Adjunct Professor Jane Heyworth

Started at UWA: 2000

Environmental epidemiologist


Professor Jane Heyworth is an environmental epidemiologist with more than 30 years of experience in environmental health research, policy and practice. Her specific research interests centre on the impacts of the environment, in particular air, noise and water quality, on health. Professor Heyworth collaborates with researchers across Australia and in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, Canada, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

Some of her studies have included looking at health effects of long-term exposure to air pollution; effects of heat and noise in the workplace; particulate and metal exposure in children; maternal exposure to persistent toxic substances; environmental and occupational risk factors for breast cancer and colorectal cancer; and the health effects of rainwater consumption.

Professor Heyworth has won nine excellence in teaching awards in the categories of individual teaching, honours supervision and student support.

She received a citation for her Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning at the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching, and was honoured for encouraging, inspiring and enabling students to become well-rounded practitioners through application-based learning and supporting students in their journey from enrolment to graduation.

Today, Professor Heyworth teaches epidemiology within undergraduate and postgraduate public health programs in the School of Population and Global Health, as well as running the public health field trips to Southern India and Nepal.


BAppSci – WA Institute of Technology

Grad Dip Health Sciences – WA Institute of Technology

MPH – Adelaide University

PhD – Flinders University

I’m passionate about understanding how our environment impacts our health and how we can promote environments that enable good health and prevent disease.Professor Jane Heyworth

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2017 - Jan Watt Memorial Prize for Excellence in Public Health Field Research, UWA

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2014 - National award from the Office for Learning and Teaching Award for a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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30 years of experience in environmental health research, policy and practice



National Health and Medical Research Council - Centres of Research Excellence

  • Energy transitions, air pollution and health in Australia
  • Professor Guy Marks, Professor Bin Jalaludin, Professor Michael Abramson, Professor Lidia Morawska, Professor Shyamali Dharmage, Dr Fay Johnston, Associate Professor Geoffrey Morgan, Professor Jane Heyworth, Associate Professor Graeme Zosky, Dr Yuming Guo


National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Air pollution and mortality and morbidity in adult Australians (APMMA Study): a large population based cohort study
  • Marks G, Jalaludin B, Morgan G, Cowie, C, Guo Y, Cope M, Knibbs L, Morawska L, Heyworth J, Hinwood A.


National Environmental Science Programme

  • Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub;
  • Rayner et al.


Australian Research Council

  • Occupational injury prevention in high temperature environments.
  • Pisaniello D, Beng P, Barnett A, Sim M, Heyworth JS, Hanson-Easey S.


National Health and Medical Research Council

  • Work-related hearing loss in Australia
  • Fritschi L, Williams W, Heyworth J, Fuente A, Li I

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Contact Professor Jane Heyworth

Professor Jane Heyworth is available as a PhD, master’s and honours supervisor in topics related to environmental health and epidemiology.