As part of UQ's ongoing and successful environmental health partnership with Queensland Health, QAEHS is committed to establishing and maintaining multidisciplinary research expertise across a range of environmental health sciences. These include environmental aspects of toxicology, human health epidemiology, microbiology, health risk assessment, health risk communication, identification and analysis of emerging environmental health risks, and state-of-the art monitoring and analytical techniques, methodologies and technologies for environmental hazards and exposures.
QAEHS is a research centre housed within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and it incorporates and replaces the former National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (Entox). Other research groups and units from across UQ that are formally involved in the Alliance include: the Advanced Water Management Centre within the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology; the School of Public Health within the Faculty of Medicine; and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and the School of Communication and Arts within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
QAEHS is working closely with Queensland Health in developing its research directions, and in providing expert opinion, advice and training to Queensland Health staff. QAEHS staff are pursuing research excellence through competitively-funded research and government or private consultancies. Supervision of research students and some coursework teaching are other core components of QAEHS’ activities.
The University of Queensland plans to bring world-class research and expertise to the Alliance. The University currently stands as the only Queensland university in the QS Top 100 for biological science, earth and marine sciences, pharmacy/pharmacology and medicine. UQ is the pre-eminent Australian university in environmental sciences, ranked 11th in the 2015 QS world rankings.