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ELF CLINICAL ASSESSMENTS UNDERWAY!

Breathing and heart system checks are now underway at the Latrobe Community Health Service in Morwell. We have had a great response from parents of our young ELF participants and it has been great getting to meet many of you face-to-face! All participants who have agreed to take part in clinics have been sent a letter containing a unique log-in which can be used to make an appointment online. Melanie and Susan have also been busy on the phones making appointments.

If you haven’t already been contacted for a clinic booking you can call the Latrobe ELF Study support line on 1800 322 102, or email us at latrobe.elf@utas.edu.au.

All clinic attendees receive a $25 Coles voucher, and the kids are kept smiling with a cute cuddly toy and book to take home.  Here are a couple of our happy customers!

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Click here to read what is involved in the breathing check.
Click here to read what is involved in the heart system check.

Shaun Mallia to join the Hazelwood Health Study as Communications and Engagement Adviser

We are delighted to welcome Shaun Mallia to the Hazelwood Health Study (HHS) research team.

Shaun will be the study’s Communications and Engagement Adviser and takes up the appointment on Monday 1 May.

In Year 3, the HHS needs to increase engagement with the community and to re-profile the study to better align with the new environment in Latrobe City and the needs of the community. This new position will build on the work of the HHS Gippsland team, especially the work of the Adult Survey Recruitment Coordinator, and will work closely with appropriate people involved in the new Latrobe Health Assembly and the Health Innovation Zone. The position will have responsibility for both the study’s Community Advisory Committee and the Clinical Reference Group, and will be required to coordinate the study’s communications including media releases, the website and social media.

Shaun was the editor of the Latrobe Valley Express newspaper for three years where he oversaw the newspaper’s award winning coverage of the Hazelwood Mine Fire and subsequent Hazelwood Mine Fire inquiries. He has more than 10 years’ experience in media and communications having worked for publications including the Gippsland Farmer and the Moe and Narracan News. He has also completed some media consultancy work for Monash School of Rural Health.

Shaun has lived in Morwell his entire life, 34 years, and has participated in a number of community groups in the past decade. He is currently a member of the Latrobe Health Assembly and is a strong advocate of the region. When not advocating for the Latrobe Valley, Shaun can be found running the many Gippsland trails in preparation for his next marathon.

Shaun will be located on a temporary basis at School of Rural Health, Churchill (Federation Uni Gippsland campus) with Prof Judi Walker and Dr Matthew Carroll while office space is being sourced in Morwell.

Shaun Mallia to join the Hazelwood Health Study as Communications and Engagement Adviser

Study seeking local residents to join Community Advisory Committee

The Hazelwood Health Study team is calling on Latrobe Valley and Sale residents interested in the long-term health outcomes of the Hazelwood mine fire to apply for membership on its Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

More information on the CAC and the current call for expressions of interest to join the committee are available here.

Deadlines approaching for the Hazelwood Health Study Adult Survey Closes 31 January 2017

All eligible residents who are yet to complete the Adult Survey are urged to collect a paper survey and complete by the end of January 2017. Community Packs are available at various locations throughout Morwell and Sale to collect.

  • Neighborhood House
  • GP Clinics
  • Police Station
  • Latrobe City Office
  • Wellington Shire Office
  • Newspower Newsagent, Morwell
  • Latrobe Community Health Service
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • Central Gippsland Health Service

 

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Annual Community Briefing 29 November 2016

The HHS Annual Community Briefing was held at the Morwell Bowling Club 29 November 2016.

Members of the Community were invited to meet the study team, enjoy a supper while team members gave an overview and update on the study.

Study comes to Gippsland Centre Sale

Free cappuccino/tea and muffin while you complete the Adult Survey.

The study team will be near Muffin Break to assist eligible residents to complete the Adult Survey.

Thursday 10 November from 10am – 2pm

Wednesday 7 December from 10am – 2pm

Gippsland Centre Sale 37-39 Cunninghame St, Sale VIC 3850

The Adult Survey has commenced

The Adult Survey has commenced, with almost 1000 invitation packs delivered in recent weeks and a further 2000 to be delivered in early June. This has been the final Hazelwood Health Study stream to roll out, mainly because it is the largest and most complex part. Invitation packs with detailed information about participation will continue to be mailed to approximately 13,500 eligible residents in Morwell and Sale over the coming 5 months. Rather than approaching all eligible residents at once, Morwell and Sale have been divided in to smaller residential areas which will be approached one at a time.

Participation involves answering a one-off questionnaire about your health and wellbeing, where you were during the mine fire and the type of house you live in, and giving the researchers permission to access further health information from hospital, ambulance and cancer databases

To reimburse participants for their time, invited adults who complete the survey will receive a $20 ‘Latrobe City’ or ‘Shop in Sale’ gift voucher.

The success of the study depends on as many invited people as possible completing the Adult Survey whether older or younger, well or unwell and regardless of whether they believe they were impacted by the smoke event or not. The higher the participation rate, the better the outcome for the two communities, the Latrobe Valley and the wider region.

Results from the Adult Survey may identify any health impacts in adults exposed to the mine fire event and how widely these impacts were felt in the region. Central to this work will be the comparison between two local communities – Morwell which was most exposed to the smoke and Sale which was minimally exposed. The findings will then be generalised to the other communities in the Latrobe Valley and beyond which were impacted by the smoke event.

In addition to identifying any impacts from the smoke event, the study will provide new information about long-term or chronic health conditions of the local communities which will provide the evidence base for health policy and planning.

So keep an eye out for information about the study in your mailbox and get involved. The Hazelwood Health Study team will be at community events over the next 6 months to explain the Adult Survey as well as providing information in the local media and here on our website.

Further information about the Adult Survey is available here and a copy of the Information Sheet for eligible residents is can be downloaded by clicking here.

The ELF study has its first participants

The Latrobe Early Life Follow-up (ELF) study is well and truly underway with the first parents having completed their surveys online or over the phone.

The ELF study aims to explore whether the smoke of the Hazelwood mine fire of 2014 affected the health and development of babies and children in any way in the years following the fire.

The ELF team have been working in close partnership with the Maternal Child Health Unit at Latrobe City Council, with council sending out letters to all eligible families in the Latrobe Valley informing them about the study. This was followed up with the first batch of letters from the ELF team inviting parents to participate in the study, with more to be sent out in the coming weeks.

We are excited to see that the first parents have started to complete the survey and we look forward to more coming on board as the roll out continues.

More information about the ELF study is available here.

Adult Survey coming soon

The Adult Survey is a large survey of all adults on the Electoral Roll and who lived in Morwell at the time of the mine fire. This is the final Hazelwood Health Study stream to roll out, mainly because it is the largest and most complex part. Eligible residents will start receiving information about the survey from early May.

Participation involves answering a one-off questionnaire about your health and wellbeing, where you were during the mine fire and the type of house you live in, and giving the researchers permission to access further health information from hospital, ambulance and cancer databases.

Results from the Adult Survey may identify any health impacts in adults exposed to the mine fire event and how widely these impacts were felt in the region. Central to this work will be the comparison between two local communities – Morwell which was most exposed to the smoke and Sale which was minimally exposed. The findings will then be generalised to the other communities in the Latrobe Valley and beyond which were impacted by the smoke event.

Rather than approaching all eligible adults in both communities at once, we will divide Morwell and Sale into smaller areas which we will approach over a 6 month period.

To reimburse participants for their time, invited adults who complete the survey will receive a $20 ‘Latrobe City’ or ‘Shop in Sale’ gift voucher.

The success of the study depends on as many people as possible completing the Adult Survey whether older or younger, well or unwell. The higher the participation rate, the better the outcome for the two communities, the Latrobe Valley and the wider region. In addition to identifying any impacts from the smoke event, the study will provide new information about long-term or chronic health conditions of the local communities which will provide the evidence base for health policy and planning.

So keep an eye out for information about the study in your mailbox and get involved. The Hazelwood Health Study team will be at community events over the next 6 months to explain the Adult Survey as well as providing information in the local media and here on our website.

Further information about the Adult Survey is available here and a copy of the Information Sheet for eligible residents is can be downloaded by clicking here.