Recruitment into the Respiratory Stream started in October 2017 and closed in April 2018. The aim of the respiratory stream is to determine whether exposure to smoke from the Hazelwood coal mine fire is associated with:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Asthma control
- Decline in lung function
The information collected during the adult survey will be used to identify the ‘sub-cohort’ for the respiratory sub-study. The main comparison will be between those who were heavily exposed to smoke from the Hazelwood coal mine fire and those who were minimally exposed to smoke.
Lung function tests
In this video, respiratory scientist Annie Makar demonstrates the lung function measurement test, one of several in the assessment. Lung function assessments are underway at the Hazelwood Health Study clinic at the Latrobe Community Health Service in Morwell. The Sale component of the clinical assessments will begin in November.
10 August 2017 – Hazelwood Health Study begins adult lung assessments
3 October 2017 – Hazelwood Health Study lung function tests continue
30 January 2018 – Lung study will also guide future Sale health needs
27 February 2018 – Study moves to lung