Information for participants

If your child is part of the HealthNuts study we'd like to thank you for taking the time to contribute to this valuable research.

As you may recall, HealthNuts is a ground breaking study of food allergy in children. We first met you at your local immunisation centre when your child was 12 months old. Beginning in 2007, 5,300 infants across Melbourne were tested for food allergy. Around 1,000 came to the HealthNuts clinic at The Royal Children's Hospital for further allergy testing.

Age 4 year old phase

We re-contacting families as children turned four years old and asked parents to fill out a questionnaire. Thank you to parents who returned their questionnaire - we really appreciate your help!

Age 6 year old phase

At age 6 years, we're inviting all HealthNuts children to have a free allergy health check. We're also asking parents to fill out a short questionnaire. If you've received a questionnaire for your six year old and haven't yet returned it, it's not too late to send it back. We'd like all HealthNuts children to take part, even if they don't have any allergies. If your child doesn't have any allergies, we'd like to find out why!

Click here for more details and/or to fill out the Age 6 Consent Form and Questionnaire online

Age 10 year old phase

Soon we will be following up partcipants again as they turn 10 years of age. More details to come.

Keeping in touch

Please let us know on (03) 8341 6266 or health.nuts@mcri.edu.au if:

  • Your child has already turned four or six and you haven't heard from us. We'll send you more information, or you can go online on the above link for the six year old phase.
  • You have moved or are planning to move or have changed your phone/mobile number or email address - so we can keep in touch.

We greatly appreciate families supporting research and your continued involvement will help us to better understand allergies.

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