AirRater Publications

Campbell SL, Jones PJ, Williamson GJ, Wheeler AJ, Lucani C, Bowman DMJS and Johnston FH. “Using Digital Technology to Protect Health in Prolonged Poor Air Quality Episodes: A Case Study of the AirRater App during the Australian 2019–20 Fires” Fire 3 (3), 40 (2020) doi: 10.3390/fire3030040  ISSN 2571-6255

Jones PJ, Koolhof IS, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Lucani C, Campbell SL, Bowman DMJS and Johnston FH. “Can smartphone data identify the local environmental drivers of respiratory disease?” Environmental Research182 Article 109118 (2020) doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109118  ISSN 0013-9351

Williamson GJ and Lucani C. “AQVx – an interactive visual display system for air pollution and public health.” Frontiers in Public Health, 8 Article 85 (2020) doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00085 ISSN 2296-2565

Johnston FH, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Campbell SL, Jones PJ, Koolhof IS, Lucani C, Cooling NB and Bowman DMJS. “Using smartphone technology to reduce health impacts from atmospheric environmental hazards.” Environmental Research Letters13 (4) pp. 1-11 (2018) doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab1e6  ISSN 1748-9326

Johnston FH, Wheeler AJ, Williamson GJ, Jones PJ and Koolhof IS. “AirRater Tasmania: Using Smartphone Technology to Understand Local Environmental Drivers of Symptoms in People with Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 141. AB84 (2018) doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.12.272 ISSN 0091-6749


AirRater reports

  • Tasmania User Evaluation Survey Report – February 2020. Report prepared for Public Health Services, Department of Health, Tasmania
  • Northern Territory User Evaluation Survey Report – February 2020. Report prepared for the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority
  • Port Macquarie User Evaluation Survey Report – February 2020. Report prepared for the Mid North Coast Health District.


Other related publications from our team


Marfori MT, Campbell SL, Garvey K, McKeown S, Veitch M, Wheeler AJ, Borchers-Arriagada N and Johnston FH. “Public health messaging during extreme smoke events: are we hitting the mark?” Frontiers in Public Health (2020) doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00465 ISSN 2296-2565

Borchers-Arriagada N, Palmer AJ, Bowman DMJS, Williamson GJ and Johnston FH. “Health impacts of ambient biomass smoke in Tasmania, Australia.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (9) Article 3264 (2020) doi: 10.3390/ijerph17093264 ISSN 1661-7827

Borchers-Arriagada N, Palmer AJ, Bowman DMJS, Morgan GG, Jalaudin BB and Johnston FH. “Unprecedented smoke‐related health burden associated with the 2019–20 bushfires in eastern Australia.” The Medical Journal of Australia (2020) doi: 10.5694/mja2.50545 ISSN 1326-5377

Borchers-Arriagada N, Palmer AJ, Bowman DMJS and Johnston, FH. “Exceedances of national air quality standards for particulate matter in Western Australia: sources and health-related impacts.” Medical Journal of Australia (2020) doi: 10.5694/mja2.50547 ISSN 1326-5377

Vardoulakis S, Jalaludin BB, Morgan GG, Hanigan IC and Johnston FH. “Bushfire smoke: urgent need for a national health protection strategy.” The Medical Journal of Australia (2020) doi: 10.5694/mja2.50511 ISSN 1326-5377

Borchers-Arriagada N, Horsley JA*, Palmer AJ, Morgan GG*, Tham, R* and Johnston FH. “Association between fire smoke fine particulate matter and asthma-related outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis.” Environmental Research179 Article 108777 (2019) doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2019.108777 ISSN 0013-9351

Reisen F, Powell J, Dennekamp M, Johnston FH and Wheeler, AJ. “Is remaining indoors an effective way of reducing exposure to PM 2.5 during biomass burning events?Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 69 (2019) doi: 10.1080/10962247.2019.1567623 ISSN: 2162-2906

Johnston FH, Salimi F, Williamson GJ, Henderson S, Yao JA, Dennekamp M, Smith K, Abramson M and Morgan G. “Ambient Particulate Matter and Paramedic Assessments of Acute Diabetic, Cardiovascular, and Respiratory Conditions.” Epidemiology, 1 (2018) doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000929 ISSN: 1531-5487

Williamson GJ, Bowman DMJS, Price O, Henderson S and Johnston FH. “A transdisciplinary approach to understanding the health effects of wildfire and prescribed fire smoke regimes.” Environmental Research Letters, 11 (2016) doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/12/125009 ISSN 1748-9326

Johnston FH, Borchers-Arriagada N, Morgan GG, Jalaludin BB, Palmer AJ, Williamson GJ and Bowman DMJS. “Unprecedented health costs of smoke-related PM2.5 from the 2019–20 Australian megafires.” Nature Sustainability (2020) [doi: 10.1038/s41893-020-00610-5|]ISSN 2398-9629



Campbell SL, Fox-Hughes PD*, Jones PJ, Remenyi TA, Chappell K, White CJ and Johnston FH. “Evaluating the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma: lessons from Australia.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health16 (5) Article 837 (2019) doi:10.3390/ijerph16050837 ISSN 1661-7827

Milic A*, Addison-Smith B*, Jones PJ, Beggs PJ*, Erbas B*, and Davies JM*. “Quality control of pollen identification and quantification exercise for the AusPollen Aerobiology Collaboration Network: a pilot study.” Aerobiologia, April 2019 pp. 1-5 (2019) doi:10.1007/s10453-019-09580-4 ISSN 0393-5965

Bowman DMJS and Jones PJ. “RE: Australian state forecasts deadly thunderstorm asthma.” Science359 (6374) p. 380 (2018) doi:10.1126/science.359.6374.380 ISSN 0036-8075



Campbell SL, Remenyi TA, Williamson GJ, White CJ and Johnston FH. “The value of local heatwave impact assessment: a case-crossover analysis of hospital emergency department presentations in Tasmania, Australia.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health16 (19) Article 3715 (2019) doi:10.3390/ijerph16193715 ISSN 1661-7827

Campbell SL, Remenyi TA, White CJ and Johnston FH. “Heatwave and health impact research: A global review.” Health & Place, 53, September 2018, pp. 210 – 218 (2018) doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.08.017 ISSN 1353-8292