Principal Advisor: Associate Professor Nick Osborne


Phone: 0431 854 846

Organisational unit: School of Public Health

Land use around us is changing via climate change, urbanisation and reduction in wild spaces. These changes have been occurring over the last few decades and are potentially influencing disease patterns in our communities. The types of disease we will expect to see in our populations in the future will vary according to the physical landscape that these populations inhabit. This will be true for both chronic and infectious diseases. For chronic disease exposure to greenspace and coast appears to have positive effects in reduction of prevalence of chronic diseases linked to inflammatory pathways, especially in those in lower status socioeconomic groups. At the same time increased interaction between humans and wild spaces may increase the risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks (via interaction with mammals such as bats).