Associate Professor Geoffrey Morgan
Geoff Morgan has more than 15 years experience in epidemiological research, as well as environmental health policy and education. His research address important health issues in both environmental health research and health services research, specialising in the use of state of the art biostatistical and geographical information system techniques applied to routinely collected health data linked to small area level socio-demographic and environmental risk factors. The results of his research have been translated into environmental health and health services policy and his current work includes epidemiological studies into: modelling service delivery for rural and remote birthing services in Australia; the health effects of smoke from various sources including bushfires and wood heaters; the effects of drinking water quality on health; the health effects of heatwaves; the relationship between neighbourhood walkability and health; the impact of care coordination on the management of patients with chronic disease. He has a joint appointment with the University Centre for Rural Health - University of Sydney and the North Coast Public Health Unit.
Geoff's research experience is in environmental epidemiology and environmental health policy, allowing an insight into the requirements for effective translation of research into policy. Involving trans-disciplinary collaborative teams funded by nationally competitive grants, he has applied state-of-the-art exposure assessment and statistical approaches for epidemiological studies (such as time series and case-cover analyses, geospatial techniques) to investigate environmental risk factors for health. For example, research into the effects of air pollution on health was used in the development of Australian ambient air quality standards; Geoff coordinated a project using spatial epidemiological methods and routinely collected health, environment and socio-demographic data to investigate their effects health outcomes such as the effects of drinking water quality on births. This project developed innovative processes for geocoding birth records by maternal address, leading to applied projects with the NSW Cancer Institute.
Geoff has taught the Environmental Health Unit (PUBH511) of the Master of Public Health (MPH)since 2008. He also teaches the Spatial and Environmental Epidemiology component (2 week module) of the Advanced Epidemiology Unit (PUBH5224) of the MPH.
Geoff is currently supervising PhD and MPhil students in a range of Environmental Epidemiology projects.
Current national competitive grants*
The Australian Regional Birthing Index (ARBI)
Barclay L, Morgan G, Donoghue D, Oats J, Grzybowski S, Dunbar T, Kruske S, Kildea S
NHMRC Project Grants ($473,512 over 3 years)
Understanding and ameliorating the human health effects of exposure to air pollution: from knowledge to policy and public health practice
Marks G, Jalaludin B, Morawska L, Williams G, Leeder S, Abramson M, Jones A, Morgan G, Dharmage S
NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence ($2,411,828 over 5 years)
* Grants administered through the University of Sydney