessing the relationship between exposure to vegetation smoke and hospital admissions when empirical air quality measurements are limited', Epidemiology [Supplement], 12-16 October 2008, Pasadena, California, pp. S266-S267. (2008) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1097/01.ede.0000340279.77286.58 [eCite] [Details]

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2006Johnston F, Bailie R, Pilotto L, Hanigan I, 'Bushfire smoke and hospital admissions in the Australian monsoon tropics', Annual Scientific Meeting Australasian Epidemiology Association, September, Melbourne (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Johnston F, Bowman D, Jacklyn S, Vickery A, 'Aboriginal testimony about health and place', International Geography Union Meeting, June, Brisbane, Australia (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Johnston F, Webby R, Bailie R, Pilotto L, Parry D, et al., 'Is the tropical dry season smoke haze a health hazard for people with asthma?', Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Annual Scientific Meeting, October, Darwin (2006) [Conference Extract]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

15

Total funding

$4,105,357

Projects

Visit to Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (2016)$10,000
Description
International Visiting Research Scholars will undertake outstanding and innovative research in the sciences, socialsciences and/or humanities in interdisciplinary collaboration with UBC scholars.Visiting Research Scholars will be designated Associates of the Peter Wall Institute during their stay, and areexpected to spend some of their time in residence at the Institutes offices.
Funding
University of British Columbia ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-International Visiting Research Scholar
Administered By
University of British Columbia
Research Team
Johnston F
Year
2016
Hazelwood coal mine fire emissions: Are there risks for infant brain development? (2016)$14,959
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,959)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wheeler A; Johnston F; Zosky GR; Foa LC
Year
2016
Exposure to PAHs and metals in residential dust and soil resulting from the Hazelwood coalmine fire smoke plume. (2016)$19,990
Description
The Hazelwood coal mine fire at Morwell in Victoria lasted 6 weeks. It was an unprecedented event that produced some of the most extreme concentration of PM2.5 ever measured in Australia. The public health response to this was hampered by the paucity of published evidence, particularly concerning the risk of longer term impacts on the health of those exposed. The purpose of the proposed research is to address this gap.
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($19,990)
Scheme
Grant-Centre of Research Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wheeler A; Johnston F
Year
2016
The Latrobe Infant Health Study Long term follow up of the Hazelwood Coal mine fire (2015 - 2024)$1,276,092
Description
This project follows a cohort of 1000 infants born between 1 March 2012 and 30 November 2014 who lived in the Latrobe valley during the Hazelwood coal mine fire in 2014, for a 10 year period. The primary aim of this study is to assess cardiovascular, respiratory and immune function, in the years following the fire, comparing infants who were moderately/highly exposed with those minimally, or not exposed to smoke. It examines the relative impact of prenatal vs post natal exposure and the modifying impacts of other potential risk or protective factors (such as environmental exposures, family history, age, use of interventions during the fires).
Funding
Monash University ($1,276,092)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F
Period
2015 - 2024
Understanding and ameliorating the human health effects of exposure to air pollution: from knowledge to policy and public health practice (2015 - 2016)$125,521
Description
The Hazelwood coal mine fire at Morwell in Victoria lasted 6 weeks. It was an unprecedented event that produced some of the most extreme concentration of PM2.5 ever measured in Australia. The public health response to this was hampered by the paucity of published evidence, particularly concerning the risk of longer term impacts on the health of those exposed. The purpose of the proposed research is to address this gap.
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($125,521)
Scheme
Grant-Centre of Research Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Williamson G; Johnston F
Period
2015 - 2016
Grant Reference
1030259
Clearing the air in rural communities: an intervention study (2014)$20,000
Description
Many regional centres experience extremely poor air quality during winter months from excessive emissions of smoke from wood heaters. This source of air pollution has been clearly associated with exacerbations of heart and lung diseases including asthma, otitis media, and lower respiratory tract infections. Reducing emissions from wood heaters can be achieved through careful operation but this requires all users to be well educated and motivated to ensure optimal operation of their heaters. Inexpensive technology has been developed to reduce emissions for individual wood heaters without requiring any change in the operation of the heaters. This project will evaluate the utility of using this technology to reduce community wide air pollution.
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant-Centre of Research Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Morgan GG
Year
2014
Grant Reference
1030259
Defining heatwaves in Tasmania (2013)$5,000
Description
This project will: 1) review and compare a range of methods for defining heatwaves in Tasmania; and 2) develop a spatial predictive model for forecasting heatwaves in Tasmania.
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F
Year
2013
Living with bushfires: Generating essential evidence for sustainable fire management (2013 - 2015)$375,000
Description
Australia faces major challenges in bushfire management. Burning under controlled conditions is used to reduce the risk of dangerous fires but community opposition to this is common, often due to concerns about potentially serious health harms of air pollution. Robust evaluation of the risks to public health is lacking. Filling this gap is the core aim of this project. Drawing on real time smoke monitoring data, ambulance databases, and using advanced statistical techniques, we will assess the acute health impacts of smoke exposure for a range of time periods (124hrs). The results will provide urgently needed evidence to increase the safety and social acceptability of planned burning operations.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($375,000)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F
Period
2013 - 2015
Grant Reference
DE130100924
Pollution, pollen and health (2013)$19,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($19,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F
Year
2013
Bushfires, smoke, and people - assessing the risks and benefits from planned burning on the urban rural interface (2013 - 2015)$804,330
Description
Protecting communities from severe bushfires demands the balancing of competing interests and risks. Planned burns of forest fuels is a major factor in reducing the hazard of severe bushfires, but a common side-effect is the short-term exposure of communities to air pollution. The project combines expertise in ecology, environment, land management, and health to provide a scientific basis for quantifying the trade-offs between the health risks from inhaling smoke from planned burns and the effects of uncontrolled bushfires. This will involve the use of remote sensing, atmospheric modelling, and epidemiology, and will produce a robust suite of evidence for policy and practice managing smoke from both planned burns and bushfires.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($559,330)
Collaborators
British Columbia Government ($90,000); Department of Environment and Primary Industry Victoria ($130,000); New South Wales Environment Protection Agency ($10,000); Tasmania Fire Service ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Bowman DMJS; Abramson M; Price O; Morgan GG; Dennekamp M
Period
2013 - 2015
Grant Reference
LP130100146
Smoke impacts on community health and social perceptions (2012 - 2016)$685,000
Description
This project addresses current gaps in the evidence about the social perceptions and community health impacts of prescribed burning, an essential component of bushfire management in Australia. As fire is an integral part of the Australian landscape, exposure to fire smoke is inevitable for the majority of Australians. Current evidence suggests that public health harm is likely to be minimised by proactive management through prescribed burning, rather than relying on reactive management of severe bushfires as they arise. Prescribed burning is associated with community health risks as there is currently no known threshold below which smoke particles are not associated with a range of adverse health effects. These risks need to be clearly identified and quantified in order to: 1) compare with the health risks of failing to intervene to reduce the hazard of severe bushfires; and 2) enable evidence based management of these risks to increase the safety and public acceptability of prescribed burning.
Funding
Department of Environment and Primary Industry Victoria ($685,000)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Dennekamp M; Abramson M; Morgan GG; Jalaludin B; Reisen F; Marks GB; Lyth A
Period
2012 - 2016
Biomass smoke, air quality and health outcomes (2012)$20,000
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant-Centre of Research Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Dennekamp M; Morgan GG
Year
2012
Grant Reference
1030259
Visiting Scholarship for Sarah Henderson, UBC (2010)$5,065
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,065)
Scheme
Grant-Visiting Fellowships & Visiting Scholarships
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Bowman DMJS; Williamson G
Year
2010
Understanding the Health Effects of Landscape Burning and Biomass Smoke in Australian Towns and Cities (2008 - 2011)$558,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($440,000)
Collaborators
Department of Health Western Australia ($10,000); Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($18,000); Department of Parks and Wildlife (Western Australia) ($30,000); Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment ($15,000); NSW Department of Health ($30,000); Tasmania Fire Service ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bowman DMJS; Johnston F; Morgan GG; Price O
Period
2008 - 2011
Grant Reference
LP0882048
Understanding the health effects of biomass smoke in Australian towns and cities (2008 - 2011)$167,400
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($167,400)
Scheme
Fellowship-Australian Health Professional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F
Period
2008 - 2011
Grant Reference
490057

Research Supervision

Dr Fay Johnston is active in the training and supervision of medical specialists in Public Health Medicine, and research higher degree students in environmental epidemiology and public health. Potential students with solid backgrounds in any of the areas of clinical medicine, public and environmental health, data linkage, cohort studies, statistical modelling and the manipulation of large datasets are welcome to inquire about opportunities within her group.

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDAir Pollution and Cardiovascular Diseases2015
PhDAssessing the Infant Health Exposure to Severe Air Pollution2016