The University of Newcastle, Australia

Hazelwood Health Study: Community Wellbeing Stream

A/Prof. Michelle Duffy, Dr Susan Yell (Federation Uni.), Dr Sue Whyte (Federation Uni.), Dr Ainsley James (Federation Uni.), Prof. Judi Walker (Monash Uni.), Dr Matthew Carroll (Monash Uni.), Prof. Daryl Mayberry (Monash Uni.)

The Community Wellbeing Stream is part of the Hazelwood Health Study, a multidisciplinary longitudinal study that seeks to identify potential health outcomes for people who may have been impacted by the smoke from the 2014 Hazelwood mine fire. The overall aim of the Community Wellbeing Stream is to gain a detailed understanding of the impact of the Hazelwood mine fire smoke event on community wellbeing and resilience. More specifically, the work of this Stream is focused on community perceptions of firstly, the impact of the smoke event on community wellbeing and secondly, the effectiveness of community rebuilding activities, and, finally, community perceptions of effective communication during and after the smoke event. Information and findings about the Hazelwood Health Study can be accessed via


Indicative publications/ presentations:

Duffy, M, Wood, P, Whyte, S, Yell, S, Carroll, M (2016) Why isn’t there a plan? Community vulnerability and resilience in the Latrobe Valley’s open cut coal mine towns, in M Companion & M Chaiken (eds) Understanding Vulnerability, Building Resilience: Responses to Disasters and Climate Change CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group; pp. 199-209

Wood, P, Duffy, M, Yell, S, Morrissey, B, Whyte, S, Walker, L, Carroll, M, Maybery, D (2015) Coal Mine Fire Initial Impact on Community Health & Wellbeing Project Summary Report

Duffy, M, Yell, S. (2014) Collective grief and Australian natural disasters, in D Lemmings and A Brooks (eds), Emotions and Social Change: Historical and Sociological Perspectives New York: Routledge; pp. 159-184

Duffy, M, Morgan, D, Reeves, J (2016) Hazelwood's closure calls for a rethink on Latrobe Valley solutions The Conversation online: