Professor Hilary Bambrick

Professor Hilary Bambrick

Chair of Population Health,
Centre for Health Research

Biography

Professor Hilary Bambrick (PhD, BA (Hons), BSc, Grad Cert Higher Ed) is Chair of Population Health at the Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine. She is an environmental epidemiologist and bioanthropologist whose research focuses on the health impacts of climate variability and change, especially on more vulnerable populations, and climate adaptation planning to improve health. Her doctoral thesis (ANU, 2003) examined Indigenous child growth and risk of subsequent diabetes. She has over 60 research publications and has contributed as a lead investigator to the award of $10 million in research funding. She consults for government (Federal, State and international) and non-government organisations on climate change impacts and adaptation. She led the health impacts assessment for the Australian Government's Garnaut Climate Change Review (2008), the Health Synthesis Report for Towards a Resilient Sydney (2012), and the Climate Adaptation Strategy for Health for the Government of Samoa (2013). In 2011 she received a NSW Young Tall Poppy Award for outstanding achievements in scientific research and communication.

 Current  projects:

  • Community-based adaptation and climate compatible development in Ethiopia (collaboration with the University of Malta and the University of Sterling, UK)
  • Health impacts and adaptation in Pacific Island communities (Samoa, Kiribati, Fiji) (collaborations with University of Otago, Kiribati Climate Action Network and the University of Malta)
  • Climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation in urban Australia (CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship – Health Cluster Collaboration, a Consortium of Australian Research Institutions)
  • Health impacts of climate change on Indigenous Australians (NHMRC Project Grant)
  • Role of the environment in healthy ageing (NHMRC Strategic Award, NSW 45 and Up Study)
  • Global equity and disadvantage in climate change and health (WHO and University of Otago)
  • Vector-borne disease transmission and distribution

Awards and Recognition:

  • NSW Young Tall Poppy Award 2011
  • Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney 2010: For excellence in curriculum innovation which promotes independent and cooperative learning and enhanced practice through experience, inquiry, and peer teaching
  • Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Epidemiology, The Australian National University 2003
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (PhD Scholarship), The Australian National University 1999
  • University Medal, The Australian National University 1998
  • Honours Scholarship, The Australian National University 1998

Membership of professional organisations and external committees:

  • Australasian Epidemiological Association
  • International Epidemiological Association
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • Climate Institute Strategic Council
  • The Australia Institute Research Committee

Publications can be found at:

https://uws.academia.edu/HilaryBambrick

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hilary_Bambrick

This information has been contributed by Professor Bambrick.

Qualifications

  • GCertHighEd The Australian National University
  • PhD The Australian National University
  • BA The Australian National University
  • BSc The Australian National University

Awards

  • NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, for outstanding achievements in scientific research and communication 2011-11-03
  • The University Medal (The Australian National University) 1999-04-23
  • UWS Learning and Teaching Award: Citation 2010-06-01

Interests

  • Child growth
  • Climate Change Risk Assessment and Adaptation Modelling
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Community Development
  • Environmental epidemiology and population health
  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Indigenous Health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Centre for Health Research

Contact

Email: H.Bambrick@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3828
Mobile:
Location: 3.1.17
Campbelltown
Website:

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Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Bambrick, H. and Moncada, S. (2015), 'From social reform to social transformation : human ecological systems and adaptation to a more hostile climate.', Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding, ANU Press 9781925022407.
  • Banwell, C., Dixon, J., Bambrick, H., Edwards, F. and Kjellstrom, T. (2015), 'The sociocultural context of climate change adaptation in Australia, with a focus on hot weather', Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding, ANU Press 9781925022407.
  • Bambrick, H. and Hales, S. (2014), 'Dengue : distribution and transmission dynamics with climate change', Climate Change and Global Health, CABI 9781780642659.
  • McMichael, A. and Bambrick, H. (2009), 'The global environment', Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 5th Edition, Oxford University Press 9780199218707.

Journal Articles

  • Shamshirgaran, S., Jorm, L., Bambrick, H. and Hennessy, A. (2015), 'Country-of-birth differences in adverse health behaviours among people with type 2 diabetes', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 39, no 3 , pp 250 - 254.
  • Bambrick, H., Moncada, S. and Briguglio, M. (2015), 'Climate change and health vulnerability in informal urban settlements in the Ethiopian Rift Valley', Environmental Research Letters, vol 10, no 5 .
  • Burton, A., Bambrick, H. and Friel, S. (2015), 'If you don't know how can you plan? : considering the health impacts of climate change in urban planning in Australia', Urban Climate, vol 12 , pp 104 - 118.
  • Green, D., Bambrick, H., Tait, P., Goldie, J., Schultz, R., Webb, L., Alexander, L. and Pitman, A. (2015), 'Differential effects of temperature extremes on hospital admission rates for respiratory disease between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 12, no 12 , pp 15352 - 15365.
  • McIver, L., Kim, R., Woodward, A., Hales, S., Spickett, J., Katscherian, D., Hashizume, M., Honda, Y., Bambrick, H. and [and five others], .. (2015), '[In Press] Health impacts of climate change in Pacific Island countries : a regional assessment of vulnerabilities and adaptation priorities', Environmental Health Perspectives, .
  • Tran, D., Jorm, L., Johnson, M., Bambrick, H. and Lujic, S. (2014), 'Prevalence and risk factors of type 2 diabetes in older Vietnam-born Australians', Journal of Community Health, vol 39, no 1 , pp 99 - 107.
  • Tran, D., Jorm, L., Johnson, M., Bambrick, H. and Lujic, S. (2014), 'Type 2 diabetes hospitalisation and mortality in Vietnamese immigrants in Australia', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 104, no 1 , pp 12 - 15.
  • Burton, A., Bambrick, H. and Friel, S. (2014), 'Is enough attention given to climate change in health service planning? : an Australian perspective', Global Health Action, vol 7 .
  • Webb, L., Bambrick, H., Tait, P., Green, D. and Alexander, L. (2014), 'Effect of ambient temperature on Australian northern territory public hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease among indigenous and non-indigenous populations', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol 11, no 2 , pp 1942 - 1959.
  • Vaneckova, P. and Bambrick, H. (2013), 'Cause-specific hospital admissions on hot days in Sydney, Australia', PLoS ONE, vol 8, no 2 .
  • Bambrick, H. and Gallego, G. (2013), 'Community attitudes to remunerated blood donation in Australia : results from a national telephone survey', Transfusion Medicine, vol 23, no 5 , pp 302 - 308.
  • Korda, R., Liu, B., Clements, M., Bauman, A., Jorm, L., Bambrick, H. and Banks, E. (2013), 'Prospective cohort study of body mass index and the risk of hospitalisation : findings from 246 361 participants in the 45 and Up Study', International Journal of Obesity, vol 37, no 6 , pp 790 - 799.
  • Shamshirgaran, S., Jorm, L., Bambrick, H. and Hennessy, A. (2013), 'Independent roles of country of birth and socioeconomic status in the occurrence of type 2 diabetes', BMC Public Health, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Mayne, D., Morgan, G., Willmore, A., Rose, N., Jalaludin, B., Bambrick, H. and Bauman, A. (2013), 'An objective index of walkability for research and planning in the Sydney metropolitan region of New South Wales, Australia : an ecological study', International Journal of Health Geographics, vol 12 .
  • Tran, D., Jorm, L., Johnson, M., Bambrick, H. and Lujic, S. (2013), 'Effects of acculturation on lifestyle and health status among older Vietnam-born Australians', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol 20, no 10 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Hasan, T. and Bambrick, H. (2013), 'The effects of climate variables on the outbreak of dengue in Queensland 2008-2009', Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, vol 44, no 4 , pp 613 - 622.
  • Banwell, C., Dixon, J., Bambrick, H., Edwards, F. and Kjellstrom, T. (2012), 'Socio-cultural reflections on heat in Australia with implications for health and climate change adaptation', Global Health Action, vol 5, no 1 .
  • Tran, D., Jorm, L., Lujic, S., Bambrick, H. and Johnson, M. (2012), 'Country of birth recording in Australian hospital morbidity data : accuracy and predictors', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 36, no 4 , pp 310 - 316.
  • George, E., Jorm, L., Kolt, G., Bambrick, H. and Lujic, S. (2012), 'Physical activity and psychological distress in older men : findings from the New South Wales 45 and Up Study', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol 20, no 3 , pp 300 - 316.
  • Van Kleef, E., Bambrick, H. and Hales, S. (2011), 'The geographic distribution of dengue fever and the potential influence of global climate change', TropIKA.net, .
  • Ng, S., Korda, R., Clements, M., Latz, I., Bauman, A., Bambrick, H., Liu, B., Rogers, K., Herbert, N. and Banks, E. (2011), 'Validity of self-reported height and weight and derived body mass index in middle-aged and elderly individuals in Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 35, no 6 , pp 557 - 563.
  • Bambrick, H., Capon, A., Barnett, G., Beaty, M. and Burton, A. (2011), 'Climate change and health in the urban environment : adaptation opportunities in Australian cities', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol 23, no 2 SUPPL. , pp 67 - 79.
  • Elliott, J., Lucas, R., Clements, M. and Bambrick, H. (2010), 'Population density determines the direction of the association between ambient ultraviolet radiation and type 1 diabetes incidence', Pediatric Diabetes, vol 11, no 6 , pp 394 - 402.
  • Mccarthy, L., Jones, A., Yeomans, N., Bambrick, H., Pacey, F., Ramanathan, J. and Wills, T. (2010), 'Engaging for health: medicine in context as a case study in engaged teaching and learning for students in medicine', Australasian Journal of University-Community Engagement, vol 5, no 2 , pp 67 - 87.
  • Lucas, R., Bambrick, H., Gatenby, P. and McMichael, A. (2010), 'Recruiting Child Controls', Epidemiology, vol 21, no 2 , pp 271 - 272.
  • Bambrick, H., Woodruff, R. and Hanigan, I. (2009), 'Climate change could threaten blood supply by altering the distribution of vector-borne disease: an Australian case-study.', Global Health Action, vol 2 .
  • D'Souza, R., Bambrick, H., Kjellstrom, T., Kelsall, L., Guest, C. and Hanigan, I. (2007), 'Seasonal variation in acute hospital admissions and emergency room presentations among children in the Australian Capital Territory', Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol 43, no 5 , pp 359 - 365.
  • McMichael, A. and Bambrick, H. (2007), 'Greenhouse-gas costs of clinical trials', Lancet, vol 369, no 9573 , pp 1584 - 1585.
  • Bambrick, H. and Jorm, L. (2007), 'Cohort profile: The 45 and up study', International Journal of Epidemiology, vol 37, no 5 , pp 941 - 947.
  • Bambrick, H. (2006), 'Are boys more vulnerable to nutritional stress? Child weight growth in a Queensland Aboriginal community (1950-1982) in comparison with the new WHO references', Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin, vol 6, no 3 .
  • Beggs, P. and Bambrick, H. (2006), 'Is the global rise of asthma an early impact of anthropogenic climate change? [Ser?! o crescimento mundial de incid??ncia da asma um impacto antecipado de mudan??as clim?!ticas antropog??nicas?]', Ciencia e Saude Coletiva, vol 11, no 3 , pp 745 - 752.
  • D'Souza, R., Bambrick, H., Woodruff, R. and McMichael, A. (2006), 'Emergency hospital admissions of cardiovascular disease and heart failure in three Australian cities: Are they associated with climatic factors?', Epidemiology, vol 17, no 6 , pp 127 - 127.
  • D'Souza, R., Bambrick, H. and Woodruff, R. (2006), 'Seasonality of cardiovascular, respiratory, and diarrheal emergency hsopital admissions in three Australian cities', Epidemiology, vol 17, no 6 , pp 205 - 205.
  • Bambrick, H., D'Souza, R. and Woodruff, R. (2006), 'Back to school and off to hospital: Childhood asthma and the return-to-school effect', Epidemiology, vol 17, no 6 suppl , pp 275 - 275.
  • Bambrick, H., Faunce, T. and Johnston, K. (2006), 'Potential impact of AUSFTA on Australia's blood supply', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 185, no 6 , pp 320 - 323.
  • Faunce, T., Johnston, K. and Bambrick, H. (2006), 'The Australian New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority: Potential AUSFTA Impacts on Safety and cost-effectiveness regulation for medicines and medical devices in New Zealand', Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, vol 37, no 3 , pp 365 - 389.
  • Bambrick, H. (2005), 'Relationships between BMI, waist circumference, hypertension and fasting glucose: Rethinking risk factors in Indigenous diabetes', Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin, vol 5, no 4 .
  • Beggs, P. and Bambrick, H. (2005), 'Is the global rise of asthma an early impact on anthropogenic climate change?', Environmental Health Perspectives, vol 113, no 8 , pp 915 - 919.
  • D'Souza, R., Beker, N., Kjellstrom, T., Bambrick, H., Woodruff, R., Kelsall, L., Hanigan, I. and Guest, C. (2005), 'Influence of climatic facotrs on hospitalisations and emergency room presentations for asthma and other (non-asthma) repsiratory conditions in children', Epidemiology, vol 16, no 5 , pp 50 - 50.
  • D'Souza, R., Beker, N., Kjellstrom, T., Bambrick, H., Woodruff, R., Kelsall, L., Hanigan, I. and Guest, C. (2005), 'Climatic factors associated with hospialisation and emergency room presentations for diarrhoea in children', Epidemiology, vol 16, no 5 , pp 60 - 60.
  • Bambrick, H. (2005), 'Is globalisation bad for your health?', Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, vol 12, no 1 , pp 21 - 24.
  • Bambrick, H. (2004), 'Type 2 Diabetes and patters of alcohol use in a Queesland community', Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin, vol 4, no 3 .

Conference Papers

  • Tran, D., Jorm, L., Lujic, S., Johnson, M. and Bambrick, H. (2012), 'Validity of country of birth recorded in Australian hospital routine data and implications', Population Health- Methods and Challenges Conference, Birmingham, UK.
  • Huda, S., Allen, J., Sinclair, C., Andrews, T., Lopes, A., Duarte, F., Bambrick, H., Craig, D., Jeffery, M. and Campbell, S. (2010), 'Climate Change: Building Leadership Capacity within a Higher Education Institution', International Farming Systems Association Europe Group Conference, Vienna.
  • Kolt, G., George, E., Jorm, L., Bambrick, H. and Lujic, S. (2010), 'Physical activity and psychological distress in older men: Findings from the NSW 45 and Up Study', 2010 Asics Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Port Douglas AUS.
  • Banwell, C., Dixon, J., Bambrick, H., Hinde, S., Kjellstrom, T., Lucas, R. and Hanigan, I. (2009), 'Social reflections on comfort and heat in Australia with implications for climate change adaptaion', Climate Change Congress, Interantional Alliance of Research Universities, Copenhagen, .
  • Bambrick, H., Dear, K. and Hanigan, I. (2009), 'Deaths in a sunburnt country: Differential motality responses to temperatures in a 'hot' country and implications for climate change adaptations', Climate Change Congress, Interantional Alliance of Research Universities, .
  • Bambrick, H., Dear, K. and Hanigan, I. (2009), 'Deaths in a sunburnt country: Differential mortality responses to temperatures in a 'hot' country and implications for climate change adaptations', Climate Change Congress, International Alliance of Research Universities, Copenhagen.
  • Banwell, C., Dixon, J., Bambrick, H., Hinde, S., Kjellstrom, T., Lucas, R. and Hanigan, I. (2009), 'Socio-cultural reflections on comfort and heat in Australia with implications for climate change adaption.', Climate Change Congress, International Alliance of Research Universities, Copenhagen, Copenhagen.

Other Publications

  • 2015, 'Human Health and Climate Change in Pacific Island Countries', Research Report
  • 2015, 'Climate Change Challenges to Health: Risks and Opportunities: Recommendations from the 2014 Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank: Group 3 Food and Water Supplies', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Climate Adaptation Strategy for Health: Assessment Report on Climate Change Risks to Health at District Hospitals', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Climate Adaptation Strategy for Health and Action Plan: Part of the Project "Integrating Climate Change Risks in the Agriculture and Health Sectors in Samoa"', Research Report
  • 2012, 'Human Health Review and Research Synthesis: Prepared for the Office of Environment and Heritage for the Sydney Adaptation Strategy New South Wales, Australia', Research Report
  • 2010, 'Effective emissions targets needed to protect Australia's blood supply - Policy Brief No. 11', Published Work
  • 2009, 'What does $50,000 buy in population research? Characteristics of internet survey participants compared with a random telephone sample.', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Garnaut Climate Change Review: The Impacts of Climate Change on Three Health Outcomes: Temperature-Related Mortality and Hospitalisations, Salmonellosis and Other Bacterial Gastroenteritis, and Population at Risk From Dengue', Research Report

Research

Publications can be found at:

https://uws.academia.edu/HilaryBambrick

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hilary_Bambrick

Please note that these are more up to date than those listed under the 'Publications' tab above, and you can access a number of fulltexts.

This information has been contributed by Professor Bambrick.

Previous Projects

Title: Obesity, overweight and hospitalisation: Identifying targets for interventions to prevent adverse health outcomes [via ANU - no funding to UWS]
Years: 2010-01-01 - 2013-12-31
ID: P00017782
Western Researchers: Louisa Jorm and Hilary Bambrick
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Acculturation and mental health among older Vietnam-born and Lebanon-born residents of Western Sydney
Years: 2007-09-12 - 2008-09-30
ID: P0015718
Western Researchers: Louisa Jorm, Hilary Bambrick and Beverley Raphael
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Sydney South West Area Health Service
Title: OSPREY: Building capacity for research to improve health services for mothers, babies and children
Years: 2009-03-19 - 2015-12-31
ID: P00016228
Western Researchers: Louisa Jorm and Hilary Bambrick
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Urbanism, Climate Adaptation and Health [via ANU]
Years: 2010-05-28 - 2014-03-21
ID: P00017837
Western Researchers: Hilary Bambrick
Funding:
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (ACRG)
Title: The 45 and Up Study: exploring met and unmet needs for home care in NSW
Years: 2008-04-02 - 2010-02-28
ID: P0015896
Western Researchers: Louisa Jorm and Hilary Bambrick
Funding:
  • Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
Title: Health impacts of climate change on Indigenous Australians: identifying climate thresholds to enable the development of informed adaptation strategies [via UNSW]
Years: 2011-01-01 - 2015-03-31
ID: P00020085
Western Researchers: Hilary Bambrick
Funding:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)

Supervision

Professor Bambrick is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Title: Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Urban Australia: Comparing and Planning for Minimising the Health Impacts of Clinical Change in Greater Western Sydney and the ACT.
Field of Research:
Title: Managing Animals in Disasters
Field of Research:
Title: Epidemiology and Outcomes of Hypertensive Disorder of Pregnancy in Northwest Ethiopia: A Prospective Follow-up Study
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Title: Type 2 Diabetes: Prevalence, Lifestyle Factors, and Patterns of Hospitalisation by Country of Birth in New South Wales, Australia
Field of Research: HEALTH
Thesis: Type 2 Diabetes: Prevalence, Lifestyle Factors, and Patterns of Hospitalisation by Country of Birth in New South Wales, Australia
Title: An epidemiological study of type 2 diabetes among Vietnam-born Australians
Field of Research: HEALTH
Thesis: An epidemiological study of type 2 diabetes among Vietnam-born Australians

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