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Improving Childrens Health With Ground-Breaking Research

Improving Childrens Health With Ground-Breaking Research

first_imgImproving Childrens Health With Ground-Breaking Research VIC PremierAn entire generation of young Victorians will be invited to join the GenV health study, which will provide answers to complex medical issues and drive better health outcomes for Victorian families.GenV will track the wellbeing of more than 100,000 Victorians throughout their lives, with support from the Andrews Labor Government’s $14 million investment in the Victorian Budget 2021/22.The investment will support the next phase of the project, which will invite every baby born in Victoria over the two years from 1 July to join the study.In addition to providing invaluable data for researchers, the study will make it easier to detect avoidable health issues in children by catching early warning signs of health issues.Participating families will receive regular communication to ensure they are fully aware of the project’s progression and how data will be used. Families can opt out of the study at any time.The pilot program began at the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital last year and has since expanded to 65 hospitals across Victoria, with the extra investment opening the door for every Victorian hospital to take part.So far 677 newborn babies have been involved, including 11 sets of twins. Data from the trial showed 93 per cent of parents feel positive about taking part in the voluntary initiative.GenV will also be a world-first investigation into the long-term effects of coronavirus on babies and children, shedding light on both the physical and economic impacts of the pandemic. The program will provide invaluable evidence which will shape strategies across health, early childhood development, education and human services.GenV has already established a state-of-the-art biobank that enables the safe storage of biological samples from participants, which is the first of its kind in Australia and the largest -80°C biobank in the Southern Hemisphere.The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is leading the project and working with the Royal Children’s Hospital, the University of Melbourne and the Paul Ramsay Foundation. The new investment builds on previous funding of $16 million, bringing the total Government support for GenV to $30 million.As stated by Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford“This study will not only improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young Victorians, it will also pinpoint critical links between environment, genetics, physical characteristics and developmental milestones.”“As one of the largest studies ever done on pregnancies and children, GenV reinforces Victoria’s position as a world leader in medical research.”“This ground-breaking work will be incredibly beneficial for health experts, researchers and policy makers – and it will be recognised internationally for decades to come.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, communication, coronavirus, developmental, environment, Government, health, investigation, Medical research, Melbourne, participants, Ramsay, southern, University of Melbourne, Victoria, womenlast_img read more