$1.5 M for Busselton Baby Boomers Research

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to provide $1.5 million to a long term Western Australian research project examining the health of people currently aged between 54 and 72 years old.

Busselton Population Medical Research Institute, a charitable organisation conducting medical and population health research, will use the funding to complete The Busselton Baby Boomer Study – Phase 2.

During Phase 1 of the longitudinal study the Institute collected medical data and bio specimens from more than 20,000 Busselton inhabitants over 5 decades. This resource can reduce the cost of data collection for medical research by up to 80%, reducing the time to complete research and delivering benefits to the Australian community much sooner.

Phase 2, known as the Busselton Baby Boomer Study (BBBS), will run to 2020, comparing individuals’ results over time.

Data collected in the study relates to vision and hearing disorders, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, muscle strength and physical function, obesity, diabetes, sleep disorders, bone health, spinal pain, mental health and cognition.

Phase 2 of the study would make a significant contribution to understanding of the impact and causes of chronic illness in Australia.

Ms Marino said that these studies provide highly valuable research about Australians’ health and the risk factors affecting it.

“We need this sort of information to ensure that our health system can continue to provide the best care to Australians, enabling them to remain healthy and active as they grow older.”

Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, thanked the residents of Busselton for their willingness to take part in vital health research.

“More than 5000 Busselton residents born between 1946 and 1964 are taking part in the study,” Mrs Marino said.

“It’s another example of the extraordinary generosity and foresight of this town’s population, which has already supported more than 450 research projects.

“In the past, research conducted here has contributed to a Nobel Prize-winning medical breakthrough. I have no doubt that this detailed Baby Boomers Study will prove equally valuable in the long run.”