Annual Community Briefings

2019 Community Engagement Session

We are pleased to invite you to participate in an upcoming community engagement session. The engagement evening will be held at the Morwell Bowling Club, 52 Hazelwood Rd Morwell, on Tuesday 11 June commencing at 6.30pm.

To RSVP, please click here

The study is considering its research directions for the next five years and is keen to involve the community in a discussion about the findings to date and about the future directions of the study.

The session will be chaired by Professor John Catford, known to the community through his work with the Latrobe Health Assembly and role on the two Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiries.

Jane Anderson, the Latrobe Health Advocate, will also be there to hear about the study’s findings and to encourage people to have their say. What Jane hears from communities informs the work she does to identify necessary system changes to improve health and wellbeing in Latrobe.

The session will also give residents a chance to meet with researchers from the different research streams to hear directly from them about the findings and what they mean for the community, and about the plans for the next five years.

We hope to see as many people as possible attend the session and talk with us about the study.

Please note, this is a free community event that will be open to all. RSVPs are being collected for catering purposes only, and all are welcome to attend the event whether or not you have registered.

2018 Community Engagement Session

The Hazelwood Health Study hosted a Community Engagement Session on the 22 August 2018, at the Morwell RSL Club. This year’s event was attended by over 70 people, making it our largest community engagement session to date.

The purpose of the session was to foster a two-way communication channel between researchers and community members. During the engagement session Hazelwood Health Study researchers reported findings, and responded to questions and suggestions from community members about the study.

The event commenced with a brief explanation of the intersections between the study and local health initiatives, including the Latrobe Health Assembly and the Latrobe Health Advocate within the broader Latrobe Health Innovation Zone. To set the scene, Gerard Callinan, a former ABC Gippsland presenter, interviewed principal investigators Michael Abramson and Judi Walker.

Community members had the opportunity to join roundtable discussions with our lead researchers from the Early Life follow up, Community Wellbeing, Hazelinks, Adult Survey and Psychological Impacts streams. In addition, this year a roundtable was set up for community members to ask key stakeholders, which included Deputy Commissioner Tony Murphy (Emergency Management Victoria), Bronwyn Green (Environment Protection Authority Victoria), Ian Needham (Latrobe Health Authority), and Jane Anderson (Latrobe Health Advocate), their questions.

2017 Community Engagement Session

Two Hazelwood Health Study community briefings, now known as Community Engagement Sessions, were held in Gippsland in early October. The purpose of the engagement sessions was to provide community members with a study update, including the latest round of results, how these results can be used to help the community and future research. Attendees were also encouraged to engage with the researchers.

The first session was held in Morwell on Monday 9 October at the Morwell Bowling Club. The session included an interview with study principal investigators Michael Abramson and Judi Walker. The interview, led by moderator and former ABC Gippsland presenter Gerard Callinan, focused on the operations of the study, the results to date and how it would work with the community. The interview was also open to questions from attendees.

Following the interview, the session broke out into several roundtable discussions focusing on the study’s research streams. Attendees participated in four roundtable rotations led by research stream leads. Researchers provided participants with an update of their research stream and answered questions from attendees. About 40 people attended the Morwell session.

The second session was held in Sale on Tuesday 10 October at the Bond Street Event Centre.This session differed from the one held in Morwell – it focused on content relevant to Sale participants and no roundtable discussions were included. An interview took place between Gerard Callinan, Judi Walker and Community Advisory Committee Sale representative, Ruth Churchill. Their conversation focused on the importance of including Sale community members in the study.

Following the interview, there were two presentations about the Adult Survey and recent cancer results, and the clinical testing about to get underway in Sale. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions during the presentations. About 20 people attended the Sale session.

A copy of the Hazelwood Health Study Research Streams Overview document, made available at both sessions, can be viewed here.

2016 Annual Community Briefing

A Community Briefing was held in Morwell on 29 November 2016 at the Morwell Bowling Club. See below for a copy of the slides that were presented:

2015 Annual Community Briefing

A Community Briefing was held in Morwell on 11 August 2015 where the Hazelwood Health Study was presented to the Community.  See below for a copy of the slides that were presented:

A further briefing was held in Sale on 20 August where study team members gave an overview of the study, highlighting the Adult Survey component which will include Sale. A copy of the slides is available here. The study team is committed to providing regular updates to the community as the study progresses. Details of upcoming briefings will be provided here in due course.