Doctor Thomas Astell-Burt

Doctor Thomas Astell-Burt

DAP - Master of Public Health & Master of Health Sciences,
Health Science (SoSH)

DAP - Master of Public Health & Master of Health Sciences,
Health Science (SoSH)

SENIOR LECTURER IN PUBLIC HEALTH,
Health Science (SoSH)

SENIOR LECTURER IN PUBLIC HEALTH,
Health Science (SoSH)

Biography

Qualifications

  • PhD University of St Andrews (Scotland)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Health Science (SoSH)
  • Health Science (SoSH)
  • Health Science (SoSH)
  • Health Science (SoSH)

Contact

Email: T.Astell-Burt@westernsydney.edu.au
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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300789 Urban Environment, 2013
  • 300867 Disease Prevention and Control, 2013

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. and Kolt, G. (2015), 'Identification of the impact of crime on physical activity depends upon neighbourhood scale : multilevel evidence from 203,883 Australians', Health and Place, vol 31 , pp 120 - 123.
  • Fernandez, A., Black, J., Jones, M., Wilson, L., Salvador-Carulla, L., Astell-Burt, T. and Black, D. (2015), 'Flooding and mental health : a systematic mapping review', PLoS One , vol 10, no 4 .
  • Hunter, R., Christian, H., Veitch, J., Astell-Burt, T., Hipp, J. and Schipperijn, J. (2015), 'The impact of interventions to promote physical activity in urban green space : a systematic review and recommendations for future research', Social Science and Medicine, vol 124 , pp 246 - 256.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Kolt, G. and Jalaludin, B. (2015), 'Does rising crime lead to increasing distress? : longitudinal analysis of a natural experiment with dynamic objective neighbourhood measures', Social Science and Medicine, vol 138 , pp 68 - 73.
  • Astell-Burt, T. and Feng, X. (2015), 'Investigating 'place effects' on mental health : implications for population-based studies in psychiatry', Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, vol 24, no 1 , pp 27 - 37.
  • Zhou, M., Astell-Burt, T., Yin, P., Feng, X., Page, A., Liu, Y., Liu, J., Li, Y., Liu, S., Wang, L., Wang, L. and Wang, L. (2015), 'Spatiotemporal variation in diabetes mortality in China : multilevel evidence from 2006 and 2012', BMC Public Health, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Guo, K., Yin, P., Wang, L., Ji, Y., Li, Q., Bishai, D., Liu, S., Liu, Y., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., You, J., Liu, J. and Zhou, M. (2015), 'Propensity score weighting for addressing under-reporting in mortality surveillance : a proof-of-concept study using the nationally representative mortality data in China', Population Health Metrics, vol 13, no 16 .
  • Harding, S., Read, U., Molaodi, O., Cassidy, A., Maynard, M., Lenguerrand, E., Astell-Burt, T., Teyhan, A., Whitrow, M. and Enayat, Z. (2015), 'The Determinants of young Adult Social well-being and Health (DASH) study : diversity, psychosocial determinants and health', Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, vol 50, no 8 , pp 1173 - 1188.
  • Mavoa, S., Koohsari, M., Badland, H., Davern, M., Feng, X., Astell-Burt, T. and Giles-Corti, B. (2015), 'Area-level disparities of public open space : a geographic information systems analysis in metropolitan Melbourne', Urban Policy and Research, vol 33, no 3 , pp 306 - 323.
  • Sanders, T., Feng, X., Fahey, P., Lonsdale, C. and Astell-Burt, T. (2015), 'Greener neighbourhoods, slimmer children? : evidence from 4423 participants aged 6 to 13 years in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children', International Journal of Obesity, vol 39, no 8 , pp 1224 - 1229.
  • Merom, D., Gebel, K., Fahey, P., Astell-Burt, T., Voukelatos, A., Rissel, C. and Sherrington, C. (2015), 'Neighborhood walkability, fear and risk of falling and response to walking promotion : the Easy Steps to Health 12-month randomized controlled trial', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol 2 , pp 704 - 710.
  • Sanders, T., Feng, X., Fahey, P., Lonsdale, C. and Astell-Burt, T. (2015), 'Green space and child weight status : does outcome measurement matter? : evidence from an Australian longitudinal study', Journal of Obesity, vol 2015 .
  • Sanders, T., Feng, X., Fahey, P., Lonsdale, C. and Astell-Burt, T. (2015), 'The influence of neighbourhood green space on children's physical activity and screen time : findings from the longitudinal study of Australian children', International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, vol 12, no 1 .
  • Astell-Burt, T., Liu, Y., Feng, X., Yin, P., Page, A., Liu, S., Liu, J., Wang, L. and Zhou, M. (2015), 'Health reform and mortality in China : multilevel time-series analysis of regional and socioeconomic inequities in a sample of 73 million', Scientific Reports, vol 5 .
  • Fahey, P., Mallitt, K., Astell-Burt, T., Stone, G. and Whiteman, D. (2015), 'Impact of pre-diagnosis behavior on risk of death from esophageal cancer : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Cancer Causes and Control, vol 26, no 10 , pp 1365 - 1373.
  • Liu, S., Page, A., Yin, P., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Liu, Y., Liu, J., Wang, L. and Zhou, M. (2015), 'Spatiotemporal variation and social determinants of suicide in China, 2006-2012 : findings from a nationally representative mortality surveillance system', Psychological Medicine, vol 45, no 15 , pp 3259 - 3268.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. and Kolt, G. (2014), 'Greener neighborhoods, slimmer people? : evidence from 246 920 Australians', International Journal of Obesity, vol 38 , pp 156 - 159.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. and Kolt, G. (2014), 'Green space is associated with walking and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in middle-to-older-aged adults : findings from 203 883 Australians in the 45 and Up Study', British Journal of Sports Medicine, vol 48, no 5 , pp 404 - 406.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. and Kolt, G. (2014), 'Is neighborhood green space associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes? Evidence from 267,072 Australians', Diabetes Care, vol 37, no 1 , pp 197 - 201.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. and Kolt, G. (2014), 'Neighbourhood green space and the odds of having skin cancer : multilevel evidence of survey data from 267 072 Australians', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol 68, no 4 , pp 370 - 374.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Mavoa, S., Badland, H. and Giles-Corti, B. (2014), 'Do low-income neighbourhoods have the least green space? : a cross-sectional study of Australia's most populous cities', BMC Public Health, vol 14, no 292 .
  • Astell-Burt, T., Mitchell, R. and Hartig, T. (2014), 'The association between green space and mental health varies across the lifecourse : a longitudinal study', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol 68, no 6 , pp 578 - 583.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Kolt, G., McLean, M. and Maberly, G. (2014), 'Understanding geographical inequities in diabetes : multilevel evidence from 114,755 adults in Sydney, Australia', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 106, no 3 , pp 68 - 73.
  • Feng, X., Astell-Burt, T. and Kolt, G. (2014), 'Is an index of co-occurring unhealthy lifestyles suitable for understanding migrant health?', Preventative Medicine, vol 69 , pp 172 - 175.
  • Zhang, J., Astell-Burt, T., Seo, D., Feng, X., Kong, L., Zhao, W., Li, N., Li, Y., Yu, S., Feng, G., Ren, D., Lv, Y., Wang, J., Shi, X., Liang, X. and Chen, C. (2014), 'Multilevel evaluation of 'China Healthy Lifestyles for All', a nationwide initiative to promote lower intakes of salt and edible oil', Preventive Medicine, vol 67 , pp 210 - 215.
  • Feng, X., Astell-Burt, T. and Kolt, G. (2013), 'Do social interactions explain ethnic differences in psychological distress and the protective effect of local ethnic density? A cross-sectional study of 226 487 adults in Australia', BMJ Open, vol 3, no 5 .
  • Astell-Burt, T. and Feng, X. (2013), 'Health and the 2008 economic recession : evidence from the United Kingdom', PLoS One, vol 8, no 2 .
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Croteau, K. and Kolt, G. (2013), 'Influence of neighbourhood ethnic density, diet and physical activity on ethnic differences in weight status : a study of 214,807 adults in Australia', Social Science & Medicine, vol 93 , pp 70 - 77.
  • Owen, K., Astell-Burt, T. and Lonsdale, C. (2013), 'The relationship between self-determined motivation and physical activity in adolescent boys', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol 53, no 3 , pp 420 - 422.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Maynard, M., Lenguerrand, E., Whitrow, M., Molaodi, O. and Harding, S. (2013), 'Effect of air pollution and racism on ethnic differences in respiratory health among adolescents living in an urban environment', Health & Place, vol 23 , pp 171 - 178.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. and Kolt, G. (2013), 'Does access to neighbourhood green space promote a healthy duration of sleep? : novel findings from a cross-sectional study of 259,319 Australians', BMJ Open, vol 3, no 8 .
  • Feng, X. and Astell-Burt, T. (2013), 'Neighborhood socioeconomic circumstances and the co-occurrence of unhealthy lifestyles : evidence from 206,457 Australians in the 45 and Up Study', PLoS ONE, vol 8, no 8 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X. and Kolt, G. (2013), 'Mental health benefits of neighbourhood green space are stronger among physically active adults in middle-to-older age : evidence from 260,061 Australians', Preventive Medicine, vol 57, no 5 , pp 601 - 606.
  • Richardson, E., Mitchell, R., Hartig, T., Vries, S., Astell-Burt, T. and Frumkin, H. (2012), 'Green cities and health : a question of scale?', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol 66, no 2 , pp 160 - 165.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Flowerdew, R., Boyle, P. and Dillon, J. (2012), 'Is travel-time to a specialist centre a risk factor for non-referral, non-attendance and loss to follow-up among patients with hepatitis C (HCV) infection?', Social Science and Medicine, vol 75, no 1 , pp 240 - 247.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Maynard, M., Lenguerrand, E. and Harding, S. (2012), 'Racism, ethnic density and psychological well-being through adolescence : evidence from the Determinants of Adolescent Social Well-Being and Health longitudinal study', Ethnicity and Health, vol 17, no 1-2 , pp 71 - 87.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Flowerdew, R., Boyle, P. and Dillon, J. (2011), 'Does geographic access to primary healthcare influence the detection of hepatitis C?', Social Science and Medicine, vol 72, no 9 , pp 1472 - 1481.
  • Mitchell, R., Astell-Burt, T. and Richardson, E. (2011), 'A comparison of green space indicators for epidemiological research', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol 65, no 10 , pp 853 - 858.
  • Astell-Burt, T., Maynard, M., Lenguerrand, E. and Harding, S. (2011), 'Ethnic differences in adolescent mental health trajectories and the influence of racism and context : the (Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health) DASH study', Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, vol 2, no 1 .
  • Astell-Burt, T., Maynard, M., Lenguerrand, E. and Harding, S. (2011), 'Influence of racism and context on ethnic differences in adolescent mental health trajectories: the Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health (DASH) study', Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, vol 4, no 1 .

Research

Current Projects

Title: What types of local built environment synergise with, or antagonise the benefits of clinical management for the prevention of cardiovascular events among people with type 2 diabetes mellitus? Longitudinal analysis of a cohort of 20,765 Australians
Years: 2016-01-01 -
ID: P00022721
Western Researchers: Thomas Astell-Burt
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Title: The Healthy Environments and Active Living Study ('HEALStudy')
Years: 2015-03-12 - 2016-03-11
ID: P00022387
Western Researchers: Thomas Astell-Burt, Jennifer Reath, Dafna Merom, Gregory Kolt, Anthony Maeder and Andrew Page
Funding:
  • Greenfields Development Company Pty Ltd
  • Landcom
  • University of Western Sydney

Previous Projects

Title: Applying health informatics to map disease transition in China
Years: 2013-09-03 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00021730
Western Researchers: Andrew Page, Anthony Maeder, Thomas Astell-Burt and Xiaoqi Feng
Funding:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (ACRG)
Title: Greener neighbourhoods, healthier hearts? A longitudinal study and natural experiment of the impact of parks and built environment on cardiovascular health among 267,000 Australians in middle-to-older age
Years: 2014-01-01 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00021621
Western Researchers: Thomas Astell-Burt and Gregory Kolt
Funding:
  • National Heart Foundation of Australia (ACRG)
Title: Greener neighbourhoods, healthier hearts? Designing research impact and policy translation strategies
Years: 2015-05-01 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00022429
Western Researchers: Thomas Astell-Burt
Funding:
  • National Heart Foundation of Australia (non ACRG)
Title: The influence of crime, and fear of crime, on physical activity and mental health. Evidence from New South Wales, Australia.
Years: 2012-10-24 - 2015-06-30
ID: P00021106
Western Researchers: Thomas Astell-Burt and Gregory Kolt
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
Title: The 'Mapping food Environments in Australian Locales' (MEAL) Project
Years: 2014-05-27 - 2015-12-18
ID: P00022266
Western Researchers: Thomas Astell-Burt, Anthony Maeder and Xiaoqi Feng
Funding:
  • WentWest Limited

Supervision

Current Supervision

Title: Relationship Between Pre-diagnosis Lifestyle and Duration of Cancer Survival
Field of Research:
Title: To What Extent is Participation in Leisure-Time Physical Activity (LTPA)Influenced by Local Crime Rates and the Fear of Crime? A Prospective LongitudinalStudy of Adolescents Living in Greater Western Sydney
Field of Research:
Title: Physical Activity and Mental Health in Adolescence: Understanding the Role of Context, Life Domain and Self-Determined Motivation
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Diabetes a major challenge
Description: Medical Journal of Australia
Title: Green light to get fit
Description: Coverage of a study reporting association between neighbourhood green space and physical activity in Australian adults
Title: Green light to work up a sweat
Description: Coverage of a study reporting association between neighbourhood green space and physical activity in Australian adults

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