Adult Survey

The Adult Survey closed at the end of January 2017. Over 4,000 people completed the survey and we want to thank them all. We are now reviewing the survey information we collected and will be inviting some participants to take part in follow up assessments of their health and wellbeing.

Background to the Adult Survey – 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. The Adult Survey also took place in a comparison community (Sale) who were minimally or not exposed to the smoke during the fire event. All of Morwell and selected areas of Sale were targeted (click here to see map – PDF 5MB).

A copy of the information sheet for the Adult Survey is available here and responses to frequently asked questions are provided here. The video below provides an overview of the Adult Survey by the Principal Investigator, Professor Michael Abramson. The video was shot in 2016 and details the work leading up to the roll out of the Adult Survey. As noted above, the survey is now complete and we will provide a new video summary shortly.


The Hazelwood Health Study protects the privacy of participants in the Adult Survey in a number of ways. More information on how we ensure the privacy of participants is available here.

The main aims of the Adult Survey are to determine:

  • Levels of exposure to the smoke during the mine fire
  • The health of the population at the time of the mine fire
  • Individual risk and lifestyle factors for health conditions
  • Health factors of the population by linking data to existing records (e.g. hospital and ambulance data)

In accordance with section 34 of the Electoral Act 2002, the Victorian Electoral Commission has agreed to provide Monash University with an extract from the 2014 Victorian Election electoral roll including the names and addresses of people aged 18 years and over who resided in Morwell and Sale. An extract of the current Register of Electors has also been provided for the same electors including current address, whether the elector is still active on the roll and whether the elector is deceased. This information has been provided for the purpose of recruiting participants for the Adult Survey Stream of the Hazelwood Health Study which will investigate the health effects of the Hazelwood Mine Fire.