School of Population Health

Classifying local environment attributes for healthier, more equitable child development

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Theory and evidence suggests rapid physical and social development makes children more sensitive to the impacts of environmental exposures than adults. Paradoxically, children’s environmental health is an under-researched area according to the World Health Organization. What research there is comprises mostly cross-sectional studies and has focussed upon single exposures, ignoring spatiotemporal clustering of many environmental characteristics that may be especially harmful – or supportive – if experienced at different points in childhood.

My four-year vision is to support efforts to improve the health of children and to narrow child health inequities by co-producing new evidence that will help advocate for spatially targeted prevention initiatives and public policies in Australia.

 

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