07 Jul About Me
“My aim is to empower families to make informed choices about the products they buy, and to create healthier environments for our children”.
Nicole Bijlsma is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. Nicole is an accomplished naturopath, acupuncturist, IICRC accredited mould remediation technician and building biologist who began clinical practice in 1989. Nicole is the author of the best seller Healthy Home, Healthy Family, was a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently consulted by the media to comment on health hazards in the built environment: The 7PM Project, Sunrise, The Today Show, The Circle, Channel 7 News, Today Tonight and Channel 74. Apart from her extensive experience lecturing at tertiary institutions for over twenty years, and as an invited speaker at various medical conferences both in Australia and abroad, she has also conducted numerous radio interviews, podcasts and webinars about her work. Nicole single handedly established the building biology industry in Australia and is the founder and CEO of the Australian College of Environmental Studies (RTO #21740) established in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. The college provides nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui.
Nicole’s PhD research “Can an exposure history tool predict disease outcomes?
Nicole’s is undertaking a PhD in environmental chemical assessment at RMIT under the guidance of Professor Marc Cohen. Nicole published her literature review Environmental chemical assessment in clinical practice which highlighted the inadequacies of chemical risk management, the impact of chemicals on human health and the need for clinicians to conduct toxic load assessments in their patients. She was subsequently invited to present her findings at medical conferences in Australia and Thailand. The next stage of her research involved interviewing the top expert clinicians in environmental medicine in Australia and New Zealand to determine; How do experts in environmental medicine assess toxic load in their patients? The outcome of these findings revealed the difficulties clinicians faced practicing environmental medicine, the lack of resources available and the importance of an exposure history tool to assess load. Nicole is currently reviewing exposure history’s in the published research, reviewing the questionnaires provided by the clinicians during the interview, and developing an environmental exposure survey tool that clinicians and citizens globally can use to predict disease outcomes. Why is this research important? because chemicals in everyday life are affiliated with almost every chronic disease and because most clinicians have not been trained in environmental medicine and don’t have an awareness of the impact of chemicals on disease outcomes. Finally, this research will also help to map exposures with disease clusters and may enable us to assess, monitor and mitigate the effects of the industrial toxicants in our air, our water, our soil and bodies.