Impact of bushfire smoke on respiratory health

Vivek Dharwal, Keshav R Paudel and Philip M Hansbro
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50754
Published online: 21 September 2020

To the Editor: The incidence of bushfires, forest fires and wildfires, is increasing globally. Epidemiology shows that individuals with chronic respiratory diseases are most affected with increased hospitalisations. However, the impacts or safe exposure levels of bushfire smoke are not well known.1 We were recently awarded the Medical Research Future Fund's Bushfire Impact Research grant 2020 and in this project we will address the following questions:

  • Vivek Dharwal1,2
  • Keshav R Paudel1,2
  • Philip M Hansbro1,2,3

  • 1 Centre for Inflammation, Centenary Institute, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 3 University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW


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