Kayla Smurthwaite

Bachelors of Medical Science
PhD Candidate


Kayla Smurthwaite is undertaking her PhD in environmental epidemiology at NCEPH on the PFAS Health Study, which aims to explore exposure to and the health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Australian communities. The study is specifically looking into the effects of environmental PFAS contamination in Williamtown (NSW), Oakey (Qld), and Katherine (NT). Prior to starting her PhD, Kayla completed a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours in population health. 



Research interests

  • Environmental epidemiology

  • Mixed methods research

  • Research to policy




Smurthwaite, K & Bagheri, N 2017, 'Using geographical convergence of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes at the neighborhood level to inform policy and practice', Preventing chronic disease [electronic resource]., vol. 14, no. 10, pp. -.

Chung, Younjin, et al. "Role of visual analytics in supporting mental healthcare systems research and policy: A systematic scoping review." International Journal of Information Management 50 (2020): 17-27.

Kirk, M, et al. The PFAS Health Study: Systematic Literature Review. Canberra: The Australian National University. 2018. Available at: pfas.anu.edu.au.

Banwell, C, et al. The PFAS Health Study Component One: Oakey, Williamtown and Katherine Focus Groups Study. Canberra: The Australian National University. 2019. Available at: pfas.anu.edu.au.