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Shannon Melody

Public Health Medicine Trainee
Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Room 353-04 , Medical Science 2 (MS2)

+61362267725 (phone)

Shannon.Melody@utas.edu.au

Dr Shannon Melody is a Public Health Medicine Trainee at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. She is currently working with the environmental health team on the Latrobe Early Life Follow-up (ELF) study, which aims to explore the health impacts associated with coal mine fire smoke exposure in uteroand in early childhood.

Biography

Prior to her current position at Menzies, Shannon completed a public health placement at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre conducting a quality improvement project around alcohol and drug service delivery within the Aboriginal Primary Health Care setting.

She completed her Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University. Her research experience is predominantly in the obstetric field, including exploring the effects of omega-3-polyunsatured fatty acids on placental inflammation and oxidative stress and in evaluation of safety outcomes associated with Foley's catheter induction of labour in post-term pregnancy.

She has clinical experience as a junior doctor working at Royal Perth Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth and Cairns Base Hospital in Far North Queensland.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • BMedSci (Hons), University of Western Australia, Australia. 2008 Thesis:Effects of omega-3 fatty acids and their derivatives on inflammation and oxidative stress in human placenta
  • MBBS (Hons), University of Western Australia, Australia. 2010
  • MPHTM, James Cook University, Australia. 2015

Memberships

Professional practice

Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RANZCOG (diplomat)

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Shannon has experience in providing tuition and as a teacher assistant for undergraduate medical students in the subjects of human anatomy and obstetrics and gynaecology.

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Expertise

Shannon is currently working within the environmental health team to better understand the impacts of environmental exposures, particularly coal fire smoke, on human health.

Past research experience includes:

  • Aboriginal Health: qualitative research exploring alcohol and drug service delivery within the Aboriginal Primary Health Care setting.
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology: exploring the effects of omega-3-polyunsatured fatty acids on placental inflammation and oxidative stress and in evaluating maternal and neonatal safety outcomes associated with Foley's catheter induction of labour in post-term pregnancy.
  • Burns: exploring international variation in clinical practice in providing thromboprophylaxis and associated thromboembolic outcomes in burns patients.

Research Themes

Shannon's current work aligns with the theme of Better Health, working within the environmental health team to better understand the impacts of environmental exposures on human health.

Collaboration

Shannon is currently involved in the child health and development stream of the Hazelwood Health Study, a collaboration involving the University of Tasmania, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and Edith Cowan University. The Hazelwood Health Study aims to explore the health impacts associated with the Hazelwood coal mine fire that affected the Latrobe Valley in Victoria between February and March, 2014.

Previous collaborations include the School of Women's and Infants' Health at the University of Western Australia and with the Fiona Wood Foundation (formerly the McComb Foundation) in Western Australia.

Awards

Awarded 'Most Novel Research' by the Australasian Medical Journal for her presentation at the Students in Health and Medical Research Conference, Perth, Western Australia 2009.

Current projects

Shannon is currently involved in the child health and development stream of the Hazelwood Health Study – the Latrobe Early Life Follow-up (ELF) Study. This project is a collaboration involving the University of Tasmania, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and Edith Cowan University. The Latrobe ELF Study aims to explore the health impacts associated with coal mine fire smoke exposure in utero and in early childhood.

Website: http://hazelwoodhealthstudy.org.au/

Email: Latrobe.elf@utas.edu.au

Phone: 1800 322 102

Fields of Research

  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Environmental epidemiology (420203)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Social determinants of health (420606)
  • Infant and child health (321302)
  • Respiratory diseases (320103)
  • Foetal development and medicine (321501)
  • Community child health (420601)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander public health and wellbeing (450417)
  • Atmospheric aerosols (370103)
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology (321502)

Research Objectives

  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Neonatal and child health (200506)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander determinants of health (210301)
  • Women's and maternal health (200509)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)

Publications

Total publications

18

Journal Article

(17 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Hemstock EJ, Shao J, Zhao B, Hall GL, Wheeler AJ, et al., 'Associations between respiratory and vascular function in early childhood', Respirology pp. 1-7. ISSN 1323-7799 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/resp.14117 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hemstock EJ; Shao J; Wheeler AJ; Dalton MF; Williamson GJ; Chappell KJ; Negishi K; Johnston FH; Zosky GR

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2020Melody S, Wills K, Knibbs LD, Ford J, Venn A, et al., 'Adverse birth outcomes in Victoria, Australia in association with maternal exposure to low levels of ambient air pollution', Environmental Research, 188 Article 109784. ISSN 0013-9351 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109784 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Wills K; Venn A; Johnston F

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2020Melody SM, Martin-Gall VA, Veitch MG, 'Why Tasmanian retailers stop selling tobacco and implications for tobacco control', Tobacco Control pp. 1-4. ISSN 0964-4563 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2019-055588 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Melody SM, Wheeler AJ, Dalton M, Williamson GJ, Negishi K, et al., 'Cohort Profile: The Hazelwood Health Study Latrobe Early Life Follow-Up (ELF) Study', International Journal of Epidemiology, 49, (6) pp. 1779-1780. ISSN 0300-5771 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyaa136 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Wheeler AJ; Dalton M; Williamson GJ; Shao J; Chappell K; Wills K; Reeves M; Venn A; Zosky GR; Johnston F

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2020Melody SM, Wills K, Knibbs LD, Ford J, Venn A, et al., 'Maternal exposure to ambient air pollution and pregnancy complications in Victoria, Australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (7) Article 2572. ISSN 1661-7827 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17072572 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Wills K; Venn A; Johnston F

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2020Shao J, Zosky GR, Hall GL, Wheeler AJ, Dharmage S, et al., 'Early life exposure to coal mine fire smoke emissions and altered lung function in young children', Respirology, 25, (2) pp. 198-205. ISSN 1323-7799 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/resp.13617 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Shao J; Zosky GR; Wheeler AJ; Dalton M; O'Sullivan T; Williamson GJ; Chappell K; Johnston FH

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2020Wheeler AJ, Jones PJ, Reisen F, Melody SM, Williamson G, et al., 'Roof cavity dust as an exposure proxy for extreme air pollution events', Chemosphere, 244 Article 125537. ISSN 0045-6535 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.125537 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Wheeler AJ; Jones PJ; Williamson G; Blizzard L; Chappell K; Zosky GR; Johnston F

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2020Willis GA, Chappell K, Williams S, Melody SM, Wheeler A, et al., 'Respiratory and atopic conditions in children two to four years after the 2014 Hazelwood coalmine fire', Medical Journal of Australia, 213, (6) pp. 269-275. ISSN 0025-729X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5694/mja2.50719 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Chappell K; Wheeler A; Dalton M; Zosky GR; Johnston FH

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2020Zhao B, Johnston FH, O'Sullivan T, Williamson G, Melody S, et al., 'Early life exposure to coal mine fire and tobacco smoke affect subclinical vascular function', Archives of Disease in Childhood, 105, (6) pp. 539-544. ISSN 0003-9888 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2019-317528 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Johnston FH; O'Sullivan T; Williamson G; Dalton M; Venn A; Negishi K

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2019Melody SM, Ford J, Wills K, Venn A, Johnston FH, 'Maternal exposure to short-to medium-term outdoor air pollution and obstetric and neonatal outcomes: a systematic review', Environmental Pollution, 244 pp. 915-925. ISSN 0269-7491 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.10.086 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Wills K; Venn A; Johnston FH

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2019Melody SM, Ford J, Wills K, Venn A, Johnston FH, 'Maternal exposure to fine particulate matter from a coal mine fire and birth outcomes in Victoria, Australia', Environment International, 127 pp. 233-242. ISSN 0160-4120 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.03.028 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Wills K; Venn A; Johnston FH

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2019Melody SM, Ford JB, Wills K, Venn A, Johnston FH, 'Maternal exposure to fine particulate matter from a large coal mine fire is associated with gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective cohort study', Environmental Research Article 108956. ISSN 0013-9351 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108956 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Wills K; Venn A; Johnston FH

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2019Shepherd CCJ, Clifford HD, Mitrou F, Melody SM, Bennett EJ, et al., 'The contribution of geogenic particulate matter to lung disease in indigenous children', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (15) Article 2636. ISSN 1661-7827 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16152636 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Bennett EJ; Johnston FH; Zosky GR

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2018Melody SM, Martin-Gall V, Harding B, Veitch MGK, 'The retail availability of tobacco in Tasmania: evidence for a socio-economic and geographical gradient', Medical Journal of Australia, 208, (5) pp. 205-208. ISSN 0025-729X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5694/mja17.00765 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

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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 - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Johnston FH; 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, 26, (5-6) pp. 525-535. ISSN 1369-1619 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2016.1194384 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Bennett E; Johnston FH; Zosky GR

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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 - 59Web of Science - 61

Co-authors: Johnston FH

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Zosky G, Mitrou F, Melody S, Bennett E, Johnston F, et al., 'Self-Reported Geogenic Dust Exposure Is Associated With Increased Severity Of Infectious Diseases In Aboriginal Children', Respirology, pp. 59, Vol 22. ISSN 1323-7799 (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Zosky G; Bennett E; Johnston F

Grants & Funding

Shannon's position is funded by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Specialist Training Position (STP) program.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

1

Total funding

$98,451

Projects

Maternal Exposure to Air Pollution and Perinatal Outcomes in Victoria, Australia (2018 - 2019)$98,451
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($98,451)
Scheme
Scholarship-Postgraduate
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Melody SM
Period
2018 - 2019
Grant Reference
APP1150324