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Sharon Campbell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Environmental Health

Hobart CBD Campuses

(03) 6226 4225 (phone)

Sharon.Campbell@utas.edu.au

Dr Sharon Campbell is a postdoctoral research fellow specialising in the human health impacts of climate change. Her main research interests include climate-related extreme events such as heatwaves and poor air quality, and the impact of these events on healthcare systems and vulnerable populations. With a background in public health policy, Sharon concentrates on the translation of research into policy and practice, emphasising the communication of research and public education.

Biography

Sharon has a postdoctoral research position in the Environmental Health Research team at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research (University of Tasmania). Her current projects include the development of a public short course on bushfires and health, research on the use of digital technology for outdoor workers during heatwaves, an economic assessment of climate-related extreme events, and the development of a disaster risk assessment for Tasmania.

Before starting her PhD, Sharon worked with the Environmental Health Research team to develop and implement the AirRater project (www.airrater.org). Her role included project management, stakeholder management, communications and project evaluation. Her interest in the project led her to embark on a PhD in climate change and health.

Prior to and alongside her work at the University of Tasmania, Sharon has worked in public health policy for the Tasmanian Department of Health. Her policy areas included environmental health and emergency management, refugee and migrant health and workplace health promotion.

Sharon has previously worked in the not-for-profit and commercial sector both in Australia and internationally, in healthcare and information technology. Her primary areas of work include health promotion, education and teaching, marketing and technical support.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis Title

University

Country

Date of Award

PhD

Understanding the human health impacts of extreme events in a changing climate using an environmental health translational research approach

University of Tasmania

Australia

2021

Master of Health Promotion

Deakin University

Australia

2015

Bachelor of Health Science

University of New England

Australia

2005

Bachelor of Information Technology

University of Technology, Sydney

Australia

1991

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Public Health Association of Australia

Administrative expertise

Sharon has extensive and practical project management experience across a range of projects and sectors, with an outstanding record in stakeholder management, communications, budget management and project delivery, both on-time and within budget. Sharon has extensive public speaking experience across a broad range of platforms, including conferences and lectures.

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Expertise

Sharon has research expertise in

  • Climate change and health
  • Heatwave and human health impact
  • Air quality and human health impact
  • Epidemic thunderstorm asthma
  • Digital technology
  • Public health policy

Collaboration

  • EPA Tasmania
  • Bureau of Meteorology
  • CSIRO
  • Department of Health Tasmania
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet Tasmania
  • Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Tasmania
  • Asthma Australia
  • Australian National University
  • Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

Awards

  • Finalist, Research Presentation award, 2021 Public Health Association of Australia Conference “Heatwaves and ambulance dispatches in Tasmania, Australia”
  • Best Poster award, 2020 Public Health Association of Australia Conference “The value of local heatwave impact assessment: A case-crossover analysis of hospital emergency department presentations in Tasmania, Australia”
  • Menzies Research Impact Award 2018 (AirRater team)
  • Resilient Australia award (Tasmania), Community sector 2016 (AirRater team)
  • iAward runner up (Australia) 2016 (AirRater team)
  • IAward (Tasmania) 2016 (AirRater team)

Fields of Research

  • Environmental epidemiology (420203)
  • Preventative health care (420605)
  • Health services and systems (420399)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation (410103)
  • Public health (420699)
  • Adverse weather events (370101)
  • Health promotion (420603)
  • Epidemiology (420299)
  • Meteorology (370108)
  • Climate change processes (370201)
  • Health and community services (420305)
  • Respiratory diseases (320103)
  • Health economics (380108)
  • Environmental assessment and monitoring (410402)

Research Objectives

  • Public health (excl. specific population health) (200499)
  • Health protection and disaster response (200406)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Climatological hazards (e.g. extreme temperatures, drought and wildfires) (190401)
  • Prevention of human diseases and conditions (200104)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Evaluation of health outcomes (200202)
  • Understanding the impact of natural hazards caused by climate change (190508)
  • Evaluation of health and support services (200299)
  • Occupational health (200507)
  • Behaviour and health (200401)
  • Other economic framework (159999)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)
  • Health education and promotion (200203)
  • Professional development and adult education (160104)
  • Weather (180104)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)

Publications

Sharon has been published both in Australia and internationally. For a full list of publications, see https://rmdb.research.utas.edu.au/public/rmdb/q/indiv_detail_warp_trans/40346. Sharon’s work in public health policy has also resulted in substantial contributions to grey literature, policy documents, and health education documents and videos.

Sharon regularly acts as a reviewer to journals such as Climatic Change, Environmental Research Letters and PLOS One.

Total publications

13

Journal Article

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Campbell SL, Remenyi T, Williamson GJ, Rollins D, White CJ, et al., 'Ambulance dispatches and heatwaves in Tasmania, Australia: A case-crossover analysis', Environmental Research, 202 Article 111655. ISSN 0013-9351 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111655 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Remenyi T; Williamson GJ; Rollins D; White CJ; Johnston F

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2021Jones PJ, Koolhof IS, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Lucani C, et al., 'Characterising non-linear associations between airborne pollen counts and respiratory symptoms from the AirRater smartphone app in Tasmania, Australia: A case time series approach', Environmental Research Article 111484. ISSN 0013-9351 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2021.111484 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Jones PJ; Koolhof IS; Wheeler AJ; Williamson GJ; Lucani C; Bowman DMJS; Cooling N; Johnston FH

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2021Weeramanthri TS, Quilty S, Campbell S, 'Climate, extreme heat and human health: risks and lessons for Australia', Medical Journal of Australia pp. 1-3. ISSN 0025-729X (2021) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.5694/mja2.51293 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

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2021Workman A, Jones PJ, Wheeler AJ, Campbell SL, Williamson GJ, et al., 'Environmental hazards and behavior change: User perspectives on the usability and effectiveness of the AirRater Smartphone App', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (7) Article 3591. ISSN 1660-4601 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18073591 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Workman A; Jones PJ; Wheeler AJ; Williamson GJ; Lucani C; Bowman DMJS; Cooling N; Johnston FH

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2020Campbell SL, Jones PJ, Williamson GJ, Wheeler AJ, Lucani C, et al., 'Using digital technology to protect health in prolonged poor air quality episodes: a case study of the AirRater App during the Australian 2019-20 fires', Fire, 3, (3) Article 40. ISSN 2571-6255 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/fire3030040 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Jones PJ; Williamson GJ; Wheeler AJ; Lucani C; Bowman DMJS; Johnston FH

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2020Jones PJ, Koolhof IS, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Lucani C, et al., 'Can smartphone data identify the local environmental drivers of respiratory disease?', Environmental Research, 182 Article 109118. ISSN 0013-9351 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109118 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Jones PJ; Koolhof IS; Wheeler AJ; Williamson GJ; Lucani C; Bowman DMJS; Johnston FH

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2020Marfori MT, Campbell SL, Garvey K, McKeown S, Veitch M, et al., 'Public health messaging during extreme smoke events: are we hitting the mark?', Frontiers in Public Health, 8 Article 465. ISSN 2296-2565 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00465 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Marfori MT; Wheeler AJ; Borchers-Arriagada N; Johnston FH

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2019Campbell SL, Fox-Hughes PD, Jones PJ, Remenyi TA, Chappell K, et al., 'Evaluating the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma: lessons from Australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (5) Article 837. ISSN 1661-7827 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16050837 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Jones PJ; Remenyi TA; Chappell K; White CJ; Johnston FH

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2019Campbell SL, Remenyi TA, Williamson GJ, White CJ, Johnston FH, 'The value of local heatwave impact assessment: a case-crossover analysis of hospital emergency department presentations in Tasmania, Australia', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (19) Article 3715. ISSN 1661-7827 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16193715 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Williamson GJ; White CJ; Johnston FH

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2018Campbell S, Remenyi TA, White CJ, Johnston FH, 'Heatwave and health impact research: a global review', Health and Place, 53 pp. 210-218. ISSN 1353-8292 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.08.017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 134Web of Science - 126

Co-authors: Remenyi TA; White CJ; Johnston FH

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2018Johnston FH, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Campbell SL, Jones PJ, et al., 'Using smartphone technology to reduce health impacts from atmospheric environmental hazards', Environmental Research Letters, 13, (4) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1748-9326 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab1e6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Johnston FH; Wheeler AJ; Williamson GJ; Jones PJ; Koolhof IS; Lucani C; Cooling NB; Bowman DMJS

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2015Baxter S, Campbell Sharon, Sanderson K, Cazaly C, Venn A, et al., 'Development of the Workplace Health Savings Calculator: a practical tool to measure economic impact from reduced absenteeism and staff turnover in workplace health promotion', BMC Research Notes, 8 Article 457. ISSN 1756-0500 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1402-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14

Co-authors: Baxter S; Sanderson K; Venn A; Palmer AJ

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2015Campbell S, 'Let's not forget climate change in the food insecurity conversation: why the homeless are most vulnerable', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26, (2) pp. 161-162. ISSN 1036-1073 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1071/HE14090 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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Grants & Funding

Sharon has been a co-investigator on a number of funded projects, including

  • Understanding the economic burden of climate-related extreme events: A framework to support future planning and decision making in the health care sector (2020/$57,528)
  • Using AirRater to evaluate heat stress guidance for outdoor workers (2020/$37,772)
  • The ISLAND Resilience Initiative: tailored education to improve bushfire-related health outcomes for older Tasmanians (2020/$128,653)
  • AirRater in the NT – 2021-2023 (2021/$60,000)
  • “10 things we can do” – developing air pollution exposure reduction and lung health advice for people with asthma (2021/$150,000, contract pending)
  • Reducing the health risks of bushfire and smoke: An online education initiative empowering Tasmania’s most vulnerable communities (2021/$136,672, contract pending)

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$692,600

Projects

Reducing the health risks of bushfire and smoke - An online education initiative empowering Tasmania's most vulnerable communities (2022 - 2023)$100,387
Description
Extending an existing online short course, to develop additional modules targeting people highly vulnerable to the health risks of bushfire and smoke exposure.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($100,387)
Scheme
Grant-NDRRGP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Campbell S; Jones PJ; Workman AE; Sinclair D; Norris A
Period
2022 - 2023
The ISLAND Resilience Initiative: understanding health, resilience and bushfire preparedness in Tasmania (2022 - 2023)$56,260
Description
This project builds knowledge about bushfire risks among older people in Tasmania, with a focus on using this knowledge to increase bushfire preparedness. It will be of primary benefit to older people themselves, but this will flow on to families, communities and Tasmania as a whole: the 'Bushfires and Your Health' short course will be designed to be appropriate to adults of all ages and, in the future, will be made available to all adult Tasmanians. The project will also lay the foundation for a new understanding of specific mental and physical health risks associated with different types of bushfire exposure including vicarious trauma and stress. Insights about trauma and stress will be highly relevant to other natural disasters.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($56,260)
Scheme
Grant-NDRRGP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Sinclair D; Norris K; Johnston F; Jones PJ; Campbell S
Period
2022 - 2023
10 things we can do - developing air pollution exposure reduction and lung health advice for people with asthma (2022 - 2023)$252,000
Description
This project will synthesise the best available evidence on air pollution reduction interventions for people with asthma and translate that evidence into a set of new communication tools and education resources for people with asthma, their carers, health professionals and policy makers.
Funding
Asthma Australia ($150,000)
Collaborators
Australian National University ($87,000); University of Sydney ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Australian National University
Research Team
Vardoulakis S; Johnston F; Jones PJ; Campbell S
Period
2022 - 2023
AirRater in the NT - 2021-2023 (2021 - 2023)$60,000
Description
This project will support the AirRater app service to operate in the NT from 2021-2023.
Funding
Northern Territory Dept of Health ($60,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Jones PJ; Campbell S; Williamson G
Period
2021 - 2023
The ISLAND Resilience Initiative: tailored education to improve bushfire-related health outcomes for older Tasmanians (2021)$128,653
Description
This project builds knowledge about bushfire risks among older people in Tasmania, with a focus on using this knowledge to increase bushfire preparedness. It will be of primary benefit to older people themselves, but this will flow on to families, communities and Tasmania as a whole: the 'Bushfires and Your Health' short course will be designed to be appropriate to adults of all ages and, in the future, will be made available to all adult Tasmanians. The project will also lay the foundation for a new understanding of specific mental and physical health risks associated with different types of bushfire exposure including vicarious trauma and stress. Insights about trauma and stress will be highly relevant to other natural disasters.
Funding
Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management [TAS] ($128,653)
Scheme
Grant-NDRRGP
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Sinclair D; Johnston F; Jones PJ; Campbell S
Year
2021
EOI 3 of 3 Using AirRater to evaluate heat stress guidance for outdoor workers (2020 - 2021)$37,772
Description
We will evaluate the efficacy of interventions for heat-related illnesses in order to improve outdoor workers' resilience to extreme heat. We will recruit outdoor workers in Darwin and collect their heat-related symptom and illness data through the AirRater app. Results will be used to inform policy on protecting outdoor workers from heat-related illness.
Funding
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation ($37,772)
Scheme
Darwin Living Lab
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Campbell S
Period
2020 - 2021
Understanding the economic burden of climate-related extreme events: A framework to support future planning and decision making in the health care sector (2020 - 2021)$57,528
Description
This project blends climate change projection data with health economics to estimate the future health and economic impact of climate-related extreme events in Tasmania. By building on our team's previous research examining the historical impact of heatwaves on Tasmania's health system, this research provides a foundation for policy development and health system planning. Importantly, in addition to specific information on heatwave impacts, this research will provide a generalisable framework to allow the health economic impact of climate change to be estimated for other climate-related natural disasters and compound extreme events. This information can be used by health care services both in Tasmania and across other jurisdictions.
Funding
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($49,528)
Scheme
Climate Research Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnston F; Palmer AJ; Campbell S; Campbell JA; Remenyi TA; Veitch M; McKeown S
Period
2020 - 2021