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.
Schools Study Research Reports
June 2017 – Analysis of the key quantitative outcome variables from the first year of Schools Study data collection
June 2017 – Research Summary – Summary of key year 1 findings
September 2018 – Research Summary – Impacts of the Hazelwood mine fire on students and staff from a specialist school which relocated during the smoke event
March 2019 – Research Summary – The ongoing experiences of students following the Hazelwood mine fire
March 2019 – Research Report – Schools Study: Report of Round 2 Qualitative Findings
Berger, E., Carroll, M., Maybery, D., & Harrison, D. (2018). The impact of a disaster on students and staff from a specialist, trauma-informed school in Australia. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/agdb5
Berger, E., Carroll, M., & Maybery, D. (2018). Children’s perspectives on the impact of the Hazelwood mine fire and subsequent smoke event. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/8mhxf
29 June 2017 – Key findings on the psychological impacts of the mine fire on students released
10 September 2018 – Hazelwood Health Study completes an investigation of the impacts of the Hazelwood mine fire on a specialist school which relocated during the smoke event
19 March 2019 – While most students have ‘moved on’, some are reporting ongoing issues associated with the Hazelwood mine fire
The Schools Study in local news:
The Schools Study released key findings from the first round of the study that looked at the psychological wellbeing and educational outcomes for students in 20 schools across the Latrobe Valley. This story featured on WIN News Gippsland on Thursday, 29 June 2017
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