NEW PHD Scholarship on offer -Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease

A PhD scholarship is offered for Australian residents or citizens with an annual tax free stipend of $35,000 for the 12 months from September/October 2018-19; with the potential of further funding up to 3 years. The PhD will involve at least a year in detailed field work in Sri Lanka, to assess the relationship of numerous hypotheses concerning chemical and biological exposures to the  occurrence of CKDu, especially at small area, village and household level; also involving integration with data already collected at larger levels of aggregation, and the published literature.


see for more info - closing date 30 August 2018

PhD Opportunity: Heatwaves & Health

Heatwaves have severe and adverse impacts on the health of Australians. While Australia is no stranger to heatwaves, increasing trends in their intensity, frequency and duration have been observed, with specific events having notable human health impacts. For example, in 2009 over 370 people were killed in the heatwave that preceded the Black Saturday fires, and a 2014 heatwave over Melbourne saw hospital admissions relating to cardiac diseases increase seven-fold.

The field of detection and attribution has seen rapid growth in recent years, where the influence of anthropogenic climate change on the frequency and/or intensity of a specific extreme event is quantified. Recently, the field has seen a shift towards quantifying how anthropogenic climate change has altered the impacts of a specific extreme event.

This research project will examine the influence of anthropogenic climate change on health impacts of Australians. It will involve defining and becoming familiar with several high-impact heatwaves in the observed climatological record, and determining who is most vulnerable and from which diseases. Such analysis is likely to demonstrate regional and temporal variation and will require the analysis of climate (e.g. observations and projections from climate models) and human health (e.g. hospital admissions) data. Once the health impacts of significant heatwaves have been isolated, cutting-edge methods in detection and attribution will be employed to determine the role of anthropogenic climate change in them.

The project will be based at the Climate Change Research Centre at UNSW Australia. It will be jointly supervised by Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick and A/Prof Donna Green. The successful candidate will become affiliated with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, an international research consortium of five Australian universities (The University of New South Wales, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and The Australian National University) and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organisations. The Centre provides excellent opportunities for travel and graduate student development.

We are looking for outstanding graduates with a strong academic record including an Honours Class I or equivalent. Graduates with a background in climate or atmospheric science, or similar quantitative sciences are welcome, as well as those from epidemiological sciences. While having experience in both fields is desirable, it is not essential.  The PhD program will provide an opportunity for the student to develop their skills in either field. If coming from a climate background, programming experience with Matlab, Python, R or a similar language is desirable.

Inquiries may be directed to Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick ( ).
A CV, full academic transcript and the names of up to three academic referees should be sent to
A $5,000 p/a top-up is provided by the Climate Change Research Centre in addition to the stipend.
Closing date: Monday, 20 June, 2018

ERL 2017 Highlights: Herold et al.

Congratulations to Nick Herold, Lisa Alexander, Donna Green and Markus Donat, whose paper Greater increases in temperature extremes in low versus high income countries was featured in the 2017 Research Highlights for Environmental Research Letters!

The global problem of climate change poses the greatest threat to the poorest countries, despite their least contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. This study shows that these lowest income countries are already (since a decade) experiencing greater increases in the occurrence of temperature extremes compared to the highest income countries. 

You can also find the paper, which is Open Access, on our Resources page.

Healthy Hospitals: Healthy People Forum 21 and 22 May, 2018 - registrations now open

What can we do to transition to an environmentally sustainable and resilient healthcare system?

This forum will look at what big picture changes are needed within our healthcare system to address climate change and environmental sustainability, as well as what can be done in individual hospitals and health services to reduce healthcare’s environmental impacts.

Day 1 will concentrate on environmental sustainability in building design solutions. Day 2 will bring in the policy, current research and case study presentations, opportunities for collaboration, networking and information exchanges with likeminded colleagues.

Dr David Pencheon OBE, founder Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for the NHS in the UK, will deliver a keynote to kick off the forum on Day 2.

Download the event flyer here.

The Climate and Health Alliance is pleased to be presenting this Forum in partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Engineering Australia and Western Health.

Forum details

What: Healthy Hospitals: Healthy People Forum
Where: Western Centre for Health Research and Education, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans, Victoria, 3021
When: Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May, 2018
Cost: $50 per day

Click here to register.



Strategic Hires and Retention Pathways at UNSW

UNSW's 2025 Strategy will position UNSW as 'Australia’s Global University'. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to people’s lives. An important aspect of the Strategy relates to research quality and excellence.

To achieve this, UNSW will invest strategically, on a large scale, in recruitment in carefully selected areas of research, from across the full spectrum of endeavours in arts, built environment, business, design, law, social sciences, engineering, medicine and science. Recruitment will be focused in areas aligned with our identified areas of strength or in areas where we need to strategically build capacity. We will target world-class established research leaders through SHARP.

These research leaders we recruit will drive up UNSW’s research performance and the number of high-quality and highly cited research publications and other outputs and our proportion of research funding.

Launch of the Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes - Tuesday 10 April 2018

The formal opening of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes is on Tuesday, April 10.

The Centre was established in August 2017. Over the next seven years our vision is to transform our understanding of the processes that cause climate extremes, including their dependence on climate change and variability, and to use this process-based understanding to revolutionise our capability to predict future climate extremes.

CLEX is a multi-institutional research centre, led out of UNSW Sydney. Our other Australian university partners are Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and the Australian National University. In addition to these university partners, we collaborate with a suite of national and international Partner Organisations made up of leading climate research laboratories around the world and organisations that enable pathways to impact for our research. The Centre is funded by a significant $30 mil grant from the Australian Research Council, with additional generous support from our partner organisations.

If you would like to attend the launch, please register your interest below.


Launch Details

  • Date: Tuesday 10 April 2018
  • Time: 4:15pm for a 4:30pm (sharp) commencement of formalities
  • Venue: The Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW
  • Refreshments will be served in the Scientia Foyer from 5:15pm upon completion of formalities.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact Jenny Rislund on +61 2 9385 9393.

2017 Report of the Lancet Countdown

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The Lancet Countdown's 2017 report tracks 40 indicators across five areas, arriving at three key conclusions:

  • The human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible
  • The delayed response to climate change over the past 25 years has jeopardised human life and livelihoods.
  • The past 5 years have seen an accelerated response, and in 2017 momentum is building across a number of sectors; the direction of travel is set, with clear and unprecedented opportunities for public health.

Download the 2017 report here.

Survey on how health stakeholders communicate about climate change

The Climate and Health Alliance and Climate Works have designed a survey to find out how health stakeholders communicate with peers, networks, constituents, and decision makers about climate change. To complete the survey, click on the link:

The survey will remain open until March 30, 2018.

To download the Framework for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being for Australia click here.