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Associate Professor Jacques Oosthuizen

Associate Professor

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5876, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO19.388
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 5876  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5449  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.388  


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

  • 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.
  • 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 (2013-14),  2014 - 2015,  $181,296.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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), 7p., 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(1407),
  • Oosthuizen, J., (2009), Climate Change and Heatwaves in Australia: A Research Opportunity for Environmental Health Officers?. Environmental Health, 9(3 & 4), 11-15, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Gausia, K., Fisher, C., Ali, M., Oosthuizen, J., (2009), Antenatal depression and suicidal ideation among rural Bangladeshi women: a community-based study. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 12(5), 351-358, Austria, DOI: 10.1007/s00737-009-0080-7.
  • Saaka, M., Oosthuizen, J., Beatty, S., (2009), Effect of joint Iron and Zinc supplementation on malarial infection and anaemia. East African Journal of Public Health, 6(1), 55-62, Tanzania, United Republic of.
  • Gausia, K., Fisher, C., Ali, M., Oosthuizen, J., (2009), Magnitude and contributory factors of postnatal depression: A community-based cohort study from a rural subdistrict of Bangladesh. Psychological Medicine, 39(6), 999-1007 , on-line, DOI: 10.1017/S0033291708004455.
  • Gausia, K., Fisher, C., Ali, M., Oosthuizen, J., (2009), Magnitude and contributory factors of postnatal depression: a community-based cohort study from a rural sub-district of Bangladesh. Psychological Medicine, 39(6), 999-1008, on-line.
  • Saaka, M., Oosthuizen, J., Beatty, S., (2009), Effect of prenatal zinc supplementation on birthweight. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27(5), 619-631, Bangladesh.
  • Oosthuizen, J., (2009), Occupational Solar Radiation and Melanoma: Reducing Litigation Risks. Environmental Health, 9(3 & 4), 87-90, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Oosthuizen, J., (2009), A comparative analysis of the course accreditation requirements of Environmental Health Australia and the enHealth Environmental Health Officer skills and knowledge matrix. Environmental Health, 9(3 & 4), 91-100, Melbourne Australia.

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..
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Occupational Respiratory Health Surveillance At Minara Resources, Murrin Murrin Mine Site..
  • 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,  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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