The Schools Study is part of the Psychological Impacts research stream and is working closely with 20 local schools, comparing Morwell schools which were most impacted by the smoke event with other schools across Latrobe City. The first round of data collection took place in 2015-2016 and involved children in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 completing a brief survey, along with their parents and teachers, with some children asked to participate in interviews. In addition to looking at psychological impacts, the Schools Study is examining educational and wellbeing outcomes, making use of existing data such as NAPLAN results, school attendance etc.
A brief fact sheet outlining some of the findings from this first round is available here. The team is in the process of analysing all the data. Findings will be released here as soon as they are available.
The second round of data collection will be taking place in Term 3 this year where we will be asking the same group of students now in years 5, 7 and 9 to do a follow up survey to look at changes over the last two years as well as seeking to re-interview the same group of students we interviewed in the first round. In addition, we will be approaching current year 3 students in the participating schools to ask them to participate in the study.
The Schools Study has been in the local news.
Schools Study The long term Hazelwood Health Study has begun researching the mine fire’s impact on young people. Almost every school in the Latrobe Valley will be approached to take part in the study, which will form a crucial part of the overall research. This story was posted on Facebook by WIN News Gippsland on Tuesday, 1 September 2015