The Victorian Deaf Education institute (VDEI) is proud to be partnering with Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) to support the Victorian Listen Up Station of ChildHealth CheckPoint. This project is a one-off addition to the unique national resource of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC, also known as Growing Up in Australia), which is an opportunity to collect information about the health of young Australians.
Followed since infancy, the 4000 LSAC 11-12 year olds are invited to attend a purpose-built assessment centre as it travels around Australia in 2015. Each child and their accompanying parent undertake multiple state-of-the art measurements during a 3.5 hour session that is designed to be educational and useful to the participants as they learn about their health. The Listen up station of Child Health CheckPoint will allow children’s hearing and auditory functioning to be screened.
The resulting data will be housed at the MCRI and released in due course for the use of all researchers, with the linked longitudinal LSAC dataset, via the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The Child Health CheckPoint targets multiple Australian health priorities. It will show how biology, environment and psychology ‘get under the skin’ during childhood via physiological adaptations that ultimately lead to the major causes of death and morbidity. Its findings will inform public health and service strategies that lessen the foreseeable burden of non-communicable diseases.