Associate Professor Stephen Corbett

Associate Professor
Public Health, School of Public Health

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Biographical details

I am a public health physician, currently Director of the Centre for Population Health in the Western Sydney Local Health District, and part-time general practitioner at the Aborignal Medical Service Western Sydney. My background is in general practice, and environmental and occupational health. I am a member of the board of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. In 2011 I was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany

Research interests

My research interest broadly are in the area of public policy and the interface between human health and the environment. This interest has included research air and water quality and health, environmental lead contamination and remediation, bioaerosols, food borne illness and environmental health in Aboriginal communities. More recenly this interest has extended to include the part played by the tectonic environmental changes linked to the industrial revolution in the recent human evolution of disease alleles linked to chronic or degenerative disease.

Teaching and supervision

I teach medical undergraduates in the Integrated Population Medicine program.

International links

Finland

(Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Oulu, Finland) Invited review for a special edition of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology on the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome on the subject of PCOS and recent human evolution. Dr Laure Morin Papunen was my collaborator

Hong Kong S.A.R.

(Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, China) Co-author of papers below.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Corbett, S., Morin-Papunen, L. (2013). The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and recent human evolution. Molecular And Cellular Endocrinology, 373(1-2), 39-50. [More Information]
  • Schaffer, A., Muscatello, D., Broome, R., Corbett, S., Smith, W. (2012). Emergency department visits, ambulance calls, and mortality associated with an exceptional heat wave in Sydney, Australia, 2011: a time-series analysis. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 11(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Morgan, G., Sheppeard, V., Khalaj, B., Ayyar, A., Lincoln, D., Jalaludin, B., Beard, J., Corbett, S., Lumley, T. (2010). Effects of Bushfire Smoke on Daily Mortality and Hospital Admissions in Sydney, Australia. Epidemiology, 21(1), 47-55. [More Information]
  • Wozniak, T., Corbett, S., Gilbert, G. (2010). The plague: not just an historical curiosity. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 21, 248. [More Information]
  • Chao, C., Wan, M., Morawska, L., Johnson, G., Ristovski, Z., Hargreaves, M., Mengersen, K., Corbett, S., Li, Y., Xie, X., et al (2009). Characterization of expiration air jets and droplet size distributions immediately at the mouth opening. Journal of Aerosol Science, 40, 122-133. [More Information]
  • Kardamanidis, K., Corbett, S., Zeps, N. (2009). Hepatitis A: Wallis Lake Revisited. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 20, 29-31.
  • Corbett, S. (2009). Modernising public-health infrastructure. International Journal of Public Health, 54, 301-2. [More Information]
  • Morawska, L., Johnson, G., Ristovski, Z., Hargreaves, M., Mengersen, K., Corbett, S., Chao, C., Li, Y., Katoshevski, D. (2009). Size distribution and sites of origin of droplets expelled during expiratory manoeuvres. Journal of Aerosol Science, 40, 256-269. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S., McMichael, A., Prentice, A. (2009). Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and the evolutionary paradox of the polycystic ovary syndrome: A fertility first hypothesis. American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council, 21(5), 587-98. [More Information]
  • Alam, N., Corbett, S., Ptolemy, H. (2008). Environmental health risk assessment of nickel contamination of drinking water in a country town in NSW. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 19(9-10), 170-173. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2008). Public health and regulation of the built environment. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 19, 212-214. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2008). Regulation and regulatory effectiveness in public health. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 19, 193-194. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S., Poon, C. (2008). Toxic levels of mercury in Chinese infants eating fish congee. Medical Journal of Australia, 188(1), 59-60. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2007). Channelling Edwin Chadwick: beyond utopian thinking in urban planning policy and health. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 18(9-10), 195-197. [More Information]
  • Jalaludin, B., Mannes, T., Morgan, G., Lincoln, D., Sheppeard, V., Corbett, S. (2007). Impact of ambient air pollution on gestational age is modified by season in Sydney, Australia. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 6(16), doi:10.1186/1476-069X-6-16 page 1-doi:10.1186/1476-069X-6-16 page 9. [More Information]
  • Lyle, D., Phillips, A., Balding, W., Burke, H., Stokes, D., Corbett, S., Hall, J. (2006). Dealing with lead in Broken Hill - Trends in blood lead levels in young children 1991-2003. Science of the Total Environment, 359(1-3), 111-119. [More Information]
  • Johnson, A., Toelle, B., Yates, D., Belousova, E., Ng, K., Corbett, S., Marks, G. (2006). Occupational asthma in New South Wales (NSW): a population-based study. Occupational Medicine, 56(4), 258-262. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2005). A Ministry for the Public's Health: an imperative for disease prevention in the 21st century? Medical Journal of Australia, 183(5), 254-257. [More Information]
  • Jalaludin, B., Morgan, G., Lincoln, D., Sheppeard, V., Simpson, R., Corbett, S. (2005). Associations between ambient air pollution and daily emergency department attendances for cardiovascular disease in the elderly (65+ years), Sydney, Australia. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 16(3), 225-237. [More Information]
  • Alam, N., Armstrong, P., Nguyen, O., Kesson, A., Cripps, T., Corbett, S. (2005). Salmonella typhimurium phage type 170 in a tertiary paediatric hospital with person-to-person transmission implicated. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 29, 374-378.
  • Alam, N., Armstrong, P., Nguyen, O., Kesson, A., Cripps, T., Corbett, S. (2005). Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 170 in a tertiary paediatric hospital with person-toperson transmission implicated. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 29(4), 374-378. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2005). The art of the possible: experience and practice in health impact assessment in New South Wales. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 16(7-8), 116-118. [More Information]
  • Lister, S., Sheppeard, V., Morgan, G., Corbett, S., Kaldor, J., Henry, R. (2001). February asthma outbreaks in NSW: a case control study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25(6), 514-519.

2013

  • Corbett, S., Morin-Papunen, L. (2013). The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and recent human evolution. Molecular And Cellular Endocrinology, 373(1-2), 39-50. [More Information]

2012

  • Schaffer, A., Muscatello, D., Broome, R., Corbett, S., Smith, W. (2012). Emergency department visits, ambulance calls, and mortality associated with an exceptional heat wave in Sydney, Australia, 2011: a time-series analysis. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 11(1), 1-8. [More Information]

2010

  • Morgan, G., Sheppeard, V., Khalaj, B., Ayyar, A., Lincoln, D., Jalaludin, B., Beard, J., Corbett, S., Lumley, T. (2010). Effects of Bushfire Smoke on Daily Mortality and Hospital Admissions in Sydney, Australia. Epidemiology, 21(1), 47-55. [More Information]
  • Wozniak, T., Corbett, S., Gilbert, G. (2010). The plague: not just an historical curiosity. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 21, 248. [More Information]

2009

  • Chao, C., Wan, M., Morawska, L., Johnson, G., Ristovski, Z., Hargreaves, M., Mengersen, K., Corbett, S., Li, Y., Xie, X., et al (2009). Characterization of expiration air jets and droplet size distributions immediately at the mouth opening. Journal of Aerosol Science, 40, 122-133. [More Information]
  • Kardamanidis, K., Corbett, S., Zeps, N. (2009). Hepatitis A: Wallis Lake Revisited. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 20, 29-31.
  • Corbett, S. (2009). Modernising public-health infrastructure. International Journal of Public Health, 54, 301-2. [More Information]
  • Morawska, L., Johnson, G., Ristovski, Z., Hargreaves, M., Mengersen, K., Corbett, S., Chao, C., Li, Y., Katoshevski, D. (2009). Size distribution and sites of origin of droplets expelled during expiratory manoeuvres. Journal of Aerosol Science, 40, 256-269. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S., McMichael, A., Prentice, A. (2009). Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and the evolutionary paradox of the polycystic ovary syndrome: A fertility first hypothesis. American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council, 21(5), 587-98. [More Information]

2008

  • Alam, N., Corbett, S., Ptolemy, H. (2008). Environmental health risk assessment of nickel contamination of drinking water in a country town in NSW. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 19(9-10), 170-173. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2008). Public health and regulation of the built environment. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 19, 212-214. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2008). Regulation and regulatory effectiveness in public health. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 19, 193-194. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S., Poon, C. (2008). Toxic levels of mercury in Chinese infants eating fish congee. Medical Journal of Australia, 188(1), 59-60. [More Information]

2007

  • Corbett, S. (2007). Channelling Edwin Chadwick: beyond utopian thinking in urban planning policy and health. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 18(9-10), 195-197. [More Information]
  • Jalaludin, B., Mannes, T., Morgan, G., Lincoln, D., Sheppeard, V., Corbett, S. (2007). Impact of ambient air pollution on gestational age is modified by season in Sydney, Australia. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 6(16), doi:10.1186/1476-069X-6-16 page 1-doi:10.1186/1476-069X-6-16 page 9. [More Information]

2006

  • Lyle, D., Phillips, A., Balding, W., Burke, H., Stokes, D., Corbett, S., Hall, J. (2006). Dealing with lead in Broken Hill - Trends in blood lead levels in young children 1991-2003. Science of the Total Environment, 359(1-3), 111-119. [More Information]
  • Johnson, A., Toelle, B., Yates, D., Belousova, E., Ng, K., Corbett, S., Marks, G. (2006). Occupational asthma in New South Wales (NSW): a population-based study. Occupational Medicine, 56(4), 258-262. [More Information]

2005

  • Corbett, S. (2005). A Ministry for the Public's Health: an imperative for disease prevention in the 21st century? Medical Journal of Australia, 183(5), 254-257. [More Information]
  • Jalaludin, B., Morgan, G., Lincoln, D., Sheppeard, V., Simpson, R., Corbett, S. (2005). Associations between ambient air pollution and daily emergency department attendances for cardiovascular disease in the elderly (65+ years), Sydney, Australia. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 16(3), 225-237. [More Information]
  • Alam, N., Armstrong, P., Nguyen, O., Kesson, A., Cripps, T., Corbett, S. (2005). Salmonella typhimurium phage type 170 in a tertiary paediatric hospital with person-to-person transmission implicated. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 29, 374-378.
  • Alam, N., Armstrong, P., Nguyen, O., Kesson, A., Cripps, T., Corbett, S. (2005). Salmonella Typhimurium phage type 170 in a tertiary paediatric hospital with person-toperson transmission implicated. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 29(4), 374-378. [More Information]
  • Corbett, S. (2005). The art of the possible: experience and practice in health impact assessment in New South Wales. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 16(7-8), 116-118. [More Information]

2001

  • Lister, S., Sheppeard, V., Morgan, G., Corbett, S., Kaldor, J., Henry, R. (2001). February asthma outbreaks in NSW: a case control study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 25(6), 514-519.

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