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Professor Jacques Oosthuizen

Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5876
Facsimile: +61 8 6304 5449
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO19.161  

Jacques teaches and conducts research in the areas of occupational hygiene and epidemiology.

Current Teaching

  • HST1109 Epidemiology
  • HST2256 Occupational Hygiene
  • OHS6136 Occupational Epidemiology


Jacques has been an academic in the area of Environmental Health and Occupational Hygiene since 1989, initially in South Africa. In 1999 Jacques was employed at Central Queensland University and in 2001 he relocated to ECU.

Professional Associations

  • Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) - Certified Occupational Hygienist
  • Environmental Health Australia (EHA) – Member
  • Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) - Member

Research Areas and Interests

  • Occupational exposure assessment
  • Coal Miners pneumoconiosis (black lung)
  • Heat stress
  • Climate change and heat adaptation strategies in the developing world
  • Mosquito vector and disease control


  • Bachelor of Technology, South Africa.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, South Africa, 2000.
  • Master of Medical Science, South Africa, 1996.
  • Higher Diploma in Education (Technical), South Africa, 1990.


Recent Research Grants

  • Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP),  International Olympic Committee,  Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health,  2019 - 2022,  $568,107.
  • Silica in the Construction Industry Code of Practice Review,  Queensland Government Office of Industrial Relations,  Tender,  2020,  $32,257.
  • Classification according to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) of respirable coal dust, non-asbestiform fibres and elongated mineral particles associated with the asbestiform minerals and welding fume.,  Safe Work Australia,  Safe Work Australia - Tender,  2018 - 2020,  $203,106.
  • A collaborative national and international interdisciplinary research agenda to investigate the development, application and governance of pesticides.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2017 Round 1,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.
  • Determining factors that lead to backyard mosquito breeding across the Perth Metropolitan Region,  Department of Health WA,  Funding Initiative for Mosquito Management in Western Australia,  2015 - 2016,  $40,632.
  • 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 - 2015,  $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,  2014 - 2015,  $181,296.
  • Finding 30 in 9 to 5 (9305),  HBF Health Limited,  Grant,  2012 - 2014,  $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 - 2013,  $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 - 2012,  $158,456.
  • Field validation of a laboratory developed heat stress intervention in the Australian liquid natural gas sector,  Department of State Development WA,  Grant - Australia- China Natural Gas Technology Partnership Fund,  2011,  $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)

Journal Articles

  • Nunfam, V., Adusei-Asante, K., Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., (2020), Barriers to occupational heat stress risk adaptation of mining workers in Ghana. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, 64(7), 1085–1101, DOI:
  • Kent, J., Oosthuizen, J., Wilkinson, C., (2020), Non-conventional haemorrhoid symptoms reported by female patients. Pelviperineology, 39(2), 50-54, DOI: 10.34057/PPj.2020.39.02.004.
  • Mate, J., Siegel, R., Oosthuizen, J., Watson, G., (2019), Effects of ad libitum liquid and ice slurry ingestion on core temperature during physical activity in warm and humid conditions. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 34(3), 11p..
  • Oliver, K., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Barnard, M., (2019), Nurses' perception of work-related stress: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 35(1), 91-111.
  • Carman, R., Andrew, L., Devine, A., Oosthuizen, J., (2019), Barriers to vaccination service delivery within general practice: opportunity to make a sustainable difference in Aboriginal child health?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 43(6), 563-569, DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12937.
  • Nunfam, V., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Adusei-Asante, K., Frimpong, K., (2019), Climate change and occupational heat stress risks and adaptation strategies of mining workers: Perspectives of supervisors and other stakeholders in Ghana. Environmental Research, 169(February 2019), 147-155, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.11.004.
  • Nunfam, V., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Adams, S., Frimpong, K., (2019), The nexus between social impacts and adaptation strategies of workers to occupational heat stress: a conceptual framework. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, 63(12), 1693-1706, Nunfam, V. F., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E. J., Oosthuizen, J., International journal of , DOI: 10.1007/s00484-019-01775-1.
  • Nunfam, V., Oosthuizen, J., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E., Frimpong, K., (2019), Perceptions of climate change and occupational heat stress risks and adaptation strategies of mining workers in Ghana. Science of the Total Environment, 657(March 2019), 365-378, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.480.
  • Edwards, J., Oosthuizen, J., Reed, S., Newell, P., (2019), Public health implications of metals concentrations from prescribed burns: A study adjacent to the Perth metropolitan area. GSTF International Journal of Nursing and Health Care (JNHC), 4(1), 1-11, DOI: 10.5176/2345-7198_4.1.118.
  • Ngwenya, B., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Frimpong, K., (2018), Emerging heat-related climate change influences; a public health challenge to health care practitioners and policy makers: Insight from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 27(March 2018), 596-601, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.10.012.
  • Nunfam, V., Adusei-Asante, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Frimpong, K., (2018), Social impacts of occupational heat stress and adaptation strategies of workers: a narrative synthesis of the literature. Science of the Total Environment, 643(1 December 2018), 1542-1552, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.255.
  • Dunn, L., Nicholson, R., Ross, K., Bricknell, L., Davies, B., Hannelly, T., Lampard, J., Murray, Z., Oosthuizen, J., Roiko, A., Wood, J., (2018), Work-integrated learning and professional accreditation policies: An environmental health higher education perspective. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, 19(2), 111-127.
  • Bandy, F., Oosthuizen, J., (2018), Heat Acclimatisation: The impact of fly in fly out (FIFO) rosters on heat acclimatisation of Australian open cut miners. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 34(1), 77-84, Australia, CCH.
  • Ngwenya, B., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Frimpong, K., Nombulelo Chaibva, C., (2018), A Review of Heat Stress Policies in the Context of Climate Change and Its Impacts on Outdoor Workers: Evidence From Zimbabwe. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 9(1), 11 pages, United States, IGI Global, DOI: 10.4018/IJSESD.2018010101.
  • Ngwenya, B., Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., Frimpong, K., (2018), Heat Stress and Adaptation Strategies of Outdoors Workers in the City of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health Care, 5(1), Article no.100034, United States, Herald Scholarly Open Access, DOI: 10.24966/CMPH-1978/100034.
  • Neville, P., Clark, K., Oosthuizen, J., Beatty, S., Fatouros, M., Mainali, S., Lamichhane, RS., (2018), Mosquito management: Views of accountability and their variance across neighbourhoods in Perth, Western Australia. Annals of Public Health and Research, 5(3), 1080-1089, United States, JSciMed Central.
  • Oosthuizen, J., Cross, M., (2018), Establishing Cause, What Does That Mean From an Epidemiological and Legal Perspective?. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 35(2018), 426-429, Australia, Lawbook Co.
  • Davidson, M., Reed, S., Oosthuizen, J., O'Donnell, G., Gaur, P., Cross, M., Dennis, G., (2018), Occupational health and safety in cannabis production: an Australian perspective. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 24(3-4), 75-85, United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10773525.2018.1517234.
  • Mate, J., Passalacqua, D., Thomas, T., Oosthuizen, J., (2017), A pilot study - measurable changes in hearing threshold while hyperthermic. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 33(3), article no.241, Australia, CCH Australia Ltd.
  • Lamichhane, RS., Neville, P., Oosthuizen, J., Clark, K., Mainali, S., Fatouros, M., Beatty, S., (2017), The highs and lows of making a bucket list - quantifying potential mosquito breeding habitats in metropolitan backyards. Frontiers in Public Health, 5(Nov 2017), Article number 292, United States, Frontiers Media, DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00292.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Nunfam, V., (2017), Heat exposure on farmers in Northeast Ghana. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, 61(3), 397-406, Springer New York LLC, DOI: 10.1007/s00484-016-1219-7.
  • Mainali, S., Lamichhane, RS., Clark, K., Beatty, S., Fatouros, M., Neville, P., Oosthuizen, J., (2017), “Looking over the Backyard Fence”: Householders and Mosquito Control. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(3), Article number 246, MDPI, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14030246.
  • Dozet, T., Oosthuizen, J., (2017), Validation of the Lascar sensor as a tool to assess heat stress while wearing chemical suits. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 33(2), 1-10, Sydney, Australia, CCH Australia Limited.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., (2016), Barriers of adaptation to heat stress in Northeast Ghana. The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, 8(2), 53-65, Common Ground Publishing.
  • Staples, K., Oosthuizen, J., Lund, M., (2016), Effectiveness of S-Methoprene Briquets and Application Method for Mosquito Control in Urban Road Gullies/Catch Basins/Gully Pots in a Mediterranean Climate: Implications for Ross River Virus Transmission. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 32(3), 203-209, United States of America, American Mosquito Control Association, DOI: 10.2987/16-6563.1.
  • Mate, J., Siegel, R., Oosthuizen, J., Laursen, P., (2016), Effect of Liquid versus Ice Slurry Ingestion on Core Temperature during Simulated Mining Conditions. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 6(1), 21-30, USA, Scientific Research Publishing Inc., DOI: 10.4236/ojpm.2016.61002.
  • Frimpong, K., Van Etten, E., Oosthuizen, J., Fannam, VN., (2015), Review of climate change adaptation and social protection policies of Ghana: The extent of reducing impacts of climate change and heat stress vulnerability of smallholder farmers. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 6(4), 1-14, Hershey, USA, IGI global, DOI: 10.4018/IJSESD.2015100101.
  • Parker, I., Oosthuizen, J., Costello, L., (2015), Do facial characteristics influence acceptance of health and safety messages?. International Journal of Health Sciences, 3(1), 77-91, USA, American Research Institute for Policy Development, DOI: 10.15640/ijhs.v3n1a5.
  • Trompf, P., Oosthuizen, J., (2015), Crystalline silica exposure of workers using autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) products. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 31(1), 499-512.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Marcsta and the effectiveness of a generic occupational health & safety induction course when used across an industry.
  • Master of Public Health,  Developing best practice protocols for occupational hygiene monitoring.
  • Master of Public Health,  The impact of immunisation service delivery in general practice on Aboriginal children living in the Perth metropolitan area: An opportunity to reduce the gap?
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Does facial physiognomy in the context of an occupational safety and health message predict outcomes?
  • Master of Public Health,  Homebirth in WA: Why women make this choice.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An evaluation of exposures to respirable particulates, environmental pm2.5, pahs and metal compounds in Western australia.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Occupational respiratory health surveillance at minara resources, murrin murrin mine site.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Investigating the value of workplace-endorsed social media for improving deskbound employee physical activity program engagement and reducing sedentary behaviour health risks
  • 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 Philosophy,  Partnerships, portals and power: Implications for women's health.
  • Master of Public Health,  Comparative assessment of the effectiveness of online vs paper based courses for occupational and environmental safety and health.
  • Master of Public Health,  How healthy are hairdressers? A prevalence study investigating health problems of female Western Australian hairdressers.
  • Master of Public Health,  Evaluation of a mosquito control intervention and recommendations for development of best practice protocols by the shire of kalamunda
  • 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,  Causes and effects of physical injuries to prison officers employed in environments of high risk and high need offender management in Western Australia
  • Master of Public Health,  Mindfulness at work: Assessing the impact of practising mindfulness in the workplace on engagement, wellbeing, happiness and positivity
  • Master of Public Health,  Antibiotic resistance in gram negative bacteria isolated from fish sold in Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The effect of prenatal zinc supplementation on malaria morbidity, pregnancy anaemia and birth weight.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An assessment of nurses' experiences of work related stress through self-reporting and hair cortisol analysis, in a typical metropolitan hospital setting in Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Heat exposure and adaptation strategies of outddoor informal sector workers in urban bulawayo - zimbabwe

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Public Health,  An exploration of the critical success factors associated with implementing a public health plan in local governments within Western Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Public health implications of metal ash concentrations from prescribed burns: A study of open jarrah forests along the darling escarpment adjacent to the Perth metropolitan area

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An appraisal of experiences of climate change and adaptive response to heat stress by farmers in rural Ghana
  • Master of Public Health,  Accident rates relative to age in austraian mining and heavy industry.
  • 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,  Utilization of health and medical service: Factors influencing health care seeking behaviour and unmet health needs in rural areas of Kenya
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Social impact of climate change and occupational heat stress and adaptation strategies of mining workers in Ghana
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The effectiveness of back belts as a control measure for occupational low back pain in a retail hardware chain
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