Study Aims

The study is about identifying potential health outcomes for people who may have been exposed to smoke from the mine fire. These might include heart and lung disease, cancer, and mental health problems. It will also look at the effects on vulnerable groups such as infants and children, young people, and older people.

The aims of the study were developed as a result of the community consultations which were held in Morwell in May 2014. The general aims are:

  1. Is there evidence that people who were heavily exposed to smoke from the Hazelwood fire are more likely to have developed heart and lung conditions or to develop them in the future, when compared with another similar community with less exposure to the mine fire?
  2. Is there evidence of any impact of smoke exposure during pregnancy or infancy on the health and development of children in the Latrobe Valley compared to otherwise similar infants and children with less exposure to the mine fire?
  3. Is there evidence that people who were heavily exposed to smoke from the fire have a higher level of psychological distress than otherwise similar people with less exposure to the mine fire and is this associated with particular vulnerable groups?
  4. Is there evidence that people who were heavily exposed to smoke from the fire are more likely to develop cancers over a long period of time than otherwise similar people with less exposure to the mine fire?

The full list of research questions are available here.