ANU offers $50 for PFAS stories, tomorrow

CONTAMINATION RISKS: ANU's epidemiological study will combine the results of blood testing with information about the community’s health issues to possibly identify links between PFAS exposure and disease.
CONTAMINATION RISKS: ANU's epidemiological study will combine the results of blood testing with information about the community’s health issues to possibly identify links between PFAS exposure and disease.

A $50 Woolworths voucher is being offered up to Katherine residents to talk about their experience of living in a PFAS contaminated area. 

Australian National University has begun research into the health risks of living with PFAS in Katherine and is seeking residents to participate in focus groups. 

“This is a great opportunity for people to tell us what their health concerns are in relation to the PFAS contamination,” ANU study coordinator and doctor Katherine Todd said. 

“The group discussions are designed to allow all attendees to have their say on the issues that are of concern to them.

“The information that we collect from the group discussions will be used to design questions for the upcoming cross-sectional survey, and will also be presented to the Department of Health in a report.”

The focus groups will be held tomorrow at 10am and 7pm, and Thursday at 7pm for all members of the community. 

“We are keen to include people who have a range of experiences with, and views of, PFAS health risks,” Ms Todd said. 

“This is a great way for residents to have an opportunity to discuss their experiences living or working in a PFAS-contaminated area,” she said. 

The results of the discussions will be combined with the findings from the focus groups already conducted in Williamtown and Oakey.

Up to seven focus groups will be held as part of the wider study into PFAS, with discussions taking between one and two hours.

“As a token of appreciation for participant’s time, a Woolworths Essentials gift card will be offered at the end of the discussion to all participants,” Ms Todd said. 

The location of the focus groups will be provided at the time of registration to even out numbers and ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their say.

To register or find out more information contact the ANU study team on 02 6125 6079 or emailing pfas.health.study@anu.edu.au. 

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