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Release date
15 Feb 2016
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Sarah Hall
PhD Student

On-call responders needed for study

If you volunteer or work on-call you can assist valuable research to ensure the health and safety of emergency personnel.

CRC Associate Student Sarah Hall is assessing the sleep quality, quantity and stress physiology of emergency service volunteers and career staff who operate on-call, as part of her PhD study at Deakin University.

Currently Sarah needs to gather data, and is seeking the help of males in emergency services who work on-call. Participants in the research should be aged between 18-75 and can be in either first responder or support roles.

What does participation involve?

Participants will be required to wear an activity monitor and complete a sleep and work diary for two weeks, as well collect saliva samples for one week. Participants are sent a study kit in the mail and there is no need attend any testing sessions.

This first stage of Sarah’s research will only investigate men, as men and women cannot be tested together due to different physiological responses. It is anticipated that the same research will be completed with females in the second stage of the research.

Participation is open to emergency personnel in all states and territories, and has ethics approval from Deakin University.

If you are interested in finding out more information about participating, please contact Sarah on 03 9244 5033, 0425 861 019 or

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