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Engage with the Hazelwood Health Study – 22 August 2018

The Hazelwood Health Study is inviting Latrobe Valley and Sale residents to participate in an upcoming community engagement session.

The engagement evening will be held at the Morwell RSL, 52 Elgin Street Morwell VIC 3840, on 22 August 2018, commencing at 6.30pm.

Community member and chair of the Community Advisory Committee, Carolyne Boothman, encourages locals to attend the session as it provides a vital opportunity for people to meet the researchers and discuss the process and findings to date.

“There are many different research streams to the study, with a lot of people involved in the different streams, so it is an ideal opportunity to find out what the study focuses on and what the findings are to date.”

This year, we will be joined by the Latrobe Health Advocate, Jane Anderson; the Executive Officer of the Latrobe Health Assembly, Ian Needham; Deputy Commissioner of Emergency Management Victoria, Tony Murphy; and Manager of Environmental Public Health for the EPA Victoria, Bronwyn Green.

“It is really important that we all understand each other’s roles and responsibilities otherwise some people get quite confused” Professor Judi Walker, HHS Principal Co-Investigator (Gippsland) said. “The study is now producing results we can share with the community and these organisations so their involvement in our annual community engagement session this year is very valuable”, she said.

The Hazelwood Health Study is a long-term independent study led by Monash University in conjunction with its study partners – Federation University Australia, the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research, the University of Adelaide and the CSIRO.

The study is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about the session, visit or

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2018 Community Engagement Session

The next Community Engagement Session will take place in Morwell on 22 August 2018. This will feature round table discussions between researchers, staff and the community.

During this session, we will be answering questions from the public, and we encourage everyone to submit a question. To have your questions considered, please fill in the form below, or email your questions to [email protected].

Please note, this is a free community event that is open to all. RSVPs are being collected for catering purposes and so that we can send reminders, but people are welcome to attend without registering first. To RSVP, please click here.

The Community Engagement Session will feature roundtables with key researchers focusing on:

  • Early Life Follow-up of Infants and Young Children
  • Psychological Impacts on Adults and School Children
  • Adult Impacts including Heart and Lung Health
  • Hazelinks analysis of Health Data, including Hospital and Ambulance data
  • Community Wellbeing and Older People

The event will be moderated by Gerard Callinan and the audience will have the opportunity to pose questions and discuss findings with study researchers.

Gerard has lived in Gippsland since 2000 when he began working with ABC Radio in Sale. During his time with the national broadcaster, he developed a reputation as a journalist who held those in power to account, while covering the local issues of the region including fires and floods.

We will also be joined by:

  • Jane Anderson (Latrobe Health Advocate)
  • Ian Needham (Executive Officer, Latrobe Health Assembly)
  • Bronwyn Green (Manager of Environmental Public Health, EPA Victoria)
  • Tony Murphy (Deputy Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria)