Annual Community Briefings

2022 Annual Community Briefing

(Coming soon, on the 18th October 2022)

We are pleased to announce that the Hazelwood Health Study will hold its 8th Annual Community Briefing on Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 1pm to 2pm. Please "Save the date".

The briefing will include presentations of study findings and progress from the last year. This year the session will be held as a Hybrid event, both in person and also online. Anybody with internet access on their computer, tablet or phone will be able to access the briefing.  The briefing will be held in the Conference room, at the Morwell Innovation Centre, 1 Monash Way Morwell (opposite TAFE Gippsland). If joining us online, simply click on the link we'll provide here soon. Alternatively, you will be able to access a recording of the briefing from our website at www.hazelwoodhealthstudy.org.au after the event.

There is no need to RSVP beforehand.  If you have any questions please telephone us on 1800 985 899.

2021 Annual Community Briefing

The 2021 Annual Community Briefing took place on Thursday 11th November 2021.

The briefing included presentations of study findings and progress from the last year. Community members, supporters and stakeholders were able to join the live event online.

We would like to thank everyone that was able to attend the Community briefing session. The Annual Community Briefing has been recorded and is available to watch here.

2020 Annual Community Briefing

The 2020 Annual Community Briefing took place on the 10th November 2020.

Due to the Victorian COVID-19 restrictions, like the rest of the community the Hazelwood Health Study has had to modify its work practices. As a result, this year the annual event was held as a live webinar. Community members, supporters and stakeholders were able to join the live event online.

We would like to thank everyone that was able to attend the Community briefing session. The Annual Community Briefing has been recorded and is available to watch here.

During the briefing, session researchers from the Respiratory, Early Life Follow-up, Hazelinks, Community Wellbeing and Psychological Impacts streams, reported on recent activities, findings and future plans.

Along with our Principal Investigators and Stream Leads, a number of key community leaders were present to contribute to the Question and Answer session, where they responded to a number of questions raised by community members.

2019 Community Engagement Session

The 2019 annual Community Engagement Session took place on 11 June 2019 at the Morwell Bowling Club. Forty-two people attended the Session which was facilitated by Professor John Catford, Chair, Latrobe Health Assembly. Jane Anderson, the Latrobe Health Advocate, took part and provided concluding comments. A powerpoint presentation  was used to guide the session. The Principal Investigators set the scene, reporting progress to date and providing examples of emerging outcomes from the study. There were five Roundtables and community participants all spent 15 minutes in conversation with researchers at three tables of their choice. Researchers outlined their proposed research activities for Years 6 – 10.

Key feedback from the community through Roundtable Conversations is available here:

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.