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.

For more information on the Lung Function Test Result for GPs can be found here, and responses to frequently asked questions are provided here

Study Findings                                                      

15 July 2019 - The impact of coal mine fire  smoke on asthma

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