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Professor Melissa Haswell
Faculty of Health,
School - Public Health and Social Work
IHBI Membership
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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PhD (University of London)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (Member of the Scientific Committee for ISEE Conference 2017);
  • International Association for the Prevention of Suicide
  • Climate and Health Alliance
  • Public Health Association Australia (Ecology and Environment Special Interest Group & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Special Interest Group)
  • Doctors for the Environment Australia (Honorary Member)
  • Protect Sydney’s Water Alliance
* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Current Position at QUT (Commenced June 2016)

  • Discipline Lead of Health, Safety and Environment in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Health
  • Course Coordinator, Post-Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Course Coordinator, Master of Health, Safety and Environment
  • Researcher in Environmental Health and Aboriginal Health

Formal Qualifications

  • 1987   Ph.D. (Infectious Disease Epidemiology) Imperial College of Science and Technology,University of London, UK. (Professor RM Anderson, supervisor)
  • 1982   M.Sc. (Bacteriology and Immunology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.(Professor Lindsay Hutt-Fletcher, supervisor)
  • 1980   B.A. (Biology), Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio, USA.

Additional Educational Experience

  • 2011   Trauma and Resilience – Theory and Practice from the Israeli Experience, Hebrew University
  • 2008  Certificate III Family Well Being Empowerment Program, Four Stages plus FacilitatorTraining, Cairns TAFE and James Cook University
  • 2003  Mental Health Outcomes Training, Queensland  Health
  • 1995   National  Short  Course  Environmental Health:  Assessing and Managing Risk, FlindersUniversity, Adelaide University and SA Health Commission
This information has been contributed by Professor Melissa Haswell.


Recent and Current Unit Coordination and Delivery at QUT

  • PUN620 Concepts of Environmental Health
  • PUN015 Environmental Management and Sustainability
  • PUN617 Health, Safety and Environment Leadership and Management
  • PUP415 Occupational Health


  • CAPHIA (Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australiasia) Award for Excellence in Public Health Teaching (2018)
  • UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for Programs that Enhance Learning; Team Award with Muru Marri (with Lisa Jackson Pulver, Megan Williams, Sally Fitzpatrick) (2014)
  • Post-Graduate Supervision Award, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW (2013)

Past Teaching Experience

  • Established and led a University of Queensland Torres Strait Island micro-campus, recruited and managed academic affairs for four student cohorts leading to over 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates from Far North Queensland
  • Delivered 14 different undergraduate courses within the Bachelor of Applied Health Science (Indigenous Primary Health Care) degree; University of Queensland Brisbane and Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area campuses
  • Developed and delivered four postgraduate electives in the Masters of Public Health (University of Queensland and University of New South Wales) in Environmental Health (6 times); Indigenous Health and Wellbeing across the Lifespan (5 times); Mental Health Promotion (twice); Psychosocial Aspects of Traumatic Loss (twice)
This information has been contributed by Professor Melissa Haswell.


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