Frequently Asked Questions

For Participants

Thanks to your involvement, we have published over 500 pieces of research in peer reviewed journals. You can search our research using a keyword search, depending on your area of interest, here.

We take the security of our participant’s data very seriously. Any researcher that has access to your de-identified data goes through a rigorous protocol. You can read more about how we protect your privacy here.

As a longitudinal health study we track the same participant families throughout their life, so no, we don’t recruit any new families as the years go by. We may recruit new participants from our existing families, such as children born to our participants, but not new families.  You guys are it, which is why you are so special to us!

Yes, of course. We are happy to pull out any information we can have collected on you if you or your Doctor needs it. Simply drop us an email to rainestudy@uwa.edu.au and we will be able to help.

You can update your contact details such as address, email, phone number as well as the birth of any children etc on this page, or call (08) 6488 6952.

You can add any details of children, spouses etc on this page, or call (08) 6488 6952.

All the details on our current and future planned follow-ups can be found at the following page.

Thanks to your involvement we know life-changing things like:

  • Ultrasounds on pregnant mothers are safe and we have set international standards for ultrasounds during pregnancy
  • Mothers who don’t smoke during pregnancy increase the outcome of having a happier and healthier child
  • Children who grow up without a liquor outlet close to their home drink less as a young adult
  • Young adults who participated in sport more as children have stronger bones
  • Children who were breast-fed for four months or longer have healthier weight and less asthma and allergies
  • Breast-feeding reduces the chances of a middle ear infection as a young child
  • Children with better sleep patterns have better mental health in later life
  • Teenagers who eat a healthy diet have better school achievement
  • Even if you have back pain as an adolescent, it doesn’t mean you will experience it throughout life
  • Children and adolescents who watch less TV have less fat as a young adult
  • Vitamin D is good for eye health
  • Working less than 38 hours a week decreases your risk of heart disease

Plus so much more. You can search more of our research here.

Participant involvement is at the core of all we do and we are keen to have participants involved in the early stages of our research projects. If you would like to get involved in future projects, email us your expression of interest to rainestudy@uwa.edu.au

Yes! Our follow-up physical assessments are all done in Western Australia, however we do a number of online questionnaires which you can still take part in. However, if you are ever planning any trips back to Perth, we would love you to get in touch and let us know as we would love to see you for an appointment.

It depends on the follow-up, but yes – there are usually always some parts of each follow-up you can be involved in. Just let us know if you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant when booking.

Whilst we aren’t just yet, watch this space. We are actually in the process of exploring our options to see if we can commence a simple project to start collecting pregnancy information from you. If you are pregnant however, let us know and we will keep you update.

The Raine Study looks at all areas of health and well-being, not just physical health. So therefore the environmental factors associated with where you live, work and socio-economic details are really interesting areas of study. All of these details are of course kept confidential and always de-identified.

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