ANU Asbestos Health Study public forum

The ACT Asbestos Health Study driven by the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health has examined the health effects of living in a house with loose-fill asbestos insulation in the ACT. The study provides information on domestic exposure to loose-fill asbestos in the ACT and on the health concerns of current and recent residents of Mr Fluffy houses.

The findings of the ACT Asbestos Healthy Study were released on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health will hold a forum on Wednesday 19 July for Mr Fluffy residents and interested members of the public to examine in depth the findings of the study.

The results of the study will be discussed by:

  • Associate Professor Martyn Kirk
  • Dr Rosemary Korda
  • Emeritus Professor Bruce Armstrong


Associate Professor Martyn Kirk

Martyn Kirk is an Associate Professor and Convenor of the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) program offered by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in the Research School of Population Health at ANU. Prior to joining ANU in 2011, he worked for over 20 years in State, Territory and Federal health departments in the areas of food, water and infectious diseases. Martyn has consulted for the World Health Organization on gastrointestinal diseases and is a member of the WHO advisory body - the Foodborne Disease Epidemiology Reference Group. He is a member of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and an adjunct lecturer at the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.

Dr Rosemary Korda

Dr Rosemary Korda is an epidemiologist at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health in the Research School of Population Health at ANU. She specialises in chronic disease epidemiology and health services research. She has extensive experience in the analysis of large-scale complex data, including longitudinal survey data and linked administrative health data. She also has a major role in curriculum development and teaching in postgraduate population health courses and in supervising higher degree research students. She is currently an Expert Member of the Australian Government's Prostheses List Advisory Committee.

Professor Bruce Armstrong

Bruce Armstrong is an Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. He has 40 years' experience researching the causes and prevention of cancer and the performance of cancer services. Among other things he has been Deputy Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Director of Research and Registers at Cancer Council NSW, Head of the University of Sydney's School of Public Health and Director of Research at the former Sydney Cancer Centre. Professor Armstrong was honoured for his work in cancer epidemiology by award of membership of the Order of Australia (AM), fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science and the 2006 (inaugural) NSW Premier's award of Cancer Researcher of the Year.