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*COVID-19 Update* The ORIGINS Project is continuing.

Though we have had to change some of the ways we operate, ORIGINS is still in full swing. Despite the pandemic, babies are still being born, so we are recruiting new families every day.  At this time, we need our ORIGINS community for research more than ever. 

See the link below for further details on how ORIGINS has been affected by the coronavirus and what you need to know.


The ORIGINS Project is the largest study of its kind in Australia, following 10,000 families over the next decade to improve child and adult health.

The unique long-term study is one of the most comprehensive studies of pregnant women and their families in Australia to date, recruiting families whose babies are born at the Joondalup Health Campus.

ORIGINS will follow the progress of pregnant women, their partners and babies for the first five years of the baby’s life, following an increasing understanding that an individual’s lifetime health and disease may be programmed at a very early stage – while a child is still in the womb.

The project will collect detailed information on how a child’s early environment and parents’ physical health and genetics influence the risk of a wide range of diseases and conditions such as asthma, eczema, food allergies, hay fever, diabetes, obesity and autism. It will also look at how language development can affect outcomes such as academic achievement, social ability and relationships.

The ORIGINS Project is a collaboration between the Telethon Kids Institute and Joondalup Health Campus which is part of Ramsay Health Care. The project is funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and the Commonwealth Government through Telethon.

COVID-19 Advice for ORIGINS Participants 

The ORIGINS Project is following the advice of the Department of Health regarding the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Almost all ORIGINS activities are continuing but, to protect the wellbeing of your family and to maintain stability of the research, we have altered the ways in which we conduct appointments and sample collections.

Find out more about about COVID-19 and how it is affecting ORIGINS.

We also provide advice and tips for families and pregnant mums.





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