Update Your Contact Details
Please remember to let us know when your contact details change. Feel free to email or call our friendly team to update your address, phone number or email so we can stay in touch.
If you or someone you know has lost touch with the 2000 Stories Study, please feel free to get in touch with us on the details below.
Phone 1800 706 101 (toll free Australia)
Please be assured that your privacy is upheld when your contact details are received and that your details are stored securely following strict protocols.
Ethics and Privacy
All information collected is kept strictly confidential. Survey responses are kept anonymous by being coded and stored securely and separately to your name and contact details.
Data is stored securely and in compliance with National Health and Medical Research guidelines, as well as Royal Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee requirements.
Results of the study are published in professional journals and presented at key health conferences in Australia and internationally. No individual information will be identified in any publication or presentation.
Royal Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) approval:
Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort 33168
Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort 26032
In 2021 we are finishing our Wave 11 interviews with our original 2000 Stories participants. We are still following up with some participants we didn’t reach in 2020, if you haven’t completed a Wave 11 interview please get in touch with the team on 1800 706 101. You can complete the interview over the phone or online.
We are also conducting our last family study interviews with children in the study as they turn 8. Our last VIHCS kid turns 8 in late 2021 so we will be continuing these interviews and home visits until the end of this year.
We are now beginning planning for the next wave of our family study, as some of the oldest kids in our study are in their teens. The study is seeking funding to continue the family study to understand how adolescence in our parent group in the 1990s differs from that of their children.
My 2000 Stories
Every participant in the 2000 Stories Study has told us a unique story over many years, making an invaluable contribution to our understanding of adolescent mental health and development into adulthood.
If you haven't received your copy of 'My 2000 Stories' please contact our team on the details below:
Phone 1800 706 101 (toll free Australia)
2000 Stories Participant Focus Group
In May 2019 we invited some of our original 2000 Stories participants to join us at the Royal Children's Hospital for a day of planning and feedback. Their contribution has helped us plan the next phase of the study.
We received great feedback from our participants on their experiences with the study, the interview content, how they would like to participate, and how we can make taking part in the future as easy as possible.
Professor George Patton and Professor Craig Olsson also joined the study team to chat with the participants about how their information has been used over the years to contribute to important papers and inform health policy.
2000 Stories has been running since 1992, for over 29 years. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of this amazing study!
This is a very common question, and a good one! We are at the exciting part of the study where we are able to look at the consequences and outcomes of your health during adolescence into mid-life. More than ever, it is crucial you stick with us! Very few studies worldwide have been able to follow participants so successfully over time to create such a deep understanding of how life and behaviours in adolescence effect the life course.
Following the same group of participants over time gives our study the ability to understand how behaviours, health, lifestyle and circumstances in adolescence impact future wellbeing and the next generation. This video explains the importance of longitudinal research like the 2000 Stories Study.
Seventy-five per cent of you are still involved! This is fantastic considering the study has been running for over 28 years, and is a world class standard for a study of this type. Many long term studies boast that they have kept more than 50 or 60% of their original participants involved. 2000 Stories is extremely fortunate to have so many of our valued participants still involved in the study.
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 Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee requirements.
Our research team will be able to chat to you about reimbursement options available when they call to arrange your interview. We value the time and effort it takes to complete a 2000 Stories interview, especially now that our participants' lives are so busy.
Yes, we have a range of interview options available to make it as easy as possible to participate. We do encourage participants to take advantage of 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!
Findings from the research are published in health and medical journals. You can see a list of all the publications that have come from the study on our Research Findings page. The findings are used to help shape public policy in Australia and internationally. 2000 Stories 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.
We must respect the privacy and confidentiality of all participants, so unfortunately we cannot provide you with contact details for other participants.
Yes, keep up to date with 2000 Stories by liking and following us on facebook, twitter and Linkedin.
Our 2000 Stories Facebook page is an active community of participants and researchers and we regularly post study happenings, research publications, 2000 Stories items in the news and other research that might be of interest to our followers.
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.
Please do not post offensive or commercial content on this page out of respect to others. Any content deemed offensive or inappropriate will be removed by the 2000 Stories team.