14 December 2020
North Western Melbourne Primary Healthcare Network (NWMPHN) is encouraging primary health care providers to support GenV, a new research project that will help improve long-term health and wellbeing for children and parents.
GenV is led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, with partners and collaborators including all 65 birthing hospital across Victoria.
GenV will launch at some sites earlier before rolling out Victoria-wide. GenV will begin recruiting in December 2020 at Joan Kirner Women’s & Children’s at Sunshine Hospital.
From mid-2021 every family having a baby in Victoria will be offered the chance to participate, no matter their background or location. This makes it unique globally.
GenV will result in better quality evidence about the health and wellbeing of a whole generation. This in turn will lead to better prediction, treatment and prevention of conditions that affect so many families.
GenV is unique, and it is essential as we try to build a better health and wellbeing system.
The information of families will be as secure as possible. Data will be de-identified and stored as safely as possible. Access to it will follow best-practice guidelines.
NWMPHN supports GenV and we encourage GPs, primary health care providers and other stakeholders to:
- Be informed about who, what, when and where – to learn what being part of GenV would mean for your patients, please visit genv.org.au
- Support families to make informed decisions about whether to participate – for example, consider displaying a GenV poster or brochures in your practice. If your patients are expecting a baby, please encourage them to visit genv.org.au
- Consider shaping or conducting research, which will strengthen evidence to improve practice or outcomes
NWMPHN encourages all families to consider being part of GenV – the results could benefit the families you see in your clinical practice for years to come.
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