Journal article

Coal-mine fire-related fine particulate matter and medical-service utilization in Australia: a time-series analysis from the Hazelwood Health Study

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

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study assessed the association between coal-mine-fire-related fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and medical-service utilization, following a 6-week coal-mine fire in Australia, in 2014. Areas in the immediate vicinity of the mine experienced hourly mine-fire-related PM2.5 concentrations of up to 3700 μg/m3. METHODS: Data on medical-service utilization were collected from the Medicare Benefits Schedule-a national database of payment for medical services. PM2.5 concentrations were modelled using atmospheric chemical transport modelling. Quasi-Poisson interrupted distributed lag time-series analysis examined the association between daily mine-fire-related PM2.5 concentrations and..

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Grants

Awarded by Career Development Fellowship of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, a Career Development Fellowship of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1107107 to Y.G.) and an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (to A.J.). The paper presents the views of the authors and does not represent the views of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.