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On-call responders needed for study

By: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Category: Health & Safety, Planning & Research

  11.28 AM 25 February, 2016

Location: General

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CFA volunteers and staff who work on-call can assist with valuable research to ensure the health and safety of emergency personnel.

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Associate Student Sarah Hall is assessing the sleep quality, quantity and stress physiology of emergency service volunteers and staff who operate on-call, as part of her PhD study at Deakin University.

Currently Sarah needs to gather data, and is seeking the help of males in emergency services who work on-call. Participants in the research should be aged between 18-75 and can be in either first responder or support roles

What does participation involve?

Participants will be required to wear an activity monitor and complete a sleep and work diary for two weeks, as well collect saliva samples for one week. Participants are sent a study kit in the mail and there is no need attend any testing sessions.

This first stage of Sarah’s research will only investigate men, as men and women cannot be tested together due to different physiological responses. It is anticipated that the same research will be completed with females in the second stage of the research.

Participation is open to emergency personnel in all states and territories, including CFA, and has ethics approval from Deakin University. Sarah is recruiting until the end of April.

If you are interested in finding out more information about participating, please contact Sarah on 03 9244 5033, 0425 861 019 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

This research is conducted by Deakin University. The author of this post is Nathan Maddock, Communications Officer at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

Last Updated: 01 March 2016