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Professor Hilary Bambrick
Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Health,
School of Public Health & Social Work
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Public Health and Social Work - HDHS
Discipline *
Public Health and Health Services
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Doctor of Philosophy (Australian National University)

Professional memberships
and associations

International Association for Ecology and Health (EcoHealth) 2014 –

Australasian Epidemiological Association (IEA) 2007 –

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) 2007 –

Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) (ACT Branch Secretary), 2003–7


* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Hilary Bambrick (PhD, BA (Hons), BSc, Grad Cert Higher Ed) is Head of School, School of Public Health and Social WorkFaculty of HealthQueensland University of Technology.

Professor Bambrick 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 research is largely based in Australia, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Her doctoral thesis (ANU, 2003) examined Indigenous child growth and risk of subsequent diabetes.

Not only has Professor Bambrick published over 130 articles, editorials, articles, book chapters, reports and conference items, she has also contributed as a lead investigator to the award of $10 million in national competitive grants and industry funding.

Professor Bambrick is regularly invited to consult 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.

In 2016 she was appointed to the Climate Council.

This information has been contributed by Professor Hilary Bambrick.


Competitive grants and consultancies

2016  World Health Organization (WHO). Building resilience of health systems in Asian LDCs to climate change (Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Lao PDR). $32,645

2016   National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. Climate change impacts on human health in the coastal zone. $2000.

2014  Office of the Chief Scientist, NSW. Review into the public health effects of coal seam gas. With Pavla Vaneckova, Western Sydney University. $10,800.

2013  Government of Samoa through the United Nations Development Programme. Climate Adaptation Strategy for Health. With Simon Hales, University of Otago. $30,000.

2012  NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Human Health Research Review and Synthesis. $44,961.

2011  NHMRC Project Grant. Health impacts of climate change on Indigenous Australians. Identifying climate thresholds to enable the development of informed adaptation strategies. (CIA Donna Green), $348,581

2010  NHMRC Project Grant. Obesity, overweight and hospitalisation: Identifying interventions to prevent adverse health outcomes. (CIA Emily Banks), $581,750

2009  NHMRC Capacity Building Grant. OSPREY: Building capacity for research to improve health services for mothers, babies and children. (CIA Louisa Jorm) $2,261,542

2009  CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Cluster on Urbanism, Climate Adaptation and Health. (CIA Tony Capon). $3,150,000 (Bambrick leading Project Team 4, Thermal Stress, Urban Environments and Health, $367,000)

2008  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Grant. National Adaptation Research Network on Health Impacts and Adaptation. (CIA Tony Capon), $960,000

2008  Western Sydney University School of Medicine. Assessing community attitudes to remunerated blood donation in Australia: Implications for safe and sustainable supply. $60,000

2008  Western Sydney University School of Medicine. Building GIS (Geographical Information Systems) capacity in population health research. $10,000

2008  CSIRO Healthy Urban Systems. The impact of climate change in the daily life of the population’s health and well-being. $8,400. (CIA Cathy Banwell). Pilot study

2008 Western Sydney University. Exploring Pregnancy Outcomes (CIA Virginia Schmied), $30,000

2008 NSW HACC tender. The 45 and Up Study: exploring met and unmet needs for home care in NSW (CIA Louisa Jorm), $111,951

2008  Garnaut Climate Change Review. Ross River virus under climate change in Australia. Bambrick H and Woodruff R, $12,000

2007  Garnaut Climate Change Review. Climate change impact assessment on health in Australia. Bambrick H, Dear K, Woodruff R, Hanigan I and McMichael AJ, $112,053

2007 Western Sydney University Sustainability Research Initiative. Acculturation and mental health among older Vietnam-born and Lebanon-born residents of western Sydney. (CIA Louisa Jorm), $27,540

2006 NHMRC Preventive Healthcare and Strengthening Australia’s Social and Economic Fabric Strategic Awards: Understanding the impact of social, economic and geographic disadvantage on the health of Australians in mid to later life: Where are the opportunities for prevention? (CIA Adrian Bauman), $1,800,000 (2006–2010)

2006 CSIRO Preventative Health Flagship. The Atmospheric Environment and Health. (CIA Keith Dear), $107,000

2005 CSIRO Preventative Health Flagship. Health Forecasting Model. (CIA Rennie D’Souza), $85,550

2005 Consultancy. Review of Quality Assurance in Aboriginal Medical Services (QAAMS) Program. Campbell Research & Consulting, Melbourne, $5000

2000 Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Research Grant. Type 2 Diabetes in an Aboriginal Community, $9481

2000 Faculty of Arts Research Grant, ANU. Type 2 Diabetes in an Aboriginal Community:, $7000

Total funding awarded: $9,808,254

Keynote presentations, expert testimony, invited panels

2017 The President’s Foundation and the Australian High Commission National conference on wellbeing. April, Malta (forthcoming). Several academic keynotes and public seminars, titles TBA.

2016 Planning Institute of Australia state conference. Planning for healthy cities with climate change. 14 October, Newcastle.

University of Sydney/ University of Western Sydney. Coal, climate and health in West Papua. At the Intersection: Pacific Climate Change and Resource Exploitation in West Papua. 14 October, Parramatta.

University of Wollongong. In Conversation with… as part of Global Climate Change Week. 12 October, Wollongong

Festival of Bright Ideas (National Science Week). The heat is on! Expert panel. 13 August, Hobart.

Wollongong Playback Theatre. The Big One: Stories from a warming world. Expert panel. 24 June, Wollongong.

2015 Australian Academy of Science. Can Science Save Humanity? Panel discussion for National Science Week. 24 August, Canberra.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Expert witness at the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry into Human Rights Issues of Women and Girls in the Indian ocean – Asia Pacific region. Canberra, April 2015.

2014 Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Coastal ecosystem disturbances, fish and shellfish poisoning and their socio-economic implications, Noumea, New Caledonia, November.

2014 Australian Academy of Science. Theo Murphy’s High Flyers Think Tank: Climate Change and Health. Brisbane, July.

2013 CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship. Health Cluster Symposium. August. ANU Canberra.

2013 Health vulnerability and adaptation assessment. Side workshop at the conference for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Basel, Switzerland, August.

2012 Healthy Workers, People and Planet. Festschrift for Tony McMichael. Canberra, November

2012 Pacific Regional Climate Change and Health Symposium. Nadi, Fiji, 13-15 Sept.

2012 Workshop on Spatial Data Gaps for Research and Action on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation, held in association with the Climate Adaptation Futures Conference, Tucson, 1 June.

2012 Sydney Adaptation Strategy Symposium. Office of Environment and Heritage. Sydney, December

2009 Science Teachers’ Association of NSW. Engaging students in Science. Keynote address. 25 September, Sydney.

2008 Climate change and health in NSW: Adaptation considerations. Illawarra-South East Regional Coordination Program Management Group. 11 March, Nowra.

2008 Effects of Climate Change on Health. Rural Health Services Networking Forum, 21 February, Launceston.

2008 Australian Academy of Science. Invited participant in the Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank on Preventative Health: Science and technology in the prevention and early detection of disease.

2007 Climate change and health: Research & policy issues in relation to health impacts & adaptations. 4-6 December, Canberra.

2007 Climate change impacts on the right to health in Australia. Securing the Environment, Australian Human Rights Centre Symposium, University of NSW, 2 May, Sydney.

The health impacts of climate change. Abrupt Climate Change – a Northern Hemisphere Phenomenon? International Network for Young Scholars, 19–23 March, Oxford.

2006 Expert witness for Review of Australia’s Plasma Fractionation Arrangements.

2005 Trading in public health: Lessons from the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Plenary paper, Global Forum for Health Leaders, 28 November – 3 December, Taipei.

2005 Human health impacts of climate change. Australasian Medical Writers Association Conference, 5 November, Canberra.

2005 Is globalisation bad for your health? Keynote presentation and panel discussion, Sustainability: the Choice is Ours: Home Economics Institute of Australia Biennial Conference, 12–15 January, Hobart.

2005 Healthy rights and responsibilities: Environmental change and global inequalities. Workshop, Sustainability: the Choice is Ours: Home Economics Institute of Australia Biennial Conference, 12–15 January, Hobart.

2003 Expert witness for Senate Inquiry into the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)


  • Peace Prize Jury, Sydney Peace Foundation (2016, 2017)
  • Expert Advisory Panel, Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) (2017)
  • Scientific advisor, Climate Change Statement, Uniting Church of Australia (2016)
  • Member of A24, a diverse group of community and academic leaders promoting social equity and sustainability in Austalia
  • Research Committee, The Australia Institute (2013–)
  • Strategic Council, The Climate Institute (2008–)

Media (examples)
Professor Bambrick is an experienced media commentator, with dozens of interviews for radio, television, print and electronic media in Australia and overseas.
She is regularly invitated to present to professional, education and community organisations including schools, university researchers, university graduation, women’s development and women in science on careers, research strategies, research supervision, and academic work-life balance.

This information has been contributed by Professor Hilary Bambrick.


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