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ECU researchers awarded a $60,000 research grant in partnership with Woodside

Tuesday, 31 August 2010


Congratulations to a team of researchers from the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, who were recently awarded a $60,000 research grant by the Australia China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund (The Gas Fund) to test heat stress interventions under operational conditions.

Led by Senior Lecturers in the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science, Dr Jacques Oosthuizen and Mr Martyn Cross, the project will look at workers as occupational athletes, analysing how they perform their work in hot environments.

The analysis will include field work on Woodside offshore facilities, as well as land-based operations conducted over the summer.

Dr Oosthuizen is thrilled that the team has been recognised with the grant, with the hope that the project can develop further partnerships across the University to analyse the impact working on offshore facilities has on an individual's health.

“We are thrilled to receive the grant, and hope to see more collaboration in the future with other parts of the school, in particular with Associate Professor Mel Ziman in biomedical science.”

“We would like to use physiological measures to validate current occupational exposure standards for a range of hazardous substances and conditions, with the plan to focus initially on melanoma as an occupational disease.”

ECU’s achievement was recognised by the Department of State Development at a special luncheon attended by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor John Finlay-Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Tony Watson, Head of School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Professor Rob Newton and Dr Jacques Oosthuizen.

The gas fund was established through a partnership between the Chinese Government, the Australian Federal Government, WA State Government, BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, MIMI, Shell and Woodside.

This is the first round of research grants awarded by the Australia China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund.

For more information on the project, email Dr Oosthuizen on


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