What’s making us sneeze and wheeze?

Zoom Webinar
21 Jul 2020

Tracking the impact of pollen and smoke pollution in the community

A Menzies online public talk

Tuesday 21st July, 6:00pm-7:15pm AEST

Smoke pollution from wood-heaters and bushfires, along with increased pollen loads in the atmosphere, affect many people in the community. For some, the presence of these airborne particles can make conditions such as asthma, allergies, and lung and heart conditions worse.

In this online public talk, researchers from Menzies along with Asthma Australia discuss the health impacts of smoke pollution and pollen in our communities. We will explore the use of the innovative AirRater app, which helps people with asthma, hay fever or other lung conditions to better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

We will feature presentations by Associate Professor Fay Johnston and Dr Penny Jones of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, along with Mr Anthony Flynn, Senior Manager of Research, Policy and Advocacy at Asthma Australia.

To Register click here or call Menzies reception on 6226-7700


Our speakers

Fay Johnston

Associate Professor, Environmental Health

Menzies Institute for Medical Research

After an initial career in remote medical practice, Associate Professor Johnston shifted her focus to epidemiology, public health medicine and environmental health research. Since the award of her PhD in 2008 she 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 air pollution from outdoor fires and domestic wood heaters, aero-

allergens and heatwaves. She holds a concurrent appointment as a Specialist Medical Advisor for Population Health Services in the Tasmanian Department of Health.

Penny Jones

Research Fellow, Environmental Health

Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Dr Penny Jones is a Research Fellow in environmental health at the Menzies for Medical Research. She has a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary background, combining government experience in environmental policy with research spanning palaeoecology, archaeology, aerobiology and most recently, environmental health. In her current role, she is investigating Tasmania’s aerobiological landscape and new ways of understanding how different pollen types impact public health. More broadly, her main interests are the impacts of climate change on human health and the coupled human and environmental past.

Anthony Flynn

Asthma Australia

Anthony Flynn is the Senior Manager of Research, Policy and Advocacy at Asthma Australia, responsible for the coordination of the National Asthma Research Program as well as advocacy initiatives aimed at influencing environmental factors in favour of people with asthma.  During his time at Asthma Australia, Anthony has been working on establishing Asthma Australia’s key policy platforms including matters of air quality and their impacts on people with asthma. Anthony is a critical care nurse by background and has a master’s degree in social sciences.