Curiosity’s in the blood

Testing for the clinical streams of the Hazelwood Health Study is about to get underway.
The Cardiovascular Stream is expected to include a full blood examination and the Respiratory Stream testing will measure Hemoglobin, the oxygen that carries protein inside red blood cells.
Blood is important for our body as it is pumped through our veins and arteries, transporting oxygen from our lungs to all of the other organs, tissues and cells that need it.
But that’s not all it does.
Click here to learn more about the vital fluid coursing through our veins.

Would you like to know more?

Learn more about the Cardiovascular Stream here.
Learn more about the Respiratory Stream here.

Adult Survey coming soon

The Adult Survey is a large survey of all adults on the Electoral Roll and who lived in Morwell at the time of the mine fire. This is the final Hazelwood Health Study stream to roll out, mainly because it is the largest and most complex part. Eligible residents will start receiving information about the survey from early May.

Participation involves answering a one-off questionnaire about your health and wellbeing, where you were during the mine fire and the type of house you live in, and giving the researchers permission to access further health information from hospital, ambulance and cancer databases.

Results from the Adult Survey may identify any health impacts in adults exposed to the mine fire event and how widely these impacts were felt in the region. Central to this work will be the comparison between two local communities – Morwell which was most exposed to the smoke and Sale which was minimally exposed. The findings will then be generalised to the other communities in the Latrobe Valley and beyond which were impacted by the smoke event.

Rather than approaching all eligible adults in both communities at once, we will divide Morwell and Sale into smaller areas which we will approach over a 6 month period.

To reimburse participants for their time, invited adults who complete the survey will receive a $20 ‘Latrobe City’ or ‘Shop in Sale’ gift voucher.

The success of the study depends on as many people as possible completing the Adult Survey whether older or younger, well or unwell. The higher the participation rate, the better the outcome for the two communities, the Latrobe Valley and the wider region. In addition to identifying any impacts from the smoke event, the study will provide new information about long-term or chronic health conditions of the local communities which will provide the evidence base for health policy and planning.

So keep an eye out for information about the study in your mailbox and get involved. The Hazelwood Health Study team will be at community events over the next 6 months to explain the Adult Survey as well as providing information in the local media and here on our website.

Further information about the Adult Survey is available here and a copy of the Information Sheet for eligible residents is can be downloaded by clicking here.

Popping up in Morwell

With the Adult Survey now under way, we’ve been getting out to spread the word. We were in Morwell for the pop up park recently. You’ll be able to find us at the Farmers Market in Morwell on Saturday 14 May. If you’re there, come and have a chat.

Park strip near cafes with marquee in distance and Hazelwood stand at front left

Out and about: we dropped into the pop up park in Morwell recently

Study visits Sale Library

A study member will be attending the Sale Library on Thursday  26 May from 10am – 11:30am. Sale residents are encouraged to come and chat with Susan Denny about the study.

Study comes to Sale Library

Study comes to Sale Library

The Adult Survey has commenced

The Adult Survey has commenced, with almost 1000 invitation packs delivered in recent weeks and a further 2000 to be delivered in early June. This has been the final Hazelwood Health Study stream to roll out, mainly because it is the largest and most complex part. Invitation packs with detailed information about participation will continue to be mailed to approximately 13,500 eligible residents in Morwell and Sale over the coming 5 months. Rather than approaching all eligible residents at once, Morwell and Sale have been divided in to smaller residential areas which will be approached one at a time.

Participation involves answering a one-off questionnaire about your health and wellbeing, where you were during the mine fire and the type of house you live in, and giving the researchers permission to access further health information from hospital, ambulance and cancer databases

To reimburse participants for their time, invited adults who complete the survey will receive a $20 ‘Latrobe City’ or ‘Shop in Sale’ gift voucher.

The success of the study depends on as many invited people as possible completing the Adult Survey whether older or younger, well or unwell and regardless of whether they believe they were impacted by the smoke event or not. The higher the participation rate, the better the outcome for the two communities, the Latrobe Valley and the wider region.

Results from the Adult Survey may identify any health impacts in adults exposed to the mine fire event and how widely these impacts were felt in the region. Central to this work will be the comparison between two local communities – Morwell which was most exposed to the smoke and Sale which was minimally exposed. The findings will then be generalised to the other communities in the Latrobe Valley and beyond which were impacted by the smoke event.

In addition to identifying any impacts from the smoke event, the study will provide new information about long-term or chronic health conditions of the local communities which will provide the evidence base for health policy and planning.

So keep an eye out for information about the study in your mailbox and get involved. The Hazelwood Health Study team will be at community events over the next 6 months to explain the Adult Survey as well as providing information in the local media and here on our website.

Further information about the Adult Survey is available here and a copy of the Information Sheet for eligible residents is can be downloaded by clicking here.

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 www.hazelwoodhealthstudy.org.au or www.facebook.com/HazelwoodHealthStudy

To submit your questions, visit http://hazelwoodhealthstudy.org.au/2018-community-engagement-session/ 

Elf Study clinical assessments underway

Breathing and heart system checks are now underway at the Latrobe Community Health Service in Morwell. We have had a great response from parents of our young ELF participants and it has been great getting to meet many of you face-to-face! All participants who have agreed to take part in clinics have been sent a letter containing a unique log-in which can be used to make an appointment online. Melanie and Susan have also been busy on the phones making appointments.

If you haven’t already been contacted for a clinic booking you can call the Latrobe ELF Study support line on 1800 322 102, or email us at [email protected].

All clinic attendees receive a $25 Coles voucher, and the kids are kept smiling with a cute cuddly toy and book to take home.  Here are a couple of our happy customers!

ELF clinicals1ELF clinicals2

Click here to read what is involved in the breathing check.
Click here to read what is involved in the heart system check.

Archers get on board the study

Susan Denny recently spent an evening with members of the Twin City Archers in Morwell. She explained the adult survey to the club – before getting down to the serious business of shooting targets. Thanks for such a warm welcome everyone!

One woman and four men standing in a line with their bows at an indoor archery range.

Hazelwood Health Study Supporters – and members of Twin City Archers.