WEEKS FOUR TO TWELVE: 3 MARCH 2014 – 28 APRIL 2014

From 7 March 2014, DHS made a second respite payment of $500 available.78 The same eligibility criteria that applied to the first payment also applied to this payment. DHS also made second and third relocation payments available on 7 and 14 March 2014.79

Dr Lester lifted the relocation advice on 17 March 2014.80 All children’s services and maternal and child health centres resumed normal operations on 24 March 2014.81 By the start of Term 2 on 22 April 2014, all schools and children’s services in Morwell had been cleaned and staff and students had returned.82

The Department of Health has committed to a long-term health study into the potential adverse health effects suffered by those affected by the Hazelwood mine fire. Dr Lester advised that the study would be conducted by an independent body and would consider the potential health impacts of the mine fire on heart and lung disease, cancers, mental health and birth weight of babies.83