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Update Your Contact Details

Twice a year we will ask that you provide us with some up-to-date details, such as your address and contact information. We will also ask you to answer some short questions about your current parenting status, including the details of any children you may have. If you have provided us with your email address for contact, we will send you an email. Otherwise, we'll contact you via phone.

Please be assured that your privacy is upheld when your contact details are received.

Can I update my details now?
Absolutely! It can be challenging to keep up with our 2000 participants. If you move or change any of your contact details, please feel free to get in touch via the details below.

T 1800 706 101 (toll free Australia)


Participant News

A message from the 2000 Stories team
Professor George Patton and the 2000 Stories team would like to thank all participants who completed the VAHCS Wave 10 interview (2012-2014) and the families who shared their experiences of parenthood in our VIHCS Perinatal interviews (2006-2014). Without your ongoing support 2000 stories and the insights it provides to the community would not be possible. 

What’s next?

We are now inviting families to participate in a new exciting phase of VIHCS that was officially launched in late 2015. If you and/or your partner completed a perinatal interview with us (when your child was a baby) and your child is turning 8 years old in the next month or so keep an eye on your post-box for more information!


Since 1992, over 25 years!

This is a very common question and a good one! We are at the exciting part of the study, being able to look at the consequences and outcomes of your health during adolescence on the next 10 years of your lives. More than ever, it is crucial you stick with us!

75 per cent of you are still involved! This is fantastic considering the study has been running for over 20 years.

No. It is illegal and unethical for us to complete the interview while you are driving. We have to make sure your safety comes first!

Yes. We store all our data very securely and in compliance with National Health and Medical Research guidelines, as well as Royal Childrens Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee requirements.

No, but you're contributing immensely to an amazing Australian research project, which has helped inform health policy and even supported a submission to the UN! We can only continue this research with your help, and we're thrilled to still have you in the study after 20 years!

While we do have alternate options, trust us, it is far quicker for our excellent trained interviewers to deliver the interview and take your answers, as sometimes the questions can seem tricky or unclear. Our interviewers are also a pleasure to chat to, how lucky we are to have them!

As we have now finished recruiting for the perinatal phase of the family study we do not need to be advised if you or your partner were to become pregnant again. As we will likely speak to you at some stage in the future, we look forward to receiving any news then!

The group research findings from this study are submitted to send to leading health and medical journals for publishing, so that the important messages we find can be shared with the rest of the world. Our findings have also received media attention, helped shape policy, and influenced submissions to the United Nations.

You can find a list of our publications generated from this study by visiting the Media and Publications Page.

We must respect the privacy and confidentiality of all participants, so unfortunately we cannot provide you with contact details for other participants. 

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If you do not want people in your friends list to know you liked this page you can adjust your privacy setting to hide your likes. Liking this page may reveal that you are a participant in this study. Commenting on this page makes your user name visible to others who have liked this page. In this case, your confidentiality from other participants in the study cannot be guaranteed.
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