Photo: One of the first families to join the exciting Generation Victoria (GenV) at West Gippsland Hospital in Warragul is Mother Chloe Walker Baxter, father Jack Welch, baby Harper with Gen V recruiter Darien Jack
Gen V study on mothers and newborns kicks off

An innovative GenV research project commenced at West Gippsland Healthcare Group in Warragul this week.

GenV – one of the world’s largest-ever birth and parent studies has started at West Gippsland Hospital. The opt-in project will follow babies and their parents to help solve problems like asthma, food allergies, obesity and mental illness – mostly using data that is already routinely collected.

Every family with a newborn baby will be able to join up over a two-year period, no matter where they live. West Gippsland Healthcare Group joins other birthing hospitals across Victoria, including other hospitals in Gippsland, in offering local families the opportunity to take part in GenV.

Professor Melissa Wake, GenV Scientific Director and a paediatrician of 30 years, said that by 2035, GenV’s vision is to have helped create a happier and healthier future for many children and parents.

“By involving children and families in this once-in-a-generation initiative, GenV can help solve pressing problems like asthma, food allergies, obesity, and mental illness.

“In addition, we are seeking to address the inequities that face so many children and families across Victoria. Because GenV will be in every community, it may be especially helpful to the most vulnerable individuals and communities in our state.

WGHG Director of Clinical Nursing Trish O’Kelly welcomed the research project to involve families in West Gippsland.

“GenV will provide the opportunity to treat and prevent common and complex conditions for our community into the future.”

Professor Wake said that large whole-of-state research projects such as GenV could speed up answers to the major issues facing children and adults, today and for their futures.

“GenV truly is a collaborative study and a partnership of many. We are profoundly grateful to the team at West Gippsland Healthcare Group for partnering with us,” she said.

“Over the next two years, around 150,000 children born in Victoria and their parents will have the opportunity to participate in the project. Put simply, by signing up to be a part of the GenV generation, parents will help to create a healthier future for all children and their families,” she said.

GenV is led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, is supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital and University of Melbourne and is funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF), the Victorian Government and the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Visit the GenV website for more information.

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