Category Archives: Get involved

Call for Expressions of Interest – Community Advisory Committee

The Hazelwood Health Study has an active Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to ensure the study hears directly from and works in partnership with local residents and stakeholders in the Latrobe Valley and in Sale.

The meetings take place on a regular basis at the Monash University campus at Latrobe Regional Hospital. Committee membership includes up to six community members from the Latrobe Valley and up to four community members from Sale (the community chosen as the comparison group for the adult health assessments). These positions are non-representative and voluntary. In addition, the Committee includes organisational representatives from health and community service providers, local government and Federation University.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from Latrobe Valley and Sale residents with an interest in the long-term health outcomes from the mine fire and the future wellbeing of the community.

We are keen to involve people from diverse backgrounds in the discussion, including people from different age groups, cultural backgrounds and those with and without prior experience in similar committees. The selection of the community members will be at the discretion of a selection committee to ensure a broad range of inputs into the committee including age and gender balance.

This call for expressions of interest will close on Friday 1 February 2019.

To download the application form, please click here.

For more information about the study, the committee, and the call for expressions of interest, please visit or call Melissa Peppin on 5122 7102.

Engage with the Hazelwood Health Study – 22 August 2018

The Hazelwood Health Study is inviting Latrobe Valley and Sale residents to participate in an upcoming community engagement session.

The engagement evening will be held at the Morwell RSL, 52 Elgin Street Morwell VIC 3840, on 22 August 2018, commencing at 6.30pm.

Community member and chair of the Community Advisory Committee, Carolyne Boothman, encourages locals to attend the session as it provides a vital opportunity for people to meet the researchers and discuss the process and findings to date.

“There are many different research streams to the study, with a lot of people involved in the different streams, so it is an ideal opportunity to find out what the study focuses on and what the findings are to date.”

This year, we will be joined by the Latrobe Health Advocate, Jane Anderson; the Executive Officer of the Latrobe Health Assembly, Ian Needham; Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management Victoria, Tony Murphy; and Manager of Environmental Public Health for the EPA Victoria, Bronwyn Green.

“It is really important that we all understand each other’s roles and responsibilities otherwise some people get quite confused” Professor Judi Walker, HHS Principal Co-Investigator (Gippsland) said. “The study is now producing results we can share with the community and these organisations so their involvement in our annual community engagement session this year is very valuable”, she said.

The Hazelwood Health Study is a long-term independent study led by Monash University in conjunction with its study partners – Federation University Australia, the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research, the University of Adelaide and the CSIRO.

The study is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the session, visit or

To submit your questions, visit 

2018 Community Engagement Session

The next Community Engagement Session will take place in Morwell on 22 August 2018. This will feature round table discussions between researchers, staff and the community.

During this session, we will be answering questions from the public, and we encourage everyone to submit a question. To have your questions considered, please fill in the form below, or email your questions to [email protected].

Please note, this is a free community event that is open to all. RSVPs are being collected for catering purposes and so that we can send reminders, but people are welcome to attend without registering first. To RSVP, please click here.

The Community Engagement Session will feature roundtables with key researchers focusing on:

  • Early Life Follow-up of Infants and Young Children
  • Psychological Impacts on Adults and School Children
  • Adult Impacts including Heart and Lung Health
  • Hazelinks analysis of Health Data, including Hospital and Ambulance data
  • Community Wellbeing and Older People

The event will be moderated by Gerard Callinan and the audience will have the opportunity to pose questions and discuss findings with study researchers.

Gerard has lived in Gippsland since 2000 when he began working with ABC Radio in Sale. During his time with the national broadcaster, he developed a reputation as a journalist who held those in power to account, while covering the local issues of the region including fires and floods.

We will also be joined by:

  • Jane Anderson (Latrobe Health Advocate)
  • Ian Needham (Executive Officer, Latrobe Health Assembly)
  • Bronwyn Green (Manager of Environmental Public Health, EPA Victoria)
  • Tony Murphy (Deputy Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria)