Healthy Communities Research Centre director Professor Robert Bush and Bendigo Bank’s Matt Gnech look forward to the study beginning.
Healthy Communities Research Centre director Professor Robert Bush and Bendigo Bank’s Matt Gnech look forward to the study beginning. Claudia Baxter

Study to check Ipswich health

A 10-YEAR study that will examine the relationship between Ipswich residents’ health and their environment is powering ahead thanks to the support of the business community.

The Ipswich Study, an initiative from the University of Queensland Ipswich campus’ Healthy Communities Research Centre, is due to start next year.

But before they hit the streets and sign-up 10,000 families to take participate in the study, the team behind the project has been busy designing the study and finding businesses to help finance their efforts.

Big studies cost big dollars, which is why Professor Robert Bush said he was extremely grateful for the support of their sponsors, including the Bendigo Bank, who have donated $10,000 to the cause.

Professor Bush said the study would be of world-wide importance, and that the support of Ipswich businesses was an important factor in helping it come to fruition.

“Communities of the future need to be grown by a partnership between business, university researchers and communities themselves,” he said.

“That partnership grows much more prosperous and better communities because you begin to know how you are travelling.”

The fundraising campaign, launched in 2010, has attracted donations from a range of local organisations such as the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, Ipswich City Council and Ipswich Physiotherapy Centre.

Initial development work for the study was funded by The University of Queensland.

According to the research team, the Ipswich Study will unravel the complexities between neighbourhoods, residents and health by collecting information from volunteer families at regular intervals over 10 years and potentially beyond.

Bendigo Bank regional manager Michael List said that as a significant Ipswich employer, his bank had a great interest in what the study unearthed.

“Bendigo Bank is proud to be able to contribute to The Ipswich Study as its goals align closely with those of our bank, with the emphasis on improving the communities of which it is a part of,” he said.

Study Facts

Ten thousand families will be surveyed over 10 years.

Families will report to researchers at regular intervals

The study’s design has been developed over the past two years



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