The Latrobe ELF Study

Active recruitment for the Early Life Follow-up (ELF) stream of the Hazelwood Health Study finished in November 2016, although we are still happy to accept enrolments for eligible siblings at the family’s request.  We are pleased to report that we have met our target of enrolling 500 children into the study and hope that a high percentage of these will continue with us on the study’s journey over the next few years!

Latest News                                                        

19 June 2017 – Study participation as simple as monthly survey
8 June 2017 – Latrobe Valley children helping the next generation
2 May 2017 – ELF Study clinical assessments underway

Background to the ELF Study                                                        

What is the study about?

The Latrobe ELF Study is part of the Hazelwood Health Study is the first study of its kind to follow the wellbeing of children following a severe smoke episode. The 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.

In particular the study will look at the impact of smoke exposure on birth outcomes such as birthweight and maturity, the occurrence of minor common illnesses such as sore ears and common colds, as well as early lung, heart and blood vessel function and development. Information gathered from the study will assist communities and governments to respond to similar events from bushfires or other fires in the future.

Participation in the study will involve completion of a questionnaire, a monthly tick-box record of whether your child was unwell, providing a small dust and soil sample from your home and your child participating in simple lung, heart and blood vessel checks (from 2017).

Interested in joining the study or want to find out more?

We would love to hear from you! You can get in touch with us to find out more about the study by calling the Latrobe ELF study support line on 1800 322 102 or emailing us at latrobe.elf@utas.edu.au.

More information is provided in the Latrobe ELF study information sheet and consent form.