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Associate Professor Jacques Oosthuizen

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5876, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.161
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5876  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5449  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.161  


Current Teaching

  • Occupational Hygiene
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology


  • 2001-current – ECU (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor)
  • 1999-2000 – Central Queensland University (Lecturer OHS)
  • 1989-1999 – Head of Department; Environmental Health, Durban University of Technology
  • (South Africa)
  • 1982-1988 – Environmental Health Officer (various positions - South Africa)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH), Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) and member of the education committee.
  • Environmental Health Australia (EHA), member of the Education Forum

Awards and Recognition


  • 2005 - 3M award for the best paper at the National AIOH Conference, Terrigal NSW.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Exposure assessment in occupational groups
  • Heat exposures and synergistic effects

Staff Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Technology, South Africa .
  • Doctor of Philosophy, South Africa, 2000 .
  • M (Master Degree), South Africa, 1996 .
  • Dip (Diploma), South Africa, 1990 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Evaluation of a mosquito control program and development of best practice protocols by the Shire of Kalamunda,  Department of Health WA,  Funding Initiative for Mosquito Management in Western Australia,  2014 - 2015,  $181,296.
  • Assessing the practice, knowledge, confidence and willingness of WA community pharmacists in providing alcohol-related information and advice to older clients. ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014,  $20,000.
  • Finding 30 in 9 to 5 (9305),  HBF Health Limited,  Grant,  2012 - 2013,  $27,675.
  • Examining the variability of heat shock protein expression between genders during chronic and acute bouts of heat exposure,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2012 (Round 1),  2012,  $17,150.
  • The association between environmental stresses (UV, heat and chemicals) and melanoma incidence amongst staff at Telfer Gold Mine,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2011,  $158,456.
  • Field validation of a laboratory developed heat stress intervention in the Australian liquid natural gas sector,  Department of State Development,  Grant - Australia- China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund,  2010,  $59,210.
  • Review of Air Sampling Data and Development of a 5 Year Sampling Strategy for Cliffs Natural Resources (Pty) Ltd,  Cliffs Natural Resources Pty Ltd,  Grant,  2010,  $3,000.
  • Establishing best practice protocols in the management of occupational and environmental health in a high risk mining and ore processing environment.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration - Grant,  2003 - 2004,  $40,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Mate, J., Oosthuizen, J., (2012), Global warming and heat stress among Western Australian mine, oil and gas workers. Environmental Health - Emerging Issues and Practice, 289-305, Rijeka, Croatia, DOI: 10.5772/34794.
  • Mate, J., Oosthuizen, J., (2011), Global Warming and Heat Stress Among Western Australian Mine, Oil and Gas Workers. Environmental Health - Emerging Issues and Practice, 289-306, Rijeka, Croatia, DOI: 10.5772/34794.

Journal Articles

  • Trompf, P., Oosthuizen, J., (2014), Crystalline silica exposure in workers using autoclave aerated concrete (AAC) products. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment , 31(1), 499-512, North Ryde, NSW.
  • Ngwenya, B., Oosthuizen, J., Mate, J., (2014), Physical injuries among prison officers in Western Australia. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment , 30(1), 135 -145, North Ryde, NSW.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., (2014), Recent trends in temperature and relative humidity in Bawku East of Northern Ghana. Journal of Geography and Geology, 6(2), 68-81.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., (2014), Experiences of heat vulnerability and climate change among farmers in Bawku East of northern Ghana. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, 4(17), 100-110.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., (2014), The extent of heat on health and sustainable farming in Ghana. Sustainable agriculture research, 3(3), 56-64.
  • Smith, T., Oosthuizen, J., Reed, S., Yates, J., (2014), Assessing airborne contaminant exposures during cold splicing and hot splicing of conveyor belts in the Western Australian mining sector. Journal of Health & Safety, Research & Practice, 6(2), 11-17.
  • Cross, M., Oosthuizen, J., (2013), Occupational respiratory health surveillance at Minara Resources, Murrin Murrin mine site. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment , 29(1), 21-34,  Australia.
  • Oosthuizen, J., (2012), Limitations associated with the pooling of historical data sets: an analysis of dust monitoring data collected at a typical remote Australian mine 2004 ? 2008. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment , 28(2), 83-92.
  • O'Loughlin, M., Oosthuizen, J., (2012), An investigation of health problems among female hairdressers in Western Australia. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment , 28(2), 147-160, Australia.
  • Merdith, N., Oosthuizen, J., Nedved, M., (2011), The effectiveness of back belts in reducing the incidence, duration and cost of low back pain claims associated with manual handling injury in a retail hardware chain. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment ,  27(1), 63-74.
  • Douglas, I., Oosthuizen, J., (2010), An evaluation of the Mining and Resource Contractors Safety Training Association (MARCSTA) generic safety induction system. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety: Australia and New Zealand, 26(5), 463-470, Australia.
  • Clark, K., Oosthuizen, J., Beerenfels, S., Rowell, AM., (2010), Making the best of the early years: the Tambellup way. Rural and Remote Health, 10(3), 1407.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health,  Comparative Assessment Of The Effectiveness Of Online Vs Paper Based Courses For Occupational And Environmental Safety And Health..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Partnerships, Portals And Power: Implications For Women's Health..
  • Master of Public Health,  Causes And Effects Of Physical Injuries To Prison Officers Employed In Environments Of High Risk And High Need Offender Management In Western Australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Marcsta And The Effectiveness Of A Generic Occupational Health & Safety Induction Course When Used Across An Industry..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Effect Of Prenatal Zinc Supplementation On Malaria Morbidity, Pregnancy Anaemia And Birth Weight..
  • Master of Public Health,  An Investigation Into The Dust, Gases And Vapours Expulsed During The Oxidation Of Pyritic Black Shale, And Their Potential For Impacting Employee Health..
  • Doctor of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health,  Factors Influencing The Incidence Rates Of Injuries And Accidents Among Seafarers And Rig Workers Providing Support To The Wa Offshore Oil And Gas Industry..
  • Master of Public Health,  Scald Burn Admissions To Western Australia's Princess Margaret Hospital In 1998 And 2008: A Comparative Analysis..
  • Master of Public Health,  How Healthy Are Hairdressers? A Prevalence Study Investigating Health Problems Of Female Western Australian Hairdressers..
  • Master of Public Health,  Homebirth In Wa: Why Women Make This Choice..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Occupational Respiratory Health Surveillance At Minara Resources, Murrin Murrin Mine Site..
  • Master of Public Health,  Developing Best Practice Protocols For Occupational Hygiene Monitoring..

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Epidemiology Of Postnatal Depression In Rural Bangladesh..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Industrial Heat Stress: Using Ice Slurry Ingestion As A Practical Approach To Reducing Heat Strain In Workers.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Effectiveness Of Back Belts As A Control Measure For Occupational Low Back Pain In A Retail Hardware Chain.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Utilization Of Health And Medical Service: Factors Influencing Health Care Seeking Behaviour And Unmet Health Needs In Rural Areas Of Kenya.
  • Master of Public Health,  Accident Rates Relative To Age In Austraian Mining And Heavy Industry..
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