Rationale, design and methods for a community-based study of clustering and cumulative effects of chronic disease processes and their effects on ageing: the Busselton healthy ageing study
Alan James, Michael Hunter, Leon M Straker, John Beilby, Romola Bucks, Tim Davis, Robert H Eikelboom, David Hillman, Jennie Hui, Joe Hung, Matthew Knuiman, David A Mackey, Robert U Newton, Lyle J Palmer, AW Bill Musk
BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2013
The BHAS Investigators wish to acknowledge the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Equipment Grant scheme for purchase of essential equipment. The Busselton Population Medical Research Institute receives funding from the Office of Science and Department of Health of the Government of Western Australia, the City of Busselton, a bequest of the late Dr Janet Elder and private donors. We thank the Western Australian Country Health Service - South West for core infrastructure support. In-kind equipment and consumable support for the BHAS is gratefully received from ResMed Science Centre, Stallergens and BD Biosciences. Financial support has also been provided by School of Physiotherapy, Curtin University; Ear Science Institute Australia Inc.; and Lions Hearing Foundation of Western Australia Inc. The BHAS Investigators thank Prue Cormie, Mark Divitini, Chris Ellis, Natalia Lizama, Marion Macnish, Kashif Mukhtar, Barbara Rabey and Paul White for technical support and assistance in the operation of the study. We thank the operational team in Busselton of Elspeth Inglis, Aida Embling, Darcy Bennett, Shelley Cheetham, Jessica Storey, Debra Burwood, Dianne Toovey, Stephanie Murphy and Jenifer George for participant recruitment and data collection, and the community of Busselton for their ongoing support and participation.