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Research projects currently recruiting:

Bushfire smoke, asthma, lung disease and masks – BREATHE, a new research study in 2022

Who we're looking for:

  • People who have asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis
  • People who live in ACT, NSW, SA or VIC in an area affected by bushfires or bushfire smoke 

Why: The aim of this research is to determine whether the use of surgical masks and P2 masks protects people with asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or bronchiectasis from the effects of smoke exposure during bushfire season in Australian Captial Territory, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

What is required: People who consent to be in the study will be randomly allocated to one of three groups: surgical masks, P2 masks or outdoor air avoidance. If allocated to a mask, they will need to wear a mask when exposed to bushfire smoke. They will be required to fill in a form at the start and the end of the study. Their health will be tracked during a maximum of 4 weeks around controlled backburning between August and November 2022 and through all of December 2022 and January 2023 this summer. A final period of follow up will occur from 1 April to 30 April 2023. Participants will receive air quality alerts as a trigger to wear their mask or avoid outdoor activities and fill in a short diary card each day. Masks will be posted to participants.

For more information: You can register and read more about study here.