01 May 2020 – Research study established to track impact of COVID-19 in schools

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Education, Health
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases
Level of Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Lead People/Agency: The study is a partnership between the departments of Health and Education with the Telethon Kids Institute, and will commence next week with swabbing expected to start in coming weeks.
Health Minister Cook said “The team involved in the DETECT program come from a range of leading medical research institutes in WA, brought together by WA Health. I thank them for their efforts and I am confident this research study will provide vital insights to assist us in our ongoing battle with COVID-19.
“This study is in addition to a $3 million commitment to COVID-19 related health and medical research projects, an indication of the McGowan Government’s commitment to tackling this virus on all fronts.”

Overview: The McGowan Government is partnering with the Telethon Kids Institute in a study to test for COVID-19 among school students and staff without symptoms.

The school project forms part of the DETECT program, a McGowan Government initiative which brought together some of WA’s leading researchers and asked them to design a population study to examine the prevalence of COVID-19 on key sectors of our community.
Full details here: https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/05/Research-study-to-track-impact-of-COVID-19-in-schools.aspx

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