This week marks a milestone for the Busselton Population Medical Research Institute’s Busselton Healthy Ageing Study (BHAS) with the 4000th study participant attending the centre for testing.
The study, which is open to all Baby boomers (adults born 1946-1964) on the electoral roll and living in the region, commenced in 2010 and is investigating a wide range of conditions including depression, anxiety, diabetes, bone density, cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory health, cognition, hearing and vision disorders, sleep apnoea and physical function. As well as contributing vital information for medical research, participants receive a copy of their test results which in some cases has been invaluable in detecting early signs of disease among a number of attendees.
The Busselton Health Study Centre Director, Dr Michael Hunter said “Through the generosity and participation of the Busselton and Dunsborough community this important study is providing a rich resource for Western Australia’s researchers seeking to understand the risk factors and causes of illness and disease in our ageing population. Preliminary findings from this study have been presented at a number of recent international and national conferences including the American Thoracic Society meeting held in San Diego, USA and the World Congress on Audiology in Brisbane, Australia and results have also been published in a number of medical journals”. He said “Planning is also currently underway to commence the retesting of all previous attendees early next year”.
Local Study Coordinator Elspeth Inglis has urged any Baby boomers (adults born 1946 to 1964) in the region who have not yet taken part to please contact the centre on 9754 0548 for an appointment. “If you have received an invitation it is still not too late to attend” she said. “It is really important that people with an invitation contact us even if they do not wish to take part as this helps us calculate response rates which is extremely important for when we report findings of our research in the medical literature.”