Healthwise is one of the largest occupational health research programs ever conducted in Australia and the only one in Australia’s aluminium industry. Initiated by Alcoa of Australia in 1994 with researchers from Monash University and the University of Western Australia, it leads the way in occupational health research.
An international Scientific Advisory Board was established by Alcoa of Australia, Monash University and the University of Western Australia to oversee the project, to provide advice to the researchers and Alcoa, and to receive and examine the results. The Board includes a number of internationally renowned independent experts in the field of epidemiology from universities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA; representatives of the ACTU and representatives of Alcoa.
The Alcoa locations which take part in the studies include the smelters at Portland and Point Henry (Geelong) in Victoria; the Alcoa Australia Rolled Products rolling mill at Point Henry (Geelong), Victoria; the Anglesea power station in Victoria; Alcoa’s three refineries at Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup in Western Australia; the Bunbury shipping terminal and the bauxite mines at Jarrahdale (now closed), Huntly and Willowdale in Western Australia.

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