Study on pollution
Professor Alistair Woodward is working on research that will provide the best estimate yet of the effect of air pollution on mortality.
“What we were able to do was connect people’s census replies to their risk of dying over the next five years,” he says.
“We are finding out whether there is a difference among people in parts of the country with different levels of outdoor air pollution.”
The research estimates what exposure to particles is likely in areas of New Zealand and matches that to mortality rates.
“We are able to take account of all the things that are important in terms of shaping people’s health – income, education, family size, age, gender and other variables,” he says.
The research should be completed this year.