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Fine particulate matter exposure and medication dispensing during and after a coal mine fire: A time series analysis from the Hazelwood Health Study

Amanda L Johnson, Joanna F Dipnall, Martine Dennekamp, Grant J Williamson, Caroline X Gao, Matthew TC Carroll, Christina Dimitriadis, Jillian F Ikin, Fay H Johnston, Alexander C McFarlane, Malcolm R Sim, Dion A Stub, Michael J Abramson, Yuming Guo



Limited research has examined the impacts of coal mine fire smoke on human health. The aim of this study was to assess the association between prolonged smoke PM2.5 exposure from a brown coal mine fire that burned over a seven week period in 2014 and medications dispensed across five localities in South-eastern Victoria, Australia. Spatially resolved PM2.5 concentrations were retrospectively estimated using a dispersion model coupled with a chemical transport model. Data on medications dispensed were collected from the national Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule database for 2013-2016. Poisson distributed lag time series analysis was used to examine associations between daily mine fire-related..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The paper presents the views of the authors and does not represent the views of the Department.AJ receives an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. YG is supported by a Career Development Fellowship of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.