Building bridges in global health
In January 2011, Queensland experienced the worst floods in more than 30 years. The project aims to recruit 300 women who will be invited to complete questionaries to assess their objective and subjective exposure to the floods and their perceptions of hardship and distress. Additional longitudinal data will be collected from questionnaires and infant assessments to be undertaken at 1.5, 2.5 and 4 years of age. Women will also be invited to participate in further arm to the study which will study which seeks to explore possible epigenetic and genetic consequences of prenatal exposure to the type of sudden and severe stress resulting from a natural disaster.