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Angus Cook

Professor Angus Cook

Director, Environmental Determinants of Chronic Disease, Ecology and Health/Research Coordinator
Population and Public Health

Contact details
Population and Public Health
The University of Western Australia (M431)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7805
+61 8 6488 1188
MB ChB Auck., MBiostats Monash, PhD Otago
Associate Professor Angus COOK is a researcher and lecturer in Environmental Epidemiology and Director of the Ecology and Health group at the School of Population Health, the University of Western Australia.
Key research
Regional Health issues
Environmental and Ecosystem Health
Global trends and Population Health
Refereed Journal articles (past 5 years)

17.Cook A, Watson J, van Buynder P, Robertson A, Weinstein P. Natural Disasters and Their Long-Term Impacts on the Health Of Communities. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 2008, 10, 167-75
18.De Vos, J.B.M., Cook, A, Devine, B, Thompson, P.J., Weinstein, P. Effect of protective filters on fire fighter respiratory health: field validation during prescribed burns. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2008, 52: 76 – 87
19.Jardine, A, Lindsay MDA, Johansen CA, Cook A, Weinstein P. The impact of dryland salinity on the population dynamics of vector mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) of Ross River virus in inland areas of south-west Western Australia. Journal of Medical Entomology 2008. 45: 1011–1022
20.Ljung K, Torin A, Smirke M, Maley F, Cook A, Weinstein P. Extracting dust from soil: A simple solution to a tricky task. Science of The Total Environment 2008; 407: 589-593
21.Cherian S, Forbes D, Sanfilippo F, Cook A, Burgner D. The epidemiology of Helicobacter pylori infection in African refugee children resettled in Australia. Med J Aust 2008. 20;189(8):438-41
22.Cherian S, Forbes DA, Cook AG, Sanfilippo FM, Kemna, EH, Swinkels, DW, Burgner DP. An Insight into the Relationships between Hepcidin, Anemia, Infections and Inflammatory Cytokines in Pediatric Refugees: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS ONE 2008; 3(12): e4030
23.Joyce S.J, Cook A, Newnham J, Brenters M, Ferguson C, Weinstein P. Water Disinfection By-Products and Prelabor Rupture of Membranes. American Journal of Epidemiology 2008; 168(5):514-521
24.De Vos AJ, Reisen F, Cook A, Devine B, Weinstein P. Respiratory Irritants in Australian Bushfire Smoke: Air Toxics Sampling in a Smoke Chamber and During Prescribed Burns. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol 2008 doi: 10.1007/s00244-008-9209-3
25.Chisholm, K, Cook, A, Bower, C, Weinstein P. Risk of Birth Defects in Australian Communities with High Levels of Brominated Disinfection By-products. Environ Health Perspect 2008; 116(9): 1267–1273
26.O'Sullivan L, Jardine A, Cook A , Weinstein P. Deforestation, Mosquitoes, and Ancient Rome: Lessons for Today. BioScience 2008, 58: 756–760
27.Jardine A, Speldewinde P, Lindsay M, Cook A, Johansen CA, Weinstein, P. Is there an Association between Dryland Salinity and Ross River Virus Disease in Southwestern Australia? EcoHealth 2008;5:58-68
28.Jardine A, Cook A, Weinstein P. The utility of mosquito-borne disease as an environmental monitoring tool in tropical ecosystems. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 2008, 10, 1409 – 1414
29.Rodriguez C, Cook A, Devine B, Van Buynder P, Lugg R, Linge K, Weinstein P. Dioxins, Furans and PCBs in Recycled Water for Indirect Potable Reuse. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2008, 5(5) 356-367
30.Cherian S, Forbes D, Sanfilippo F, Cook A, Burgner D. Helicobacter pylori, helminth infections and growth: a cross-sectional study in a high prevalence population. Acta Paediatrica 2009; 98(5): 860-864
31.Gorman J, Cook A, Ferguson C, van Buynder P, Fenwick S, Weinstein P. Pet birds and risks of respiratory disease in Australia: a review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2009; 33(2):167-72
32.The INTERPHONE study group (34 authors including A Cook). Determinants of mobile phone output power in a multinational study - implications for exposure assessment. Occup Environ Med 2009 May 21. PMID: 19465409
33.Rodriguez C, Van Buynder P, Lugg R, Blair P, Devine B, Cook A, Weinstein P. Indirect potable reuse: a sustainable water supply alternative. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2009;6(3):1174-209
34.Speldewinde PC, Cook A, Davies P, Weinstein P. A relationship between environmental degradation and mental health in rural Western Australia. Health & Place 2009;15(3):865-72
35.Rodriguez C, Devine B, Cook A, Van Buynder P, Weinstein P. Gross alpha and gross beta particle activity in recycled water for augmentation of drinking water supplies. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA 2009; 58; 3:191–202
36.Pereira, G., AJBM. De Vos, Cook A, Holman CDJ. Vector fields of risk: a new approach to the geographical representation of childhood asthma. Health and Place 2010 16(1): 140-146
37.Ljung K, Maley F, Cook A, Weinstein P. Acid sulfate soils and human health - a Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Environment International 2009; 35 (1234–1242)
38.Cherian S, Forbes D, Sanfilippo F, Cook A, Burgner D. Associations between Helicobacter pylori infection, co-morbid infections, gastrointestinal symptoms and circulating cytokines in African children. Helicobacter 2010; 15(2): 88 – 97
39.Turner S., Eastwood P., Cook A., Jenkins S. Improvement in symptoms and quality of life following exercise training in older adults with moderate to severe asthma. Respiration. DOI: 10.1159/000315142
40.Donald, M, Cook A, Mengersen K. Bayesian Network for Risk of Diarrhea Associated with the Use of Recycled Water. Risk Analysis 2009; 29(12):1672 – 1685
41.The INTERPHONE study group (34 authors including A Cook). Brain tumour risk in relation to mobile telephone use: results of the INTERPHONE international case–control study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2010;1–20; doi:10.1093/ije/dyq079
42.Donald, M, Cook A, Toze S, Sadhu, J, Mengersen K. Incorporating parameter uncertainty into Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA). Journal of Water and Health 2011; (1):10-26
43.Ljung K, Cook A. Canal estate development in an acid sulfate soil - implications for human metal exposure. Landscape and Urban Planning 2010; 97, 123-131.
44.B. Abbott, R. Lugg, B. Devine, A. Cook, P. Weinstein. Microbial Risk Classifications for Recreational Waters and Applications to the Swan and Canning Rivers in Western Australia. Journal of Water and Health 2011; 09.1 9; doi: 10.2166/wh.2011.016
45.G Pereira, A Cook, AJBM De Vos, C DJ Holman. A case-crossover analysis of traffic-related air pollution and emergency department presentations for asthma in Perth, Western Australia. Medical Journal Australia 2010; 193(9) 511-4
46.S Goater, A Cook, A Hogan, K Mengersen, A Hieatt, P Weinstein. Strategies to strengthen public health inputs to water policy in response to climate change: An Australian perspective. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health 2011 :23(2) 80S–90S
47.PC Speldewinde, A Cook, P Davies. The hidden health burden of environmental degradation: disease comorbidities and dryland salinity. EcoHealth 2011; 8:82-92
48.Gavin Pereira, Natasha Nassar, Angus Cook, Carol Bower. Traffic emissions are associated with reduced fetal growth in areas of Perth, Western Australia: an application of the AusRoads dispersion model. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2011; 35:451–458
49.Angus G Cook, Annemarie JBM de Vos, Gavin Pereira, Andrew Jardine and Phil Weinstein. Use of a total traffic count metric to investigate the impact of roadways on asthma severity: a case-control study. Environmental Health 2011: 10:52
50.Gavin Pereira, Angus Cook, Fatima Haggar, Carol Bower, Natasha Nassar. Seasonal variation in fetal growth: accounting for sociodemographic, biological, and environmental exposures. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2012; 206: 74.e1–74.e7
51.Angela Gowland, Angus Cook, Jane Heyworth. The current status of environmental health research in Australia. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 2011; DOI:10.1080/09603123.2011.643231
52.Clemencia Rodriguez, Peter Taylor, Brian Devine, Paul Van Buynder, Philip Weinstein, Angus Cook. Assessing health risks from pesticides in recycled water: A case study of augmentation of drinking water supplies in Perth, Western Australia. Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA) 2013; 18 (6): 1216-1236
53.PJ Franklin, J Loveday, A Cook. Unflued gas heaters and respiratory symptoms in older people with asthma. Thorax 2012; doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2011-200236
54.M Drysdale, KL Bjorklund, HE Jamieson, P Weinstein, A Cook, RT Watkins. Evaluating the respiratory bioaccessibility of nickel in soil through the use of a simulated lung fluid. Environ Geochem Health 2012 34:279–288
55.G Pereira, F Haggar, AW Shand, C Bower, A Cook, N Nassar. Association between pre-eclampsia and locally derived traffic-related air pollution: a retrospective cohort study. J Epidemiol Community Health 2012 doi:10.1136/jech-2011-200805
56.G Pereira, AG Cook, F Haggar, C Bower. Locally derived traffic-related air pollution and fetal growth restriction: a retrospective cohort study. Occup Environ Med 2012 doi:10.1136/oemed-2011-100509
57.C Rodriguez, K Linge, P Blair, F Busettic,B Devine, P Van Buynder, Philip Weinstein, A Cook. Recycled water: Potential health risks from volatile organic compounds and use of 1,4-dichlorobenzene as treatment performance indicator. Water Research 2012 46:1: 93–106

Book chapters
1.Cook A, Weinstein P, Woodward A. The impact of exotic insects in New Zealand. In Biological Invasions (ed. D Pimentel), CRC Press, 2002
2.Weinstein, P. and Cook, A. Volcanic emissions and health. In: Essentials of Medical Geology. O. Selinus (Ed): Amsterdam, Academic Press, 2005, pp. 203-26.
3.Cook, A, Weinstein, P. Volcanic emissions and health risks of metal contaminants in New Zealand. In: Metal contaminants: sources, effects and integration in New Zealand, Moore, T. et al (Eds). University of Canterbury Press, 2005
4.Cook, A., Ljung, K. & Watkins, R. Human health and the state of the pedosphere. Chapter in Encyclopaedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier, 2011
5.Cook A, Derbyshire E, Plumlee G. The impact of natural dusts on human health. Chapter in Encyclopaedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier, 2011
6.Cook A, Finkelman R, Fourie A. Health consequences of mineral and fuel extraction. Chapter in Encyclopaedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier, 2011
7.Cook, A., Weinstein, P. Health effects of volcanic and geothermal processes. Chapter in Encyclopaedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier, 2011
8.Ljung, K., de Vos, A., Cook, A. & Weinstein, P. An overview of the Medical Geology issues in Australia and Oceania. Chapter in: Medical Geology – a regional synthesis. Selinus, O., Finkelman, R.B., Centeno, J.A. (Eds). Springer. 575 p. ISBN: 978-90-481-3429-8.
9.Weinstein, P., Horwell, C. Cook, A. Volcanic emissions and health. In: Essentials of Medical Geology: Second Edition. O. Selinus (Ed): Springer-Verlag (publication due date: May 2013).
10.Cook, A. Public health and geological processes: an overview of a fundamental relationship. In: Essentials of Medical Geology: Second Edition. O. Selinus (Ed): Springer-Verlag (publication due date: May 2013).
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
A/Prof Cook has close research and education links with the public health community in Western Australia. He has coordinated risk assessments/studies of major environmental health issues facing Western Australia (identified by CSIRO; FESA; Departments of Health and the Environment; Department of Water), including: recreational and drinking water quality in Perth (major partners include the Environmental Health Directorate, Department of Health; Department of the Environment; Department of Water; CSIRO,); air pollution modelling (major partners include the Environmental Health Directorate at the Departments of Health in WA and in NSW; and the Air Quality Division of the Department of the Environment); spatial analysis of disease with the Department of Health; and communicable disease risks from vector-borne diseases.
Funding received
Contributed to the attraction of over $4 million in external research funding in the past 10 years [including $230,000 CRC (Bushfire), $3,258,253 CRC (Asthma), $790 000 Premier’s Water Foundation].
Previous positions
A/Prof Cook is a medical graduate (MBChB, Auck 1992) and registered medical practitioner (ACT, 1994). He completed two years of medical officer duties at Woden Valley Hospital (now the Canberra Hospital). During the 1990s, he gained extensive health research experience concurrently with his ongoing practice at community medical clinics. In 1999, he commenced his PhD at the Department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine (University of Otago), Wellington, New Zealand. He was a co-investigator in the New Zealand branch of the INTERPHONE study, an IARC-coordinated case-control study of cellphone radiation exposure and cancer (2000-2003).
• Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Disease
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•Plagues, Pox and Pandemics; A History of Death and Disease
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