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Jane Heyworth

Professor Jane Heyworth

Population and Public Health

Contact details
Population and Public Health
The University of Western Australia (M431)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 7370
+61 8 6488 1188
BAppSc GradDipHlthSc Curtin, MPH Adel., PhD Flin.
Brief Biography: Professor Jane Heyworth
Professor Heyworth is an environmental epidemiologist with over thirty’s experience in environmental health research, policy and practice. She is currently Deputy Head of the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Western Australia. From 2005 to 2015 Professor Heyworth was Sub Dean of Health Sciences.
Professor Heyworth’s specific research interests are in environmental causes of chronic illness and water quality and health. She has been involved in a number of large epidemiological studies in these areas, including studies on health effects of long term exposure to air pollution (NHMRC); particulate and metal exposure in children in Port Hedland, Western Australia, environmental and occupational risk factors for breast cancer (NHMRC), environmental and genetic risk factors for left and right sided colorectal cancer (NHMRC); maternal exposure to persistent toxic substances (ARC) and the health effects of rainwater consumption (SAHC). In recognition of her work on gastroenteritis and rainwater consumption, Dr Heyworth was invited to present at the World Water Forums held in March 2004 and again in 2007. In April 2004 she was also nominated for the Developing Countries Prize of Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany. Currently Professor Heyworth is involved with studies investigating work-related hearing loss in Australia (NHMRC); Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (NESP) and occupational injury prevention in high temperature environments (ARC). Her research funding to date is $12.4m million.
Professor Heyworth has 88 publications in national and international publications. She has developed strategic collaborations with colleagues across a wide range of disciplines locally, nationally and internationally. Internationally she is collaborating with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Barcelona, Spain and the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, University Utrecht, Netherlands and College of Public Health, University of South Florida, USA in relation to air pollution research. She has collaborated with scientists from the Artic Monitoring and Assessment Program in Norway and Vietnam in relation to maternal exposure to persistent organic compounds; and with epidemiologists from Canada and Germany in relation to Breast Cancer research.
Professor Heyworth teaches environmental health and epidemiology within undergraduate and postgraduate public health programs. She took up her first academic position at Flinders University in 1992, where she developed the curricula for a new degree program in environmental health. Since then she developed the public health curricula for the Bachelor of Health Science, Honours program and Bachelor of Science at UWA. In October 2008 Dr Heyworth also worked with the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Sciences in Trivandrum, Kerala, India to revise their Masters level unit in Environmental Health. Following this Dr Heyworth had led a five trips for UWA students to work on public health issues in Southern India and the Pokhara district of Nepal.
Professor Heyworth has won seven excellence in teaching awards, in the categories of individual teaching, honours supervision and student support. This included a national award from the Office for Learning and Teaching Award for a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2014. Professor Heyworth has supervised seven PhD students to completion and is currently supervising two PhD and two Masters dissertation students.
Professor Heyworth has undertaken a number of professional service roles. She was inaugural chair of the WA Public Health Advocacy Institute’s Committee on Environment and Health, which was established in May 2010. This committee established the Local Government Report Card for Children’s Environmental Health and the Indigenous storybook series showcasing the achievements of Indigenous people and communities across Western Australia. Dr Heyworth has assisted non-government agencies in Sri Lanka, India, Hawaii and Brazil in assessing the risk associated with rainwater consumption and also provided advice to the WHO South East Asia Regional Office on a guidance document on water safety and health aspects of rainwater harvesting and storage. Within government she has been involved with evaluation of health risk associated with lead contamination in Port Pirie and Esperance and perception of environmental health risk. Other service roles have included membership of the State Government Air Quality Coordinating Committee; Silver Chain ethic Committee (2006-2013); membership officer/ secretary for the Australasian Epidemiological Association (2004-2007) and co-chair of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference held in Perth in 2003.

Key research
Environmental Epidemiology
2014/ 2015
SiSi, Boyle T, Heyworth J, Glass DC, Saunders C, Fritschi L. 2015. Lifetime physical activity and risks of breast cancer in post-menopausal women. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Breast Cancer Res Treat 152:449–462.DOI 10.1007/s10549-015-3489-x.
Dirgawati M, Barnes R, Wheeler A.J., Arnold A., McCaul KA, Stuart AL., Blake D, Hinwood A, Yeap B. B., and Heyworth J. 2015. Development of Land Use Regression Models for Predicting Exposure to Air Pollution in Metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. Environmental Modelling & Software: 74: 258-267.
Glass D, Heyworth J., Thomson A, Peters S, Saunders C, and Fritschi L. 2015 Occupational exposure to solvents and risk of breast cancer American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 58(9):915-922.
Hinwood A.L. , Stasinska A, Callan A.C., Heyworth J, Ramalingam M., Boyce M., McCafferty P, Odland J.Ø. 2015. Maternal exposure to alkali, alkali earth, transition and other metals: Concentrations and predictors of exposure. Environmental Pollution. 204: 256–263
Ward, S.V. Dowty J.G., Webster R.J., Cadby G., Glasson E.J., Heyworth J.S., Emery J., Cole J.M., Millward M.J., Wood F.M., Palmer L.J. 2015. The aggregation of early-onset melanoma in young Western Australian families. Cancer Epidemiology 39: 346-352.
Hinwood AL, Callan AC, Heyworth J, Rogic D, de Araujo J, Crough R, Mamahit G, Piro N, Yates A, Stevenson G and Odland JØ. 2014. Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and dioxin concentrations in residential dust of pregnant women. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 16(12):2758-63. DOI: 10.1039/c4em00383g.
Boyle T, Fritschi L, Tabatabaei SM, Ringwald K, Heyworth JS. 2014. Smoking, alcohol, diabetes, obesity, socioeconomic status, and the risk of colorectal cancer in a population-based case–control study. Cancer Causes &Control. 25(12):1659-68. DOI 10.1007/s10552-014-0470-7.
MacTiernan A, Fritschi L, Slevin T, Jalleh G, Donovan R and Heyworth J. 2014. Public perceptions of cancer risk factors: a Western Australian Study Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 25, 90–96.
Thomson AK, Heyworth JS, Girschik J, Slevin T, Saunders C, Fritschi L. 2014. Beliefs and perceptions about the causes of breast cancer: a case-control study. BMC Research Notes 7:558
Stasinska A, Heyworth J, Reid A , Callan A, Øyvind Odland J, Duong PT, Ho QV, Hinwood A. 2014. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) concentrations in plasma of pregnant women from Western Australia. Science of the Total Environment 493 554–561.
Hinwood A, Callan AC, Heyworth J, McCafferty P, Sly PD. 2014. Children’s personal exposure to PM10 and associated metals in urban, rural and mining activity areas. Chemosphere 108:125-133.
Green CJ, de Dauwe P, Boyle T, Tabatabaei SM, Fritschi L, Heyworth JS. 2014. Tea, coffee and milk consumption and colorectal cancer risk. Journal of Epidemiology, 24(2):146-153.
El-Zaemey S, Heyworth J, Glass D, Peters S, Fritschi L. 2014. Household and Occupational Exposure to Pesticides and Risk of Breast Cancer. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 24(2) 91-102.
El-Zaemey S, Heyworth J, Fritschi L. 2014 Qat consumption among women living in Yemen. Int J Occup Environ Med, 5 :109-111
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Deputy Head of School
Coordinator of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in epidemiology
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
Australasian Epidemiological Association
Honours and awards
2015 Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Research Supervision.
2014Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching 2014 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
2012 UWA Excellence in Teaching Award.
2012 Ray James Award for best paper published Health Promotion Journal of Australia in 2012. (Tap into Good teeth - a Western Australian pilot study of children’s drinking patterns).
2011Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
2010Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Individual Teaching Category.
2010Health Science Society Excellence in Teaching/Student Support Award
2010 School of Population Health Citizenship Award.
2009Health Science Society Excellence in Teaching/Student Support Certificate of Commendation.
2009School of Population Health High Commendation the Distinguished Teaching and Learning Award for Schools
2004Nomination for the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Developing Countries Prize for Water and Sustainable Development.
2004UWA Excellence in Teaching Award – Individual Teaching Award.
2004UWA Excellence in Teaching Award 2004 – Honours Research Supervision Award.
1984Recipient of a Kellogg Scholarship to undertake Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences.
1978Gold Medal Award presented by Australian Institute of Health Surveyors (WA Division) Most Outstanding Graduate.
1978Bruel and Kjaer Prize - Most Outstanding 3rd Year Student.

Previous positions
Aug 11- Dec 15Sub-Dean Health Sciences and Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Western Australia.
Nov 05Sub-Dean Health Sciences and Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Western Australia.
Aug 00-Nov 05Lecturer and Coordinator of Public Health major,School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia
Feb 00 to Aug 00 0.5 FTE Lecturer School of Population Health, The University of Western Australia
July 97 to Feb 00 Leave of absence- full-time doctoral studies
Oct 91 to June 97 Lecturer in Environmental Health/ Program Coordinator,BAppSci (Environmental Health),School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences,Flinders University
Jun 88 to Sep 91 Scientific Officer, Public and Environmental Health Division, South Australian Health Commission
May 87 to Jun 88Public Health Trainee, Environmental Health Branch, South Australian Health Commission
Apr 85 to May 87 Research Assistant, NHMRC Road Accident Research Unit, University of Adelaide, South Australia,
Dec 80 to Feb 84 Environmental Health Officer, Shire of Irwin; Shire of Bayswater; Shire of East Pilbara Western Australia
PUBH2206 Foundations of Epidemiology
PUBH8750 Epidemiology 1
Current projects
Health effects of long-term air pollution exposure
Occupational injury prevention in high temperature environments.
Air pollution exposure estimation for cohort studies of long term exposure and health in Australia. .
Clean Air and Urban Landscapes; 2015-2020
Work-related hearing loss in Australia.

Research profile
Research profile and publications

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