Participant information

Participants - we need to contact you.


To the study participants - its been quite a while since we were last in contact but as always we are extremely grateful for your participation in the LOOK study.

We are busy planning the next phase of measurements (2021-2) and we would like to contact you directly, so we can provide you with further details.

We ask ALL participants to please update their contact details using our secure form by clicking the button below. By updating your details, you are not committing to take part in any future assessments at this stage. Your details will only be used to send you study information and will never be shared with any external party or organisation.

What are the benefits of continuing to participate?

Participants in the Australian LOOK study are a very select group. They were selected in grade 2 from the ACT public primary school system as 8 year-olds in 2005. Those 8 year-olds are the only participants in the LOOK study. No other children have ever been added to this Australian longitudinal study. It is a special group whose physical and psychological characteristics have been measured through childhood and adolescence. Not only are we learning about the importance of physical activity and nutrition in the health and wellbeing of young Australians, but we also provide our cohort with assessments of health checks. 

Health checks form a sensible and valuable means of preventing disease. Indeed, even in our young cohort we were fortunate to have identified some potentially life-threatening issues. Fortunately, with early detection, diagnosis and treatment had these issues were resolved.

Benefits of participating in the LOOK study as young adults include an assessment of characteristics relevant to prevention of chronic disease in later life. Participants continue to be involved in a world-recognised longitudinal study, learning more about their own health in early adulthood, and setting up ongoing health monitoring in their later years. Then there is the general contribution to the community through medical science, helping us all understand the extent to which certain aspects of early lifestyle influence our health and well-being in later life. 

There has been and will continue to be absolutely no costs to participants.



We at the University of Canberra ensure complete confidentiality. Under no circumstances will any of your personal data be shared outside our group of research scientists. Data are stored securely with all names transferred to a number code form only. This means researchers working on the LOOK data can’t identify individual participants. Should any result emerge from the LOOK assessments that is considered an immediate risk to the health and well-being of a participant, there will be confidential notification through direct communication with the participant.  


All procedures have been examined by University of Canberra Human Research Ethics Committee and/or at the University involved. These committees are highly experienced in ensuring that all research complies with the highest standards of safety, care, purpose and confidentiality.


When is the next phase of testing expected to start?

We are still finalising the details but the next phase of testing will be in late 2021 or 2022. Please update your contact details and we will keep you posted.

Can I participate if I missed some of the past testing phases?

Definitely. Even if you only took part in one round of assessments either in primary or high school you can still participate in the next phase of the testing.

What do I need to do to take part in the next phase of the study?

All you need to do is update your contact details. In 2021 we will send you more information about the assessments and a consent form for you to complete should you choose to participate.

I am currently living interstate; will I still be able to participate?

Yes, we will organise assessments for participants living interstate.

I am currently living overseas; will I still be able to participate?

Yes. It may not be possible to take part in all aspects of the study while you are overseas, but you can still take part in online assessments. When you return to Australia, we can organise for you to take part in the remaining tests.

Can I choose to only participate in some of the tests?

Yes. You can opt out of any assessments at any time.

Should I tell my friends who were part of the study to update their contact details?

Yes. We would be grateful if you ask LOOK participants who you went to school with to update their contact details on our website or contact us directly.