Medical geology short course

25 November 2003


River pollution - toxic waste image from Hemera Big Box of Art A Short Course on Medical Geology: Health and the Environment will be held at Geoscience Australia in Canberra from 1-4 December 2003.

Medical Geology is an emerging discipline that examines links between geological materials and processes, and the incidence and spatial/temporal distributions of human (and other animal) diseases. A large body of evidence points to significant health effects resulting from our interactions with the natural world since the beginnings of human civilization, around 10,000 years ago. While the connections between the physical environment and human disease have long been recognized, momentum has been building in recent years to solidify and formalize the study of such interactions.

If you have an interest in the effect of toxic metal ion species on environmental and human health, this Short Course is for you. Geologists, ecologists, chemists, biologists, occupational and environmental scientists, medical professionals, toxicologists, epidemiologists, pathologists and any other public health, environmental and geo-sciences professional will find it interesting.

The course is jointly sponsored by: US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; US Geological Survey; International Union of Geological Sciences; Commission on Geological Sciences for Environmental Planning; International Working Group on Medical Geology; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; University of Canberra; CRC for Landscape Environments and Mineral Exploration; and Geoscience Australia.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013