Study Timeline

The study has research streams targeted different groups and conditions. These streams will be rolled out at different times. A summary of the stream areas and the expected start dates is provided below.

Research streams:

Community Wellbeing The initial round of focus group discussions have been completed along with interviews with key stakeholders. The team are working with community organisations on projects to foster community recovery and wellbeing.
The Latrobe ELF Study More than 500 eligible children from across the Latrobe Valley have been enrolled in the study. Parents have completed a survey and child health assessments are currently taking place.
Older People Focus group discussions with community members along interviews with key stakeholders were completed in 2016. A brief summary of the findings and a more detailed report were provided in early 2017. These documents are available on the Study Findings page.
Schools Study The first round of data collection in 22 participating schools across the Latrobe Valley has been completed with some initial findings released. Further analysis is underway and the second round of data collection will commence in mid-2017.
Adult Survey Recruitment into the Adult Survey closed at the end of January 2017. Approximately 4000 people have been recruited. Results will be released as they become available with some survey respondents invited to participate in follow up health and psychological assessments.
Air quality assessment The air quality team at the CSIRO have been working to understand the where the smoke travelled to during the event. Preliminary information has been released on the spread of the smoke and on the air quality measurements taken during the period. This information is available on the Fact Sheets and Summaries page.
Follow up health and psychological assessments To commence in 2017 now that Adult Survey participants have been recruited.
Linkage to health records including hospital, ambulance and cancer Linkage to health records has commenced and is anticipated to continue for at least a ten year period. Preliminary findings from the analysis of ambulance call out data has been released.

An overview of the first three years of the study is provided below, highlighting the initial work completed in 2014 and the research activities that are currently underway and planned.

Hazelwood timelines diagram

Hazelwood timelines diagram