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Research

Research

Nicole’s PhD research “Can a healthy home survey be used as a proxy to assess health hazards in the built environment in patients diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome?”

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, New Zealand, 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 developing a healthy home survey to determine if it can be used as a proxy to assess health hazards in the built environment. To validate the tool, various equipment will be used to quantify electromagnetic fields, biotoxins and chemicals in the home of patients diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome.