Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Dr Rachel Tham

Dr Rachel Tham
BDS MPH MHSc PhD

Research Fellow
Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program


Rachel Tham is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU. Her research focuses on the associations between ambient air pollution and noise and cognitive health of older adults. Rachel completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2017 – her research focused on the combined role of outdoor fungal spores, air pollution and human rhinovirus on asthma hospitalisations and lung function. She has a broad background in public health encompassing clinical education and examining of dental and oral heath therapy students at La Trobe University, teaching Evidence Based Clinical Practice and Environmental Medicine to medical students at Monash University, and research in oral health and rural health.

Rachel has published 25 peer-reviewed journal articles (10 of which she is first-author) and 1 book chapter in an Australian university undergraduate textbook. She was awarded a NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake her PhD (2013-2016). Rachel is an Affiliate of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Air pollution, energy transitions and health Research (CAR) and is a member of the Education Committee of the Australian Chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association.