Study’s funding boom

THE federal government has committed $1.5 million to a long term Busselton 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 five decades.

The Busselton Baby Boomer Study will run to 2020 and compare 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 Forrest MP Nola Marino made the announcement at the re-launch event on October 13, which was attended by 200 people, many of who were participants in the study.

The event also featured a question and answer session with the medical researchers.

Ms Marino said these studies provided 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,” she said.

Ms Marino thanked participants 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,” she 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.”

Source: Busselton Dunsborough Mail